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

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

This content is not currently available