Podiatrist

Overview of Profession

Prerequisites

Application Process Timeline

Admission Exam- MCAT

Additional Requirements

Overview of Podiatry School

Important Websites

Prerequisites

To apply to Podiatry school you can be ANY MAJOR (Art, Biology, Literature, Math, etc.), however you must complete the prerequisite coursework in Chemistry, Biology, Math and Physics in order to apply.  

The table at the bottom shows the courses that are most commonly completed by UC Santa Cruz Students to fulfill medication school prerequisites.  The Career Center recommends that students complete the courses sequenced listed in this table.

NOTE: The medical school prerequisites can differ slightly from school to school.  It is important to look at the coursework required for each school you wish to apply to.

Course Subject # Quarters UCSC course sequences most students use to fulfill requirements
General Chemistry Nearly all schools require 3 quarters of general (inorganic) chemistry, each with laboratory Chem 1A, Chem 1B/M and Chem 1C/N
General Biology  Nearly all schools require 3 quarters of general biology, with laboratory

BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C and three upper-division labs* since UCSC doesn't offer labs with its 20 series.

*Common labs used to fulfill the 1-year of lab are: BIOL 20L, BIOL 101L, BIOL 130L, METX 135L, METX 119L, etc.

Organic Chemistry Nearly all schools require 3 quarters of organic chemistry, each with laboratory

Chem 8A/L, Chem 8B/M, and Chem 109*

*Chem 109 does not have an associated lab, so if you are applying to a school that requires 3 quarters of lab, you may request to take CHEM 110/L if you are not a chemistry major. 

Mathematics Requirements vary greatly, check school's admissions requirements

Math 3, Math 11A (or 19A), Math 11B (or 19B), Math 22*

*Math 22 is not necessarily a requirment. 1 year of math can be fulfilled using Math 2, Math 3, Statistics, etc. However, 2 quarters of calculus are Prerequisite courses for Physics.

Physics Nearly all schools require 3 quarters of physics, each with laboratory

Phys 6A/L, Phys 6B/M, and Phys 6C/N

or

Phys 5A/L, Phys 5B/M, Phys 5C/N

English Composition Requirements vary greatly, check school's admissions requirements

Courses that satisfy the Core Courses (C1) and Composition (C2) requirements at UCSC will fulfill two quarters of the English coursework requirements for most schools.  An additional course in Writing or Literature will usually satisfy the remaining quarter.*

*Save your course syllabi in case any schools express concern that you did not complete their English requirement.

Behavioral Science Required by some medical schools but there is a Behavioral & Social Science section on the new 2015 MCAT Psych 1 and Socio 1

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Application Process Timeline:

  1. AACPMAS 
    • The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS) allows you to apply to all nine of the nation’s schools and colleges of podiatric medicine with one online application. 
    • AACPMAS begins processing admission applications the first Wednesday in August for FALL Admission the following year. 
    • For priority consideration April 1st of each year for the upcoming FALL admission. The FINAL AACPMAS DEADLINE DATE is June 30th of each year for FALL admission of the same year. 
  2. Prior to applying 
    • Consider these factors when deciding upon where to apply: 
      • Location Cost 
      • Size 
      • Licensure exam passage rates 
      • Faculty interests and reputation 
      • Job placement history of program graduates 
      • Talk with recent podiatry graduates, as well as ask veterinarian employers about various programs’ strengths and weaknesses. 
    • Research each program you wish to apply to before submitting your application. 
      • Admission requirements 
      • Prerequisite coursework 
      • Deadlines 
      • Amount and preferences for letters of recommendations 
    • Register and take MCAT before May of the applying year. 
    • Write your personal statement 
    • Develop a resume of activities and accomplishments 
    • Request your transcripts 
    • Arrange letters of evaluation 
    • In addition to California schools, consider applying to some public or private schools outside of California that accept many (20+) non-resident or non-contract state applicants. 
  3. August 1st 
    • Application cycle opens 
  4. June 30th 
    • Application cycle ends 

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Admission Exam:

  1. Overview of Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
    • Almost all U.S. medical schools require applicants to submit MCAT exam scores. 
    • Many schools do not accept MCAT exam scores that are more than 3 years old.
    • Some schools will use the highest set of scores; however, others will use the most recent set. 
    • The MCAT can be taken a maximum of 3 times a year. However, it is recommended that students try to take it only once. 
    • 4.5-5 hour standardized multiple-choice computerized-based exam.
    • Scores are released 30-35 days after the test is taken. 
    • Sections
      • Physical science (52 questions in 70 minutes) – composed of 50% general chemistry and 50% physics questions
      • Biological science (52 questions in 70 minutes) – composed of 75% general biology and 25% organic chemistry questions
      • Verbal reasoning (40 questions in 60 minutes) 
      • Trial Section* (32 questions in 45 minutes)-*Unscored and optional
    • Scoring
      • Scores for the three multiple-choice sections range from 1-15.
      • The maximum composite score is 45.
      • A competitive score is above 31
  2. When should students take the MCAT?:
    • Students should register and choose from approximately 20 dates but should not take later than May/June of the year that they submit their medical school application.
    • If students want to go straight into medical school, they will need to take the MCAT the summer of their junior year.
    • Students should take the MCAT when they can do their best.
      • If they can be preparing for the MCAT and be taking courses, and do well in both, then they should do that.
      • If the student will compromise their grades and/or score by doing both at the same time, the student should prepare for the MCAT during the summer or after they have graduated. 
  3. Dates for exam:

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Additional Requirements:

  • Most podiatric colleges require applicants to submit a letter of recommendation from a podiatric physician. 

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Overview of Podiatry School:

  1. Overview:
    • Podiatry school lasts 4 academic years.
    • There are eight colleges of podiatric medicine fully accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education, and 2 in California. 
    • Colleges of podiatric medicine offer a 4-year program whose core curriculum is similar to that in other schools of medicine. 
  2. First 2 years: 
    • During the first 2 years, students receive classroom instruction in basic sciences, including anatomy, chemistry, pathology, and pharmacology.
  3. Last 2 years: 
    • 3rd and 4th year students have clinical rotations in private practices, hospitals, and clinics. 
    • During these rotations, they learn how to take general and podiatric histories, perform routine physical examinations, interpret tests and findings, make diagnoses, and perform therapeutic procedures. 
    • Graduates receive the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM).
  4. Post-graduate:
    • Most graduates complete a hospital-based residency program after receiving a DPM. Residency programs last from 2-4 years. 
    • Residents receive advanced training in podiatric medicine and surgery and serve clinical rotations in anesthesiology, internal medicine, infectious disease, pediatrics, emergency medicine, and orthopedic and general surgery. 
    • Residencies lasting more than 1 year provide more extensive training in specialty areas.
  5. Licensure and Certification: 
    • All States and the District of Columbia require a license for the practice of podiatric medicine. Each State defines its own licensing requirements, although many States grant reciprocity to podiatrists who are licensed in another State. 
    • Applicants for licensure must be graduates of an accredited college of podiatric medicine and must pass written and oral examinations. Some States permit applicants to substitute the examination of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners, given in the second and fourth years of podiatric medical college, for part or all of the written State examination. 
    • In general, States require a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate residency training in an approved healthcare institution. For licensure renewal, most States require continuing education.
    • There are a number of certifying boards for the podiatric specialties of orthopedics, primary medicine, and surgery. Certification has requirements beyond licensure. Each board requires advanced training, the completion of written and oral examinations, and experience as a practicing podiatrist. Most managed-care organizations prefer board-certified podiatrists.
  6. Specialty:
    • They can sub-specialize in areas such as sports medicine, primary medicine, and/or orthopedics.

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Important Websites:

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