Southern Cross University

Bachelor of Podiatry, Bachelor of Pedorthics

Southern Cross University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 097466G

Level of study: Undergraduate


Enhance your career opportunities considerably with this accelerated double degree.

The Bachelor of Podiatry, Bachelor of Pedorthics equips you with the skills to become both a podiatrist and a pedorthist, extending your possibilities in the design and manufacture of footwear and orthotics to treat foot and lower limb conditions.

You will complete subjects from both disciplines that will encourage the development of a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge. These include extensive studies in anatomy with a focus on lower limbs and feet, psychology, orthoses, biomechanics, pharmacology, risk, clinical accountability and clinical reasoning. High-tech laboratories and manufacturing facilities on campus provide contemporary learning environments, complemented by significant blocks of workplace experience.

Graduates have an array of career opportunities in both fields and in careers that combine both disciplines.

Major areas of study

The Bachelor of Podiatry enables students to develop an understanding of the theoretical and practical components of podiatry, with a focus on both general and specialist knowledge and skills. This includes broad subject areas including anatomy, patho-physiology, pharmacology, psychology and communication. As students move through the course, they study more specialised content including biomechanics, rehabilitation, dermatology, rheumatology and paediatrics.

In the Bachelor of Pedorthics, students are introduced to foot care as a requirement for living independently and being mobile. Studies include learning about health problems associated with feet and footwear design and production.

Clinical skills are gained through a gradual process of preclinical stimulation, internal University clinics and external clinical practice placements.

Career opportunities

This double degree is ideal for careers in both disciplines, and particularly for podiatrists who can extend their practice into the manufacture of medical-grade footwear and other orthotic devices, such as ankle foot orthoses.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 27,600 Per Year Read more3,450 per unit
Start date: 01 March 2021
Study mode: Full time

Gold Coast Campus

Southern Cross Drive
Gold Coast Queensland 4225

Entry criteria

Qualification equivalent to Australian Year 12 with the required entry grade.

Applicants must have IELTS - 7.0 with no band less than 7.0; CAE - 67; TOEFL PBT - 600 min 5.0 (TWE); TOEFL iBT - 94 with no less than 25 in writing; PTE - 65 with no communicative score less than 65; ISPLR - 4+ in all 4 skill areas.


Southern Cross University
Lismore Campus
Military Road North Coast New South Wales 2480