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The degree which can be earned: Doctor of Podiactic Medicine, DPM

Career outlook/Nature of the Profession: Podiatric medicine is a branch of the medical sciences devoted to the study of human movement, with the medical care of the foot and ankle as its primary focus.  A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) undergoes lengthy, thorough study to become uniquely well-qualified to treat a specific part of the body.  Many practitioners focus on a particular area of podiatric medicine, including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatric care, pediatrics, orthopedics and primary care.  Additionally, care of diabetic patients is a rapidly growing podiatric medicine specialization as lower extremity problems often develop.  The skills of podiatric physicians are in increasing demand because disorders of the foot and ankle are among the most widespread and neglected health problems.  

Additional Resources:
Is a career in podiatric medicine right for you?
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
American Podiatric Medical Association
AACPMAS Application Service
GRE Revised General Test (GRE) 

Regional Institutions:
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science


Do I need to have the MCAT taken to apply for programs?  In most cases, yes you will.  Students should consider taking the MCAT exam in their Junior year of college.  More information about the MCAT can be found HERE!

Statement regarding ability to choose any major: You can choose any major you would like as long as you satisfy the prerequisites for podiatric school.

Prerequisites, electives and contacting your advisor: Students should contact individual podiatric schools for specific prerequisite information.  Prerequisite courses may vary based on the school of choice. Prerequisite courses require a C grade or better. Majoring in science is not mandatory, but completion of prerequisite requirements is necessary.  See your advisor in CAS Advising for assistance in choosing elective courses.

Course recommendations:
8 credit hours of Biology (BIOL 150, 151)
8 credit hours of Chemistry (CHEM 121a, 125a, 121b, 125b)
8 credit hours of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 241a, 241b, 245)
8 credit hours of Physics (PHYS 131, 131L, 132, 132L)
6 to 8 credit hours of English (ENG 101, 102)

GPA needed for specific professional program: In 2009, the overall GPA was 3.3 and the average science GPA was 3.1 (taken from

Student Organizations to consider joining:
Pre-Medical Club

Check out all of our student organizations HERE!

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