Pre-Podiatric Medicine Preparation at ACU

  • Podiatrists diagnose, treat, and prevent disease or injury of the feet. They may use surgical, medical, or physical means. Demand for podiatrists is great; studies estimate there is only one podiatrist for every 23,000 patients. Specialists within the field include podiatric medicine, surgery, podogeriatrics, podopediatrics, and podiatric sports medicine.
  • Podiatric medicine is a four-year course of study, with two years of basic medical sciences and two years of clinical training. For licensure, podiatric physicians must complete their degree and residency and must pass state and national board examinations. Satisfactory completion of the national boards is required for state licensure. About two thirds of the states require at least one year of postdoctoral work before licensure. Doctors of podiatric medicine are licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
  • Information for the seven accredited school of podiatric medicine in the United States may be found below. For additional information about podiatric medicine schools, contact the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine at

Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Powell
ACU Box 28132
Office: SC 121

Podiatry Schools

Entrance Requirements

According to the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine website, the requirements for application to Schools of Podiatric Medicine are very similar. A number of factors are considered including the applicant’s grade point average, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, personal interview, and performance on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Traditionally, the MCAT has been the only test required for admission, but recently, the California College of Podiatric Medicine, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, and Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine have begun to accept GRE scores. While ninety percent of those students accepted into one of these colleges hold a bachelor’s degree, only completion of three years of undergraduate work is required. The prerequisite courses, which must be completed, are as follows:

General Biology with lab*BIOL 112/114 
BIOL 113/115
General Chemistry with labCHEM 131/133
CHEM 132/134
Organic Chemistry with labCHEM 223/221 
CHEM 324/322
Physics with labPHYS 110/111
PHYS 112/113
English6 hours

*Scholl college of Podiatric Medicine requires 12 hours of Biological Sciences
*California College of Podiatric Medicine requires 8 hours of English, and 12 hours of liberal arts courses.

It is highly recommended that your school of interest be contacted so that you may receive the newest requirements for admission into their graduate program.

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