Undergraduate

Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences

This extended major leads into the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. It covers pre-clinical biomedical and podiatric health sciences.

Careers and further study

This course opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Career Pathways

This extended major course prepares MJD-PHMSC graduates with the clinical and professional attributes required for successful entry to the entry-to-practice Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree.

Graduates from the MJD-PHMSC are also eligible to apply to the Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council to register and work as Allied Health Assistants in Podiatric practice – with the foundational podiatry skill set developed in level 3 of the major.

Successful graduates of this extended major, are eligible for credit towards the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine course. Graduates will be able to complete a five-year (rather than 6 year) pathway, to achieve a Bachelors degree with an extended major as well as a professional extended Masters degree in Podiatric Medicine.

The DPM is an entry to practice professional degree, which means that graduates of the DPM degree are eligible for registration as a Podiatrist with the Podiatry Board of Australia, immediately on graduation from the DPM course. They can then work as a Podiatrist in government or hospital clinics, private podiatric and multidisciplinary practices or university-based podiatry clinics.
 
This extended major course prepares MJD-PHMSC graduates with the clinical and professional attributes required for successful entry to the entry-to-practice Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree.

Graduates from the MJD-PHMSC are also eligible to apply to the Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council to register and work as Allied Health Assistants in Podiatric practice – with the foundational podiatry skill set developed in level 3 of the major.

Successful graduates of this extended major, are eligible for credit towards the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine course. Graduates will be able to complete a five-year (rather than 6 year) pathway, to achieve a Bachelors degree with an extended major as well as a professional extended Masters degree in Podiatric Medicine.

The DPM is an entry to practice professional degree, which means that graduates of the DPM degree are eligible for registration as a Podiatrist with the Podiatry Board of Australia, immediately on graduation from the DPM course. They can then work as a Podiatrist in government or hospital clinics, private podiatric and multidisciplinary practices or university-based podiatry clinics.
 
This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

This is an extended major also known as a “double major”, as such there is no opportunity to undertake another major at the same time in Level 3 of the degree.
This is an extended major also known as a “double major”, as such there is no opportunity to undertake another major at the same time in Level 3 of the degree.

Fees and scholarships

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Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

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Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

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Domestic school leaver

You are a domestic school leaver if you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, and recently completed Year 12 studies.

View the application information for Podiatry.

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International school leaver

You are an international school leaver if you have recently completed Yr 12 studies or equivalent and are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen. 

View the application information for Podiatry.

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
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Course details

This extended major is only available to students who are offered an Assured Pathway to the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. It covers pre-clinical biomedical and podiatric health sciences as well as foundations of podiatric clinical skills. It draws on all biomedical scientific disciplines to understand and manage human disease and illness. It contains foundational learning about the role of a podiatrist and introduces the student to pre-clinical podiatry training.

About the course

This extended major leads into the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. It covers pre-clinical biomedical and podiatric health sciences as well as foundations of podiatric clinical skills. It will provide students the background knowledge across all the biomedical scientific disciplines including, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, haematology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and public health.   These disciplines are integrated throughout the course. Clinical communication, professional content and research skills are presented throughout the major. The major will also include studies on aspects of Australian society and culture, including Aboriginal health and migrant and refugee health. It also contains foundational learning about the role of a podiatrist and introduces the student to pre-clinical practical podiatry training.
Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2022
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Weekly contact time
  • 30-35 hours teaching time, plus study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-PHMSC
CRICOS code
  • 068916E
Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences
Status
  • Available 2022
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Weekly contact time
  • 30-35 hours teaching time, plus study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-PHMSC
CRICOS code
  • 068916E
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BBiomedSc)
TISC Codes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Course Structure

Our undergraduate degrees offer you a broad range of options allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests.

Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences

You'll learn to

  • Demonstrate sound knowledge in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, haematology, microbiology, anatomical pathology and pharmacology
  • Apply clinically relevant aspects of biomedical science and the principles of clinical reasoning to core podiatric medicine conditions
  • Apply medical and podiatric history taking skills and physical lower limb assessment, along with an understanding of the patient's perspective and quality patient-centred care to undertake practical podiatric skills in a clinical environment
  • Demonstrate the foundations of achieving the threshold professional capabilities of; a podiatrist, a professional and ethical practitioner, a communicator and collaborator, a lifelong learner and a quality and risk manager
     
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Assured Pathways

If you’re interested in this area of study, gain an advantage by choosing to complete an Assured Pathway which sees you combine your first degree with your second.
CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

Health Students' Society

The Health Students' Society (HSS) is a student-run, not-for-profit organisation for undergraduates completing health-related majors at UWA. HSS provides social and education opportunities and encourages students to make the most of their time on campus and of university life. HSS offers a support network for members during their degrees and aims to enhance the university experience and raise the profile of graduates to prospective employees.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
BACHELOR OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

Our facilities

UWA Bachelor of Biomedical Science students have access to a range of world-class facilities that enhance your learning and give you hands-on experience before you enter the workplace.

These facilities include:

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Course Accreditation

The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and Doctor of Podiatric Surgery (DPS) programs have undergone revision to include new standards as set by the Podiatry Accreditation Committee and approved by the Podiatry Board of Australia which will come into effect on 1 January 2022. Consequently, these courses are unaccredited, however the Podiatry Accreditation Committee will commence an accreditation assessment for the revised DPM/DPS programs in mid-2022. We anticipate the accreditation process will be completed prior to the first cohorts graduating and being eligible for registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia.
 

 

 

Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences

Why study this major

  • Gain a strong foundation in the disciplines of biomedical science, podiatric clinical knowledge, skills and professional behaviour.
  • Prepare for continued study in the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine through an Assured Pathway. (NB. If successful in completing this extended major, students will be eligible for credit towards the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine [thus entering a shorter five-year pathway, to achieving a Bachelors degree with an extended major and a professional extended Masters degree].
  • Experienced and expert teachers delivering an innovative and unique curriculum. The curriculum exposes students to various industry stakeholders, the ability to practice skills in state of the art facilities and develop skills of a lifelong learner and ethical health professional.
     
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Practical learning

Students will undertake both simulated and practical hands-on work in the Podiatric Medicine and Surgery pre-clinical teaching spaces, clinical rooms and laboratories during level 3 of this major.

  • PODI3000 – Professionalism in practice
  • PODI3112 – Clinical Podiatric Practice 1
  • PODI3116 – Clinical Podiatric Practice 2

This involves the learning and practicing podiatric clinical skills on various models of feet and toes with some exercises being performed on simulated patients. This pre-clinical training is essential to develop the student's communication skills, professional identity, dexterity and to become competent in the various clinical skills required before progressing to clinical practice and the remaining years of the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) course.

The DPM course focuses on building knowledge, skills and the application of this knowledge and skill in the clinical environment with work-integrated learning as a core component to each year of the degree. The DPM program requires students to treat patients in the clinics of the UWA Podiatry Clinic, at various external placement clinics and hospitals in metropolitan, rural and remote areas. The experiential learning is an essential part of the training of podiatrists.

 
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Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor�s degrees.