Podiatry in Canada


Is it possible for me to work in Canada as a podiatrist? Find all the information below.


Title of degree:Education process:Number of years/hours/ECTS:Degree:Continuing education:Name of regulated profession:
Chiropody – Docter in Podiatric medicineAdvanced Diploma in chiropody with a Program Length
7 semesters over 3 years – Accredited Colleges of Podiatry are located in USA, UK and a podiatry program is also offered at the University of QuĂ©bec at its Trois Rivieres campus. T
For chiropody 7 semesters over 3 years – The podiatry program consists of three to four years post-baccalaureate of medical, clinical and didactic study, followed by (for US Podiatry Colleges only) at least one year’s residency or internship in a hospital. DPMThe Canadian Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CCPME) is an autonomous accrediting body for podiatric medical education in Canada. It derives its authority from its recognition by the 10 Canadian provinces, 3 Territories and the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association.Chiropodist – Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)


Is podiatry recognised:Is there a board that regulates the profession (cfr HCPC – AHPRA – Ordre des Podologues):Allowing foreign podiatrists:Link to local applicable legislation:
The definition and scope of the practice of podiatry varies provincially. For more information on regulation and laws: here.You might be required to be licensed by the College of Podiatrists of the province you will establish.The regulatory authority sets the requirements for certification, licensing, or registration to work in regulated occupations. It is responsible for defining the assessment process described above and for the ultimate recognition of your professional qualifications.

Foreign Podiatrists

If you are looking to relocate to practice podiatry in Canada, you are required to have a work permit or Canadian permanent residency status, to be eligible to work in Canada. For further information regarding immigration and work permits please refer to the Canadian Government Immigration website www.gic.ca.

In addition to an assessment of your academic and professional qualifications, you may also have to complete other requirements to obtain a licence to practise or certificate of qualification. More information per province can be found here.

Q&A – What to know about podiatry in this country – as a DPM

s there free access for patients?yes
Does the podiatrist have prescription rights?yes
Is the podiatrist allowed to perform surgery?yes
Can the podiatrist make and prescribe orthotics?yes
Can the podiatrist use anaesthetics?yes
Is the podiatry profession regulated? Is there a law protecting the title of podiatrist and describing the competences?Depends on the province.

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