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Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours)

Approved Abbreviation: BPodMed(Hons)


Western Sydney University Course Code: 4709.1

AQF Level: 8

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


The Honours program is available to high achieving students in the Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine. Honours is a key early step in the path to leadership in the profession and opens up the world of research, without taking any longer to complete the degree. The honours program encourages independent learning, develops research skills and provides an opportunity for deeper investigation in the major field of study. An honours program is a recognised preparation and entry point for postgraduate research studies and the research training is valuable preparation for careers in research and development and analysis in the public and private sectors. Students apply for entry into the Honours program in year 3 of their degree. They begin advanced research training in the latter half of year 3. Clinical placements and an honours thesis are completed during the fourth year of the program. The thesis presents research that addresses real podiatric problems and education across the lifespan. This research will be conducted under the supervision of experienced academic researchers.

Study Mode
Four years full-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course Advicepodiatry@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Campbelltown CampusFull TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
The Western Sydney University Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours) is an accredited program of study and students are eligible to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.This course has been accredited by Australia and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC).

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent requirements

Admission

Admission is through direct application to the university - applications are directed to the School of Science and Health.

Students must have completed 200 credit points in the first 2.5 years of the Western Sydney University Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine course and achieved a GPA of 5.0 or greater. Students with a GPA in the range of 4.5-5.0 and a credit average in units completed in Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine levels 2 and 3 will also be considered (in accordance with the Honours Policy clause 13 and the Graduations Policy clause 53).

Special Requirements Prerequisites
In order to enrol in Second Year clinical units with clinical placement requirements, all students must have: National Police Certificate, Working with Children Check, Student Declaration, First Aid Certificate (including cardiopulmonary resuscitation). To be eligible for clinical placements, students must comply with vaccination requirements and be prepared to submit a completed Adult Immunisation Card to placement institutions. NSW Health can provide details of necessary vaccinations. To meet NSW health requirements for clinical placements, second year students will be required to attend a ‘bulk compliance’ appointment to have their special requirements verified by NSW Health staff. To be eligible to undertake field/work/practice placements, students must also comply with the NSW Health Records and Information Privacy Act (2004) and complete a relevant declaration. In clinical placement units, students must wear the Western Sydney University podiatric medicine uniform, which complies with NSW uniform requirements. Special note: Students in this program are required to participate fully in practical classes. This involves practical hands-on podiatry / lower extremity examination and treatment techniques on both genders and students will personally experience these techniques which will be performed on them by other students and/or relevant academic staff. Students are also required to undertake 19 weeks of clinical placement activity which can include rural and metropolitan locations. Student must meet their own travel, accommodation and living expenses during these activities.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 340 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

400870Population Health and Society
400868Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
400905Introduction to Podiatry
400871Professional Health Competencies

Spring session

400881Functional Anatomy
401410Functional Anatomy

Please note that unit 400881 Functional Anatomy will be replaced by 401410 Functional Anatomy from 2020.

400869Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
400863Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice
400732Communication in Health

Year 2

1H Session

401181Pathomechanics and Podiatric Medicine

Autumn session

401140Biomechanics
400138Pathophysiology 1

Please note that unit 400138 Pathophysiology will be replaced by 401407 Pathophysiology from 2020.

401407Pathophysiology 1
400864Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative)

2H Session

400933Podiatry Pre-Clinical

Spring session

401180Musculoskeletal Disorders and Imaging
300754Neuroanatomy
400981Clinical Pharmacology

Year 3

1H session

400929Podiatric Practice 1
401184The High Risk Foot

Autumn session

400866Culture, Diversity and Health
401182Pharmacology for Podiatrists

2H session

400930Podiatric Practice 2

Spring session

401183Podiatric Surgery
101614Psychology and Health
400944Evidence-Based Practice (Advanced)

At this point, students may exit with the Bachelor of Health Science (no specialisation)

Term 3

400945Honours Research 1

Year 4

1H Session

401115Podiatric Paediatrics and Sports Medicine
401116Dermatology and Gerontology
401046Honours Research 2 (Podiatric Medicine)
401114Podiatric Practice 3

2H Session

401120Clinical and Professional Practice (Honours)
401046Honours Research 2 (Podiatric Medicine)
401118Podiatric Practice 4

Students will exit with Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours)



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