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Graduate Advanced Diploma of Health Sciences (Chiropody)

Chiropody: At A Glance

Credential(s) Earned Graduate Advanced Diploma of Health Sciences (Chiropody)
Program Length 7 semesters over 3 years
Delivery Method Full time
Start Date September 2015
Tuition Canadian Student Tuition
  International Student Tuition
Application Deadline February 1, 2015
Apply Through Ontario Colleges
Program Code MICH CH111
  Click here to access the 2015 Viewbook

Interested in a career in Chiropody?
What is Chiropody?
What is a Chiropodist?
What does a Chiropodist do?
Why become a Chiropodist?
Career Opportunities
How long does it take?
Admission requirements
How do I apply?
What will I learn?
Textbook List
Clinical Education
Chiropody Scholarships
Program Sponsor
Interesting Links

What is Chiropody?

Chiropody is a branch of medical science that involves the assessment and management of foot and lower limb disorders: this includes the management of a wide variety of disorders, injuries and local manifestations of systemic conditions.

Foot deformities, infections and injuries not only limit your mobility, but can detrimentally affect your health and quality of life.

What is a Chiropodist?

A Chiropodist is a primary care professional practicing in podiatric medicine that specializes in assessment, management and prevention of diseases and disorders of the foot.  An essential member of the inter professional healthcare team, the Chiropodist is skilled in assessing the needs of their patients and of managing both chronic and acute conditions affecting foot and lower limb function.  As a primary care provider capable of independent clinical practice, these skills are often practiced independent of medical referral and medical supervision.

What does a Chiropodist Do?

The role of the Chiropodist is to maintain and improve patient mobility, to alleviate foot pain, provide health education and thereby improving one’s quality of life.   A Chiropodist provides care to a diverse range of patients and can specialize in the following areas:

  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Sport Injuries
  • Pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Rheumatology
  • Biomechanical Assessment and Gait Analysis
  • Podiatric Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Wound Care

Effective practice requires a high degree of manual dexterity, diagnostic skills, a caring and professional attitude and effective communication skills. A career in podiatric medicine is both varied and challenging.

The average person will walk the equivalent of five times around the earth in their lifetime.

Why become a Chiropodist?

Job satisfaction. Chiropodists make a real difference in patients’ lives by keeping them mobile and pain free, which dramatically improves their quality of life.

Variety. Clinical services can be provided to the whole population ranging from children to the elderly.

Teamwork. Chiropodists work with many different health care professionals. They are integral members of the health care team, along with Nurses, Dermatologists, Vascular Surgeons, Orthopedics, Physiotherapists and Physicians (both General Practitioners and Specialists).

For an overview of programs and services offered at Michener download our 2015 Viewbook.

Career Opportunities

As a practitioner that is capable of both independent and interdisciplinary clinical practice, there is a lot of diversity in the practice of chiropody including:  

  • Hospitals
  • Multi-disciplinary health clinics
  • Community Health Centers
  • Private Practice
  • Diabetes Education
  • Family Health Team
  • Industry
  • Long term care facilities.

As with many health care fields, aging baby boomers will increase the demand for Chiropodists. 

Chiropody is a regulated health profession; to work as a Chiropodist in Ontario, you must be registered with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario. Graduates are eligible to write the College's provincial registration exams.


How long does it take?

The Graduate Advanced Diploma of Health Sciences (Chiropody) is a three-year, 7 semester, full time program. There is one intake each year, in September. The first and third year of the program run from September to April, while the second year of the program includes a Summer semester.

Graduates from Michener's Chiropody program earn a Graduate Advanced Diploma of Health Sciences (Chiropody).

Start Date

September 2015

Admission Requirements

  1. The applicant must have completed a 4 year undergraduate Bachelors degree in Sciences from a recognized University, or BA in Kinesiology only.
  2. Prerequisite Requirements are:
    • One (1.0) full credit equivalent in Human Physiology
    • One (1.0) full credit equivalent in Human Anatomy
  3. All prerequisite courses must be at a minimum grade of 70% (B-) to meet our admission requirements.
  4. For assessment purposes a minimum CGPA of 70% is required. CGPA is calculated using entire undergraduate degree.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide proof of an English language assessment. Deadline for submission is February 13th.

Each program offered by Michener has a fixed size, reflecting labour market demand and clinical education spaces. Therefore enrolment in the program is limited, and admission can be very competitive.


Internationally Educated Applicant

If you are an internationally educated applicant  living in Canada as a landed immigrant or permanent resident, please be aware that you must have a full Course by Course evaluation of your transcripts by the World Education Service(WES) or a Comprehensive evaluation from the International Credential Assessment Service(ICAS). A document-to-document evaluation or the general evaluation offered through ontariocolleges.ca is not sufficient. Documents must be evaluated to Canadian standards. Please note that WES does not do a course by course evaluation of High School documents. In order to have your International Education included in our initial admissions assessment we must receive all your documents by February 1, 2015.


The fee policy for Canadian students can found on the Canadian Tuition Fees web page.

The fee policy for International Students can found on the International Student tuition fees web page.

Tuition fees are based on the entire duration of the program of study. For your convenience, these fees have been broken down into three equal payments that can be made annually. Also, each annual fee can be split into two payments which will be due in the summer and late fall of each academic year.

How do I apply?

Step 1: To apply to Michener's Graduate Advanced Diploma of Health Sciences (Chiropody) program, please complete the following.

Submit an application to:

Apply Online at: www.ontariocolleges.ca


60 Corporate Court
Guelph, ON
N1G 5J3
Tel: (519) 763-4725 or 1-888-892-2228

Please use the following application codes:
College Code: MICH
Program Code: CH111 Chiropody

Step 2: Candidates must ALSO supply the following to The Michener Institute

All applicants for whom English is a second language must provide proof of an English language assessment.

Step 3:

All applicants will be mailed a Supplementary Application with an invitation to review, and sign off on important program specific material. This signed Supplementary Application must then be returned to Michener's Admissions Office along with the applicable fee.

Step 4:

Top ranked applicants to the Chiropody program will be invited to attend the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), the final phase of our admissions process. What is MMI?

International Applicants

All International student applicants (on a study permit/work permit in Canada, or residing overseas) have a separate application process. Please apply directly to The Michener Institute. For more information please refer to the International Admissions page.

Application Deadline

February 1, 2015

For more information on the application process please visit Michener's Admissions page.

What will I learn?

When you enroll in Michener's Chiropody program your studies will include:


Semester 1 - Fall

BAIP124 Foundations of Interprofessional Collaboration APCH112 Structure and Function of the Lower Limb
APCH110 Lower Extremity Anatomy Dissection
PGCH110 Pathophysiology
POCH111 Podiatric Medicine I
DMCH121 Dermatology


Semester 2 - Winter

BMCH121 Podiatric Biomechanics I
PGCH120 Pathophysiology II
PMCH121 Clinical Pharmacology
POCH122 Podiatric Medicine II
CLCH121 Podiatric Practice I


Semester 3 - Fall

RMIP231 Research
IGCH230 Laboratory Diagnosis and Imaging
BMCH230 Podiatric Biomechanics II
LACH230 Podiatric Anesthesia and Injections
POCH230 Podiatric Medicine III
CLCH231 Podiatric Clinical Practice II


Semester 4 - Winter

IPCL252 Interprofessional Collaborative Clinical Simulation
POCH240 Management of the High Risk Foot
PECH240 Podopediatrics
SMCH240 Podiatric Sports Medicine
TSCH240 Podiatric Soft Tissue Surgery
CLCH241 Podiatric Clinical Practice III

Semester 5 - Summer

EBCH253 Evidence Based Medicine Care
CLCH251 Podiatric Clinical Practice IV
RMCH360 Research Project


Semester 6 - Fall

CLCH361 Podiatric Clinical Placements (Clinical Practice V)


Semester 7 - Winter

CLCH372 Podiatric Clinical Externships

LPCH360 Legislation and Practice Management


2014/2015 Textbook List

Clinical Education

Length:           30 weeks

Start:               September

End:                 April

You will be assigned to clinical placement site(s) through Michener’s Office for Clinical Education. This process begins with an information session in the first semester of your program.

During the first two years of the Chiropody program, you will have opportunities to gain hands-on clinical experience with patients in Michener’s Chiropody Clinic on campus.  In the third year of the program, you will be placed in one of the program’s affiliated clinical sites, including teaching and community hospitals, community health centres or private clinics located in Ontario. During this time you will work under the close supervision of Chiropodists to integrate knowledge and skills into practice. Clinical placements also provide you the opportunity to network with potential employers.

You may be placed in more than one clinical site during your clinical placement period, based on the required clinical competencies for your program and the range of services at the clinical sites. 

Clinical partner sites are subject to change, therefore, specific geographic regions may not be available at the time of your placement; other regions may be added. Please note that when you accept a seat in the program, you also accept to go to any of the program’s affiliated clinical sites available at the time of your placement. In addition, you agree to comply with the following mandatory requirements which must be completed prior to the start of your clinical placement: 

  • First Aid and CPR Certification for Health Care Providers
  • N95 Mask Fit Testing
  • Updated Vulnerable Persons Check (also required upon admission)
  • Updated TB Test (also required upon admission)

Michener highly recommends all students be vaccinated with influenza vaccine.  This vaccine may be mandatory at some clinical sites.  Students must follow clinical site protocol. 

Chiropody Scholarships

College of Chiropodists Scholarship in Memory of David Weston, DPM

Cryos Award for Excellence in Bio-mechanics

Paris Orthotics Clinical Education Scholarship
General Scholarships and Bursaries


"The Chiropody program at The Michener Institute has allowed me to continue on with my practical learning experience from university. The clinical setting not only exposes me to my field, but challenges me to work as a part of a medical team treating the patient. This is the type of reward that I am looking for in a career."
Roberto DeFilippis

"The profession of chiropody was an excellent career decision for me. I was extremely pleased with the education that I received here at Michener. Since my graduation I have opened a successful private practice, and am proud to be a primary health care practitioner."
Shane Dheda BSc (Hons), DCh, Faculty, Chiropody Program


Program Sponsors






Interesting Links

Common foot conditions such as corns or in-grown toe nails can be painful and may require minor surgical procedures.


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