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Bachelor of Science (Podiatry)
College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences
Podiatry is a healthcare profession that specialises in the management of disease and disorder of the lower limb and foot. The foot is a highly complex structure, which can develop problems affecting a patient’s overall health and quality of life. Podiatry can significantly improve people’s quality of life by promoting and maintaining mobility. Therefore, podiatry as a career can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling, giving immense job satisfaction. Podiatrists are educated in diagnosis and in planning and implementing interventions for all age groups. As a podiatrist, you will work as an independent, autonomous practitioner, demonstrating expertise in assessing, diagnosing and managing lower limb and foot-related problems. You will work alongside other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and orthotists.
Minimum grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any other subject recognised for entry purposes.
Students must satisfy the Garda/Police vetting and Medical Clearance requirements.
Next start date: September 2016
Entry points(2015): 450
A Level Grades (2015): AAA & a (AS) or equivalent combination
Average intake: 25
- Introduction to Clinical Studies
- Podiatry Theory I
- Human Anatomy
- Human Body Function
- Professional Development
- Redefining Health and Wellbeing
- Clinical Studies II
- Podiatry Theory II
- Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics
- Research Methods I
- Introduction to Pharmacology
- Clinical Studies III
- Medicine and Surgery
- Pharmacology in Health and Disease
- Research Methods II
- Podiatry Theory III
- Health Promotion in Podiatry
- Clinical Studies IV
- Skills for Practice
- Footwear and Orthoses
- Research Dissertation
- Working with Vulnerable Adults
- Contemporary Practice
Graduates of the degree course will have a professional qualification and may work in a variety of settings such as:
- Sports centres
- GP practices
- Nursing homes
- Private practice
- Education and research
- Community rehabilitation services
- Opportunities for further postgraduate studies
Jamie O' Sullivan
"...A lot of the course is practical work, so we either see the different treatments being carried out or we get to do it ourselves. I find this much more interesting to learning theory all the time! I love sport and through my course I could branch off into the sports side of podiatry such as orthotics or sports injuries..."