AUT - Podiatry: Bachelor of Health Science

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Podiatry: Bachelor of Health Science

Podiatry is a specialised field, focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the lower limb and foot. Through this qualification you gain the skills and understanding to become a podiatrist in both private and hospital practices. AUT University is the only university in New Zealand where you can study a podiatry degree.

The Podiatry major includes clinical placements in hospitals, primary health organisations, private practices and AUT’s on-campus podiatry clinic (which is open to the public). These placement opportunities enable you to experience all aspects of a podiatrist’s caseload. Surgical placements involve students practising and performing minor surgical podiatry procedures in AUT’s purpose built surgical theatre.

The total clinical hours expected for registration as a podiatrist are 1,000 hours, spread across your 3 years of study. Following successful completion of the podiatry degree you are eligible to register under the general scope as a podiatrist in New Zealand and overseas.

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Quick facts

Programme code: AK3713
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time
Venue: North Shore Campus
Start date: 3 March 2014

Admission and entry requirements

  • University Entrance 
  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act requirements
  • Police clearance
  • Applicants over 20 without previous tertiary qualifications must supply a CV and references
  • An IELTS score is a requirement for any applicant whose first language is not English or Māori

Selection criteria

  • An interview may be required

Structure

Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the Academic Calendar

Year 1

You will study core or compulsory papers from across the degree. In Semester 2, you are introduced to clinical practice in the AUT podiatry clinic, involving a mix of practical and academic work, in preparation for managing patients in your second year.

Papers (core or compulsory)
555101 Lifespan Development and Communication
555201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
555401 Health and Environment OR 555339 Māori Health, Development and Enquiry
546004 Lower Limb Anatomy and Kinesiology
546110 Musculoskeletal Podiatry
546116 Podiatry Clinical Practice I
556202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Year 2

You will undertake 300 hours of clinical practice, focusing on clinical podiatry techniques, and under supervision begin to treat patients at the AUT podiatry clinic. You will be introduced to contemporary concepts in the areas of pathology, diabetes and rheumatology, whilst expanding on the theoretical content introduced in Year 1 including anatomy, physiology and clinical biomechanics.

Papers (core or compulsory)
547803 Podiatry Clinical Practice II
556301 Methods of Research and Enquiry
546250 Podiatric Pathology
546801 Muskuloskeletal Podiatry II
546805 Te Mate Huka: Diabetes Management in Aotearoa
546806 Podiatric Rheumatology
527188 Pharmacology for Professional Practice

Year 3

In the final year you form independent clinical decisionmaking skills as you develop into an independent practitioner. Your clinical practice hours increase to just over 700. Clinical placements provide you with the opportunity to explore chronic podiatric medical conditions, lower limb musculoskeletal conditions and podiatric surgery.

Clinical practice
The year concludes with an extended placement in private podiatry practice, the public sector and AUT’s clinical facility, exposing you to a wide range of interprofessional clinical environments.

Papers (core or compulsory) 
PODY701 Clinical Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
547814 Long Term Conditions Management in Podiatry
547813 Musculoskeletal Podiatry III

557221 Health Law and Policy

547815 Podiatric Medical Imaging

Te Ara Hauora Māori papers

Students who wish to seek careers with a Māori development perspective should select the following 4 papers as electives or as an alternative course of study.
555339 Māori Health, Development and Environment (instead of 555401 Health and Environment)
527872 Māori Health Promotion
567431 Applied Primary Māori Mental Health
567417 Utilising Supervision in Practice

We will support Te Ara Hauora Māori students to form relationships with Māori health providers, industry stakeholders and communities, and AUT Māori staff and students.

Career opportunities

There is a shortage of podiatrists in New Zealand, so many career opportunities are available in clinical and community settings. Podiatrists are registered by the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand. Podiatrists practise privately or in public health, and in specialised areas. Qualified New Zealand podiatrists are able to practise in Australia, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Podiatrists work with a range of people and issues:

  • Sports podiatry involves working with the novice to the professional athlete to prevent, manage and rehabilitate sports-related injuries.
  • Pediatrics involves managing biomechanical anomalies in infancy through to adolescence.
  • Older adult podiatry involves the promotion of health and management of chronic disease that affects the lower leg.

Video: Podiatry surgical training


Video: Podiatry was the right choice

Your other Bachelor of Health Science study options

You can choose to study the degree without a health major:

Or you can choose to major in one of the following specialised areas:

Or you can choose one of our clinical degree areas:

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Last updated: 29 Jan 2014 3:15pm

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