Podiatry: Bachelor of Health Science

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Podiatry is a specialised field, focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the lower limb and foot. Studying podiatry develops your skills and clinical reasoning to work as a podiatrist in both the private and public sectors. 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 approximately 1,000 hours, which is spread across your three 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 Campus
Fees: General Course fees and Additional fees
Start date: 26 Feb 2018

Admission and entry requirements

  • University Entrance
  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements
  • Police clearance
  • Applicants with two or more years of secondary and/or tertiary education outside New Zealand must meet IELTS requirements

Selection criteria

  • Preference will be given to applicants with the highest rank scores and/or accomplishments in the relevant field
  • An interview may be required


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

Year 1

Core papers
HEAL504 Lifespan Development and Communication
HEAL505 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
HEAL507 Health and Environment OR MAOH501 Māori Health, Development and Environment

Core podiatry papers
PODY602 Podiatry Clinical Practice I
HEAL609 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
PODY601 Musculoskeletal Podiatry

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.

Year 2

You will undertake some 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 musculoskeletal assessment.

Papers (core or compulsory)
PODY702 Podiatry Clinical Practice II
HEAL610 Methods of Research and Enquiry
PODY603 Podiatric Pathology
PODY604 Muskuloskeletal Podiatry II
PODY605 Te Mate Huka: Podiatric Management of Diabetes in Aotearoa
PODY606 Podiatric Rheumatology
PHMY701 Pharmacology for Professional Practice

Year 3

In the final year you form independent clinical decision-making 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
PODY704 Long Term Conditions and Podiatry
PODY703 Musculoskeletal Podiatry III
HLAW701 Health Law and Policy
PODY705 Podiatric Medical Imaging

Te Ara Hauora Māori papers

Students who wish to seek careers with a Māori development perspective should select the following four papers as electives or as an alternative course of study.
MAOH501 Māori Health, Development and Environment (instead of HEAL507 Health and Environment)
MAOH701 Māori Health Promotion
MOAH702 Applied Primary Māori Mental Health
HEAL710 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

To work as a podiatrist you need to hold a degree in podiatry and be registered by the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand. Qualified New Zealand podiatrists are able to practise in Australia, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Podiatrists practise privately or in public health, and in specialised areas. 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
  • High risk foot - involves managing populations with diabetes and rheumatological conditions
  • Older adult podiatry - involves the promotion of health and management of health and management of long-term conditions that affect the lower limb and foot.

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Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.47pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.