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Podiatry

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association; a podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM). Podiatrists are responsible for diagnosing and treating conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Podiatrists complete a bachelor’s degree and then four years of training in podiatric medical school then three years of hospital residence training. Podiatrists have an opportunity to specialize in a variety of fields including surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, diabetic care and more. Currently there are nine podiatric programs in the U.S that are accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.

How do I apply to podiatry school?

Students apply to podiatry school through a centralized application system called the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS). Similar to the common application for undergraduate school, students can apply to any of the podiatry programs through a single application on the AACPMAS. The AACPMAS opens first Wednesday in August. 

As of 2017, AACPMAS application cost: $160.00 for one school and a sliding scale for each additional school which ranges between $15.00 and $55.00

Do I need to take an entrance exam?

Podiatry programs require student to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

As of 2017, the MCAT costs approximately $310​​.00​.


What are the prerequisites for podiatry school?

It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require courses not listed below. Further, the MCAT covers material beyond what is listed below as prerequisites.  For more information about the MCAT, please contact the pre-health advisor.  For more information about a specific school/program, please contact the school directly.

​Courses
​General Biology with lab
​1 year
​General Chemistry with lab
​1 year
​Organic Chemistry with lab
​1 year
​Physics with lab ​1 year
​Biochemistry ​1-2 quarters
​Statistics ​​1 quarter
​English ​2 quarters
 

Sample Timeline - Traditional 4 Year

Students should meet with their academic advisor and pre-health advisor each quarter to amke sure they are taking the correct courses for their major/professional interest.


Below is a sample timeline for a Biological Sciences major. Please be aware that podiatry schools do not prefer or require any major and the timeline below should not be used to replace meeting with an academic advisor.


Sample Timeline - Accelerated 3+ with RFUMS

Students should meet with their academic advisor and pre-health advisor each quarter to make sure they are taking the correct courses for their major/professional interest. Below is a sample timeline and should not be used to replace meeting with an academic advisor.

Accelerated 3+ podiatry program with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is only available to Pathways Honors students majoring in Health Sciences.

Into what podiatry programs have DePaul students been recently admitted?

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science - Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine

What is considered a competitive GPA and entrance exam for podiatry school?

National Average Cumulative GPA: 3.4
National Average Science GPA: 3.22​
MCAT 2015 Information:

Total Score between 472-528 with an average of 500

Each section is scored between 118-132 with 125 being the average.


It is important for students to check each school's requirements as some schools will require information not listed above. For more information about a specific program, please contact the school directly.