Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is a three-year programme for entry into professional practice as a podiatrist. The aim of the course is to produce graduates able to treat and educate their patients effectively and appropriately in a professional and responsible way. The programme conforms to its CREATE themes, which strives to produce highly trained clinicians, researchers, educators, advocates, team-minded professionals and ethical practitioners.

There are two semesters of equal length in each year. The first year covers bioscience, while years two and three cover the theoretical and practical aspects of podiatric medicine, alongside supporting subjects research, biostatistics and general medicine, all of which fall within the second year. These subjects help students to understand the diagnosis and management of diseases and conditions that affect the lower limb, and to take a leading role in the interdisciplinary management of foot and ankle problems.

In the final year, in addition to more advanced coverage of theoretical and practical podiatry, students undertake a supervised research project which follows their training in research methods the previous year. They also undertake weekly clinical placements in a variety of external locations, principally tertiary hospitals and private practices, to learn patient management in the a workplace environment.

The study of podiatric medicine in the DPM includes biomechanics, sports medicine, minor surgery, the diabetic and acute foot, geriatric and paediatric podiatry and podiatric surgery, as well as general practice. New graduates are able to register immediately for registration that enables them to practice independently.

Course overview

Course title
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Award abbreviation
DPM
Course code
90870
Course type
professional practice master's degree
Status
current / 2019
Administered by
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
CRICOS code
075343A

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year only
Attendance type
full-time only
Credit points required
144
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditation
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is accredited by: Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council.
Standard course duration
3 years
Time limit
9 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Michael Wilding
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Year 1

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSPODI4111Integrated Clinical Sciences 1 (24 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (90870)
NSPODI4112Integrated Clinical Sciences 2 (24 points)
Prerequisites:
PODI4111 Integrated Clinical Sciences 1

Year 2

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSPODI4202Progression of Clinical Practice 1
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 90870 (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) and either PODI4112 Integrated Clinical Sciences 2 or (IMED3003 Body Systems and Disease III and IMED3004 Body Systems and Disease IV).
Co-requisites:
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
S1PODI4203General Medicine and Pathology
Prerequisites:
completion of all Level 1 units within the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (90870)
NSPODI4205Progression of Clinical Practice 2
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of UWA MJD-MEDSC Medical Sciences or PODI4111 Integrated Clinical Sciences 1, PODI4112 Integrated Clinical Sciences 2, and First semester DPM 2 Units: PODI4211 Integrated Clinical Practice, PODI4212 Integrated Podiatric Medicine 1, PODI4202 Progression of Clinical Practice 1 and PUBH4401 Biostatistics.
NSPODI4208Research Methods
Prerequisites:
completion of all Level 1 units within the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (90870)
NSPODI4211Integrated Clinical Practice
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 90870 (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) and either PODI4112 Integrated Clinical Sciences 2 or (IMED3003 Body Systems and Disease III and IMED3004 Body Systems and Disease IV).
Co-requisites:
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
NSPODI4212Integrated Podiatric Medicine 1
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 90870 (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) and either PODI4112 Integrated Clinical Sciences 2 or (IMED3003 Body Systems and Disease III and IMED3004 Body Systems and Disease IV).
Co-requisites:
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
NSPODI4213Integrated Podiatric Medicine 2
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of UWA MJD-MEDSC Medical Sciences or PODI4111 Integrated Clinical Sciences 1, PODI4112 Integrated Clinical Sciences 2, and First semester DPM 2 Units: PODI4211 Integrated Clinical Practice, PODI4212 Integrated Podiatric Medicine 1, PODI4202 Progression of Clinical Practice 1 and PUBH4401 Biostatistics.
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses

Year 3

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSPODI5301Podiatric Medicine 5
Prerequisites:
successful completion of PODI4205 Progression of Clinical Practice 2, PODI4206 Podiatric Medicine 4, PODI4207 Pharmacology for Podiatrists, PODI4208 Research Methods
NSPODI5302Consolidation of Clinical Practice 1
Prerequisites:
successful completion of PODI4205 Progression of Clinical Practice 2, PODI4206 Podiatric Medicine 4, PODI4207 Pharmacology for Podiatrists, PODI4208 Research Methods
NSPODI5303Anaesthesia and General Surgery
Prerequisites:
successful completion of PODI4205 Progression of Clinical Practice 2, PODI4206 Podiatric Medicine 4, PODI4207 Pharmacology for Podiatrists, PODI4208 Research Methods
NSPODI5304Podiatric Research Project
Prerequisites:
completion of all Level 2 units within the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
NSPODI5305Podiatric Medicine 6
Prerequisites:
successful completion of PODI5301 Podiatric Medicine 5, PODI5302 Consolidation of Clinical Practice 1, PODI5303 Anesthesia and General Surgery, PODI5308 Podiatric Seminars
NSPODI5306Consolidation of Clinical Practice 2
Prerequisites:
successful completion of PODI5301 Podiatric Medicine 5, PODI5302 Consolidation of Clinical Practice 1, PODI5303 Anesthesia and General Surgery, PODI5308 Podiatric Seminars
NSPODI5307Podiatric Surgery
Prerequisites:
successful completion of PODI5301 Podiatric Medicine 5, PODI5302 Consolidation of Clinical Practice 1, PODI5303 Anesthesia and General Surgery, PODI5308 Podiatric Seminars
NSPODI5308Podiatric Seminars
Prerequisites:
successful completion of PODI4205 Progression of Clinical Practice 2, PODI4206 Podiatric Medicine 4, PODI4207 Pharmacology for Podiatrists, PODI4208 Research Methods

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 7.0.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA grade point average of at least 5.0;

and

(c) (i) a Graduate Medical School Admissions Test overall score of at least 50 and no section score less than 50 for domestic applicants; or

(ii) a Medical College Admission Test score of at least 8/8/8 prior to April 2015, or 123/123/123/123 after April 2015 for international applicants; or

(iii) completed a human biology, animal biology, physiology, pharmacology, genetics or microbiology unit at a tertiary level; and completed a chemistry or biological chemistry unit at a tertiary level.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 144 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass all units that the student is required to undertake in that year.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) The Faculty, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, may assign a progress status of 'On Probation' or 'Excluded' to a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8.

(2) Unless it determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances, and except as set out in (3), the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, will assign a progress status of 'On Probation' to a student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8.

(3) Unless it determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances, the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, will assign a progress status of 'Excluded' to a student who—

(a) fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 and has previously repeated two years of the course; or

(b) fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 in the same year of the course for a second time.

(4) A student who is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' under (3) (a) or (b) will not be permitted to re-enrol in the course.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent, which is calculated based on —

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Supplementary assessment

13.(1) Subject to (2) the Board of Examiners will provide an opportunity for supplementary assessment to a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in a unit.

(2) The Board of Examiners will not provide an opportunity for supplementary assessment to a student who—

(a) fails more than two units in any calendar year;

or

(b) fails a deferred examination.

Requirements of students on probation

14.(1) Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' must—

(a) repeat all units that they have previously attempted in that year of the course;

and

(b) subject to (2), repeat all other units that they have previously attempted in that year of the course.

(2) Students are exempt from the requirement to complete one or more of the following units if they have a mark of at least 70 per cent in the unit(s) concerned:

PUBH4401 Biostatistics I

PODI4208 Research Methods

PODI5304 Podiatric Research Project

Leave and retention of credit

15.(1) Students may apply for a period of approved leave in accordance with University Policy.

(2) Following a period of approved leave of less than two years, students retain credit for all units previously passed.

(3) Following a period of approved leave of two years or more, full credit is unable to be retained and students must repeat the units comprising the most recently completed year of the course.