- Current rules
- Allied Health
- Doctor of Podiatric Medicine 
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.
(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules
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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).
(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.
(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.
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.
(3) Applicants with qualifications from overseas institutions where English is not the medium of instruction as recognised by AHPRA, must provide evidence of English language competence.
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;
(b) the equivalent of a health and medical sciences UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.0;
(c) demonstrated adequate knowledge in two of the following health and/or medical science areas at a tertiary level:
anatomy, human biology, physiology, pharmacology, genetics, microbiology, genetics, immunology or biological chemistry.
(d) assured pathway
(e) indigenous pathway
Admission ranking and selection
5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on
(a) the admission requirements under Rule 4;
(b) an interview in which eligible applicants will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in podiatrists, with invitation to attend the interview based on Rule 4, in alignment with the interview quota for the year;
(c) the intake quota for that year;
(d) equal weighting of the GPA and interview.
(e) assured pathway
Articulations and exit awards
6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.
7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 144 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 48 points.
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
(3) Students who have completed the Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences Major MJD-PHMSC are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 48 points.
8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.
9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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.
10.(1) The School of Allied Health, 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 School of Allied Health, 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 School of Allied Health, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, will assign a progress status of 'Excluded' to a student who who fails to make satisfactory progress under the progression rules in a year in which they have a progress status of 'On Probation'.
(4) Unless it determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances, the School of Allied Health, 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.
(5) 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;
(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.
13. Applicants are not normally to defer admission to this course and are expected to commence their course in the offered intake only. Applicants seeking admission to an alternative intake must submit a new application for that intake.
14.(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) failed more than two units in any calendar year;
(b) failed a deferred examination;
(c) has been assigned a progress status of 'on probation'.
Requirements of students on probation
15.(1) Students who have been assigned a progress status of On Probation' must repeat all units that they have previously attempted in that year of the course.
Leave and retention of credit
16.(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.
Requirements to attend and complete prescribed work
17.(1) Students must attend compulsory teaching and undertake practical and clinical work at the University Podiatry Clinic, and other institutions as approved by the School of Allied health.
(2) Providing approval is granted, a student is permitted to take a maximum of 10 University days annually as leave. Leave can include compassionate leave, medical leave, personal/other leave.
(3) Leave is administered and managed as outlined in the UWA Division of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Student Handbook.
(4) Students who are absent for more than 5% of their total clinical sessions, or 10 clinical sessions, whichever applies in an academic year, will be required to make-up/replace any further clinical session missed during the remainder of the year.
Entry from the Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences Major at the University of Western Australia
18. Subject to completing other admission requirements, in recognition of prior learning, students who have satisfactorily completed the Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences Major (MJD-PHMSC) may be granted up to 48 points credit towards year 1 of the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.
19. The School of Allied Health may grant advanced standing, credit or recognised prior learning for previously completed Podiatry units, if they were completed as part of a postgraduate Podiatry course as per university policy on credit transfer, advanced standing and/or recognised prior learning.
Infection Control Requirements
20. At admission and during their enrolment, students must comply with the School of Allied Health's Infection Control Requirements as appended to the UWA Policies on Admission and Student Enrolment.
First Aid Course Requirements
21. At the time of enrolment students must show first aid with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) competence equivalent to assessment requirements for HLTAID003, valid for no more than three years.
Australian National Police Clearance
22. At admission and annually during enrolment, students must provide a clear current Australian National Police Clearance or equivalent certification.
(a) Students may incur incidental fees for travel and accommodation costs for certain rural and remote placement destinations as a part of the experiential learning component of this course.
(b) Other incidental fees included in this course are relating to rules (22), (23) and (24).
(c) Other incidental fees for specific units are detailed in the relevant unit.
Working With Children check
24. At admission and annually during enrolment, students must provide a clear current Working with children's check certificate, card or equivalent certification.
- Doctor of Podiatric Medicine 
- Allied Health