1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor in Podiatry

Degree programme

Programme type 1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8479
Degree Programme Class L/SNT2 - Health Professions for Rehabilitation
Years in which the programme is being held I, II, III
Type of access Restricted access
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Cesare Faldini
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences


1. Admission requirements andevaluation

This study programme has restricted access.The number of places is set annually by MIUR at national level; an entranceexam is set in the methods and on the dates set in the call for applicationsfor the Healthcare Professions, published annually on the School website.

Applicants to the degree programme shallhold a five-year secondary school diploma or equivalent suitable qualificationobtained abroad, or a four-year secondary school diploma and diploma for therelative supplementary year, or, where no longer active, will be assigned creditsto be awarded.

Applicants shall also demonstrate theknowledge and competences defined annually by ministerial decree for theentrance exams to degree programmes with nationally restricted access.

The number of places, entrance exam date,contents and selection methods are published annually in the relative call forapplications.

2. Assessment of basic knowledge

The knowledge and competence requirementsfor admission are deemed to be met by applicants who obtain the followingscores in the entrance exam:

20 for students in the quota of Italian, EUand equivalent nationals

5 for students in the quota of non-EUcitizens resident abroad, as laid down in the laws in force.

3. Additional learningrequirements and assessment

Enrolled students who did not obtain theminimum score in the entrance exam will be assigned the following AdditionalLearning Requirements ("OFA"), which must be completed during thefirst year of the programme:

Basic Medical Knowledge.

The Additional Learning Requirements setare deemed to have been completed by students passing the exam in"Morphology and Physiology" (I.C.).

Failure to meet the requirements by thedate set by the Academic Bodies and published on the University Portal willlead to the re-enrolment in the first year of the programme.

4. Exemption of assessment ofbasic knowledge

Only applicants having obtained the creditsindicated in the following subject areas in previous studies will be exemptedfrom sitting the entrance exam:

- Subject area FIS/07 (Physics Applied toCultural Heritage, the Environment, Biology and Medicine): 2 ECTS

- Subject area INF/01 - Computer Science: 2ECTS

For students from the previous degreesystem under D.M. 509/99, exemption will be approved if they have passed atleast one exam relating to the knowledge covered by the aforementioned subjectareas.

Applicants to whom this clause refersshould apply for exemption when submitting their application to the StudentAdministration Office.

Programme profile


In the professional health field of Podiatry, graduates are health workers with duties attributed by decree of the Ministry of Health no. 665 of 14 September 1994 and amendments; in compliancewith the law, after an objective foot examination, they use non-invasive,orthesic and hydro-massage therapy methods to treat callosities, hypertrophic,misshaped and ingrown toenails and foot pain. Under medical prescription,Podiatry graduates prevent and medicate ulcerations on foot warts and assistpatients at risk through health education, identifying and pointing out to thephysician any suspicious pathological conditions which require furtherdiagnosis or treatment; they work in public or private facilities as employeesor on a freelance basis.

To achieve the specific learning outcomesof the programme, 21 ECTS are allocated to subject area MED/50 as part ofpodiatry sciences and 60 ECTS to the internship activities, which aredifferentiated for each specific profile.


Year 1

Provides basic knowledge of BiomedicalSciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Morphology, Physiology), Hygiene, HumanSciences, Psychology, Demographic, Ethnological and Anthropological disciplinesand Sociology in cultural and communication processes, the foundations ofprofessional methodology and discipline and fundamental requirements fortackling the first internships, focusing on codes of professional conduct andthe acquisition of basic Podiatry skills.

Year 2

Provides basic knowledge of Medicine andSurgery, Emergency Medicine, Rehabilitation, particularly focusing on footproblems, allowing the clinical and practical application of the theoreticalknowledge of Podiatry.

Year 3

Further specialist studies aim to developknowledge of professional methods offering the best possible functionality andwell-being for patients with foot conditions. Students also acquire legal andadministrative knowledge related to the podiatry profession.
To ensure the best possible specific vocational training, credits are allocatedto the internship activities, which increase progressively from year 1 to year3.

At the end of the three-year programme,Podiatry graduates will have acquired the theoretical knowledge and technicaland practical skills that allow them to embark immediately on careers with publicand private facilities both as an employee and on a freelance basis; they willalso have developed the necessary learning skills to continue specialisticstudies.

Expected learning outcomes

Access to further study

It gives access to second cycle studies (laurea specialistica / magistrale) and master universitario di primo livello.

Career opportunities

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