Assured Pathway entry to Podiatric Medicine

This page is for domestic school-leaver applicants to the Assured Pathway to Podiatric Medicine. If you are not a domestic school leaver, view other application requirements.

School leavers may be eligible to apply for an Assured Pathway to Podiatric Medicine. Entry is on a competitive basis, with places being offered to the highest-ranking applicants. To be considered for a place, applicants must meet minimum eligibility requirements and must not have commenced any tertiary studies, including university degree studies or vocational training at diploma level or above.

Successful applicants who gain a place in an Assured Pathway will commence UWA undergraduate studies and, on completion, progress to their postgraduate degree. The Assured Pathway place in the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is conditional on successful completion of a UWA bachelor’s degree with a minimum HMS Grade Point Average (HMS GPA) of 5.0.

Assured Pathway students may complete a UWA Bachelor of Arts, Biomedical Science, Commerce or Science. Students who wish to undertake a Assured Pathway via the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BPhil) must include this as an additional preference in their application (further information is below).

Assured Pathway students who undertake the Podiatric Health & Medical Sciences extended major within their UWA bachelor’s degree will commence the DPM in the second year, reducing the overall study period by one year. Refer to further information below under the heading Course Structure and Curriculum.

An Assured pathway is specific to a place in a particular postgraduate course. Applicants should therefore ensure their application preferences reflect their true career aspirations. An Assured Pathway to the DPM cannot be transferred to a different postgraduate course. Assured Pathway students may apply for graduate entry into a different postgraduate course should their career aspirations change.

Entry requirements

Refer to details below regarding quotas and entry requirements.

Application process and timelines
  • Assured Pathway applications are via TISC and will close late September according to TISC deadlines.
  • UWA's Rural eligibility form must be submitted with the TISC application by the TISC deadline.
  • Refer to the TISC guide for current course codes and application deadlines.
  • Interview dates to be advised.
  • Course offers will be as per TISC timelines.
Eligibility criteria

High academic achievers

This quota is for high-achieving high school students with a minimum ATAR of 94 (or equivalent).

Rural

The Rural program is part of a Federal Government initiative to address workforce shortages in medicine, dentistry, and allied health care in regional, rural and remote Australia. To be eligible, an applicant’s principal home address must have been in an area defined by the Department of Health as regional, rural or remote according to the Modified Monash Model (MMM) for any five years consecutively or at least 10 years cumulatively. A search engine for eligible locations can be found on the DoctorConnect website - click on Modified Monash Model 2019.  The MMM 2019 rates locations based on 2016 census data on a scale of 1 - 7. If you are a domestic student who lives or has lived in areas rated MM-2 through MM-7 for the defined periods you may be eligible for consideration within the Rural quota.

School-leaver applicants to the Assured Pathway who believe they fit the rural definition must submit UWA's Rural Eligibility form which will be available via the TISC application process. Note the TISC closing date for Podiatric Medicine and Pharmacy is late September; refer to the TISC website for up-to-date information on deadlines. TISC applications open early to mid August each year. Contact the Specialist Admissions team should you have further queries.

Broadway

Broadway UWA is designed to ensure access to UWA courses is available to the broadest range of students with the potential to succeed at university. The program aims to promote equity in the selection of students and increase diversity in the student cohort.

Specified schools are invited to participate in this program. The full list of schools can be viewed here. To be eligible, the applicant must have undertaken their entire Year 12 studies, including WACE, at a UWA Broadway school.

Broadway school-leaver applicants will indicate their school as part of their TISC application. Refer to the TISC website for updated information on application timelines.  Contact the Specialist Admissions team for further information.

Indigenous

Applicants who identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are accepted as such by the community in which they live, or have lived, are eligible for consideration as an Indigenous Assured Pathway applicant. Applicants must provide a person or organisation who can verify their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status. Applicants should contact the Specialty Admissions team or the School of Indigenous Studies for information regarding this pathway.

English language competency requirement
All Assured Pathway applicants are required to meet the standard English language competency level for The University of Western Australia.
Prerequisite and recommended subjects

Assured Pathway students must complete a UWA bachelor’s degree before commencing the DPM. In addition to English language competency requirements, there may be other prerequisites depending on the chosen major. In most cases, students who have not undertaken prerequisite subjects may undertake bridging units as part of their bachelor’s degree studies.

The following ATAR or equivalent subjects are recommended, or may be taken as Level 1 university units:

  • Chemistry
  • Maths Applications or above
  • Biology or Human Biology
Interviews
  • TISC applicants who can meet the eligibility requirements will be shortlisted for an interview based on their ATAR or equivalent. Shortlisting for interviews will take place after applications have closed.
  • The School of Allied Health will interview shortlisted applicants.
  • Eligible applicants will be contacted with more information after shortlisting is complete.
  • The interview will be a structured process allowing applicants to display some of the personal qualities considered desirable in allied health practitioners, and increase their competitiveness for a place.
  • Timing of interviews and eligibility notifications to be advised.
Final ranking and availability of places
  • Final ranking will be based on ATAR or equivalent, and interview score.
  • Up to 21 places across the various domestic quotas will be offered for the Assured Pathway to Podiatric Medicine. Up to 10 per cent of available places will be offered to eligible rural applicants, and up to 10 per cent of available places will be offered to eligible Indigenous applicants.
Course structure and curriculum

Assured Pathway students will undertake a UWA bachelor’s degree of their choice before progressing to the DPM. The most popular option is to undertake the Bachelor of Biomedical Science with the Podiatric Health & Medical Sciences extended major. Assured Pathway students who complete their bachelor’s degree with this extended major with a minimum GPA of 5.0 proceed to the second year of the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. The minimum period to complete both degrees is five years, or six years for students who do not undertake the Podiatric Health & Medical Sciences major.

While the default option is the Bachelor of Biomedical Science with the Podiatric Health & Medical Sciences major, students on an Assured Pathway may choose to undertake any UWA bachelor’s degree. This provides our students with the opportunity to build a unique skill set that will suit their interests and support their long-term career goals. Students who have an interest in research may like to undertake an honours year before proceeding to their postgraduate professional studies. Students who undertake an honours year, including those enrolled in the Bachelor of Philosophy, will take a minimum of six years to complete both degrees, or seven years for students who do not undertake the Medical Sciences major.

Students choose a major from the degree-specific majors and may choose to add a second major from any field. This allows students to combine diverse interests for a unique degree. A student who has an interest in athletic performance, fitness and injury rehabilitation may choose the extended major Sport Science and Exercise and Health. Students with an interest in promoting community awareness of how foot and ankle health can impact on general health may combine a Biomedical Science major with Science Communication or Communication and Media Studies. Students who aspire to run their own podiatry practice may like to incorporate a major from the Bachelor of Commerce to build their business skills.

Students on an Assured Pathway to the DPM must ensure their chosen course of study for their bachelor’s degree will fulfil the DPM prerequisites. These units may be incorporated into any UWA bachelor’s degree as major, elective or broadening units. Note these are recommendations and it is not a requirement to undertake the specific listed units. Units with similar content may be taken instead. Some units have prerequisites, so refer to the linked unit details.

At least one university unit from two of the below listed fields:

  • Anatomy, for example Human Structure and Development ANHB2212
  • Immunology, for example Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology  MICR2209
  • Genetics, for example Molecular Genetics GENE2230
  • Human Biology, for example Human Biology 1: Becoming Human ANHB1101
  • Microbiology, for example Introductory Microbiology MICR2208
  • Pharmacology, for example Foundations of Pharmacology PHAR2210
  • Physiology, for example Physiology of Human Body Systems PHYL2001
  • Biological Chemistry, for example Biological Chemistry CHEM1004
Registration upon completion

On completion of the DPM, graduates will have both an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree, ensuring they have a well-rounded skill set as well as the specialist skills needed in their professional career.

Registration for podiatrists

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as a podiatrist in Australia or New Zealand. The DPM has a strong clinical component and graduates are not required to undertake a pre-registration internship period.

Graduates who did not complete the majority of their education in English in a recognised country may be subject to additional English language requirements for registration.

For further details regarding registration requirements, refer to the Podiatry Board of Australia or the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand.