Graduate Advanced Diploma of Health Sciences (Chiropody)
Interested in a career in Chiropody?
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
- 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.
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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).
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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:
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).
- The applicant must have completed a 4 year undergraduate Bachelors degree in Sciences from a recognized University, or BA in Kinesiology only.
- Prerequisite Requirements are:
- One (1.0) full credit equivalent in Human Physiology
- One (1.0) full credit equivalent in Human Anatomy
- All prerequisite courses must be at a minimum grade of 70% (B-) to meet our admission requirements.
- 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
Please use the following application codes:
Step 2: Candidates must ALSO supply the following to The Michener InstituteAll 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.
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?
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.
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:
Length: 30 weeks
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.
"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."
"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