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Podiatry FAQ

Am I guaranteed admission to William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine?

​​​​​No, this is a competitive program and there is no guarantee of admission. However, if you apply through DePaul's Pre-Health Advising Committee (PAC) pre-podiatry advisor your application will receive priority screening.​​​

What is the application process for the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine?

​​​​​The podiatric medicine application process is called AACPMAS and you complete the application online, including your MCAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation after your sophomore year. You must use DePaul’s Pre-H​ealth Advising Committee (PAC). Register with the PAC and state your intention of utilizing the "3+4" option for podiatric medicine.  You will need to notify the PAC pre-podiatry advisor by the winter of your second year at DePaul in order to participate in the PAC committee letter process. An advising appointment with the PAC chair is required before you start the process to ensure that you have completed sufficient DePaul requirements and have a plan to complete all DePaul specific coursework.​​​

When is the MCAT (Medical College Aptitude Test) offered? How long before my application should I take the MCAT?

​​​​​The MCAT is offered several times during the year. Visit the MCAT website for the most up to date information. The MCAT scores are required for review of your application, so you should plan on taking the MCAT in the spring or early summer of your sophomore year as a Pathways Honors Program student.​​​

What coursework will prepare me for the MCAT?

​​​​​The MCAT covers material in prerequisite classes, including general chemistry, organic chemistry, general biology, general physics, and social science, taken during your first and second years at DePaul​.​​

Who is the DePaul pre-podiatry advisor? What do I need to do to be a viable applicant for early admission to the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine?

​​​​​Contact CSHPreHealth@depaul.edu for information about this program for Pathways Honors Program students.  You will be connected with a pre-podiatry advisor on PAC within two weeks of your initial request to map out a course plan. You must have completed at least 96 credit hours prior to your application, including completion of the general chemistry sequence, the organic chemistry sequence, the general biology sequence, and the general physics sequence as well as all First Year Program courses. The PAC pre-podiatry advisor will review your academic record to make sure you are ready to apply to the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.​​​

How do I know if a career in podiatric medicine is for me?

​​​​​The HLTH 120 course “Careers in HealthCare” and the HLTH 201 course can help you begin to understand the roles of various health care professionals. You will want to register for the Pre-H​ealth Program​ at DePaul. By doing so, you will be invited to pre-health events through the year, including visits by Rosalind Franklin’s College of Health Professions faculty. Join a student organization, like the pre-med club or pre-health career community, to help you to network with students who have similar interests as your own.​

What happens if I don’t get accepted into the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine?

​​​​​In the event you are not accepted for early admission to the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine you are still a DePaul student and should complete your bachelor’s degree at DePaul. You can consider reapplying to the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine or any other direction you might choose. Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to seek an exit interview with the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine to discuss how you might strengthen a future application.​​​

What happens if I enter the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine but decide to leave before completing my first year of coursework there?

​​​​​In the event you leave the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine earlier than anticipated, you may return to DePaul to complete your bachelor’s degree.  Any courses successfully completed at RFUMS will be counted toward your degree.​​​

Will I pay DePaul tuition or RFUMS tuition during my first year at RFUMS?

​​​​​You will be responsible for paying RFUMS tuition, but you are forgoing a year of DePaul tuition by entering RFUMS a year early after your junior year at DePaul.​​​

I am a transfer student. Would I be eligible to pursue a "3+4" Pathways Program?

​​​​​If you transferred more than 16 quarter hours, then you are probably not eligible.  The Pathways Honors Program is intended for students who started at DePaul during their first year of college.​​​

What if I have a question not answered above?

​​​​​If you have questions that have not been addressed on the FAQ page, please send them via e-mail to CSHPreHealth@depaul.edu​​​