About the Profession
Podiatry is the branch of medicine devoted to the study of human movement with treatment of the diseases, injuries or disorders of the foot and ankle as the primary focus. Applicants complete requirements similar to those for medical school. Recently admitted students had a GPA of 3.3 overall and 3.1 in science with an MCAT average score of 23. (See note about changes to MCAT effective spring 2015 under "Medicine" link on the right). Approximately 75% of applicants are accepted.
There are nine schools of podiatric medicine, all of which belong to the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM). The member schools participate in a centralized application service sponsored by AACPM. Information regarding podiatric medicine can be obtained from AACPM, 1350 Piccard Dr., Suite 322, Rockville, MD 20850. All the schools are private and the one in New York State is the NY College of Podiatric Medicine located at 1800 Park Avenue, NY, NY 10035, 1-800-526-6966.
From the time you begin college, you are assembling a complete dossier with which to apply to these professional schools. Each of the requirements is a part of the whole. For Podiatry schools your record will include:
- At least 90 college credits or a Bachelor's degree
- Prerequisite courses
- MCAT Admissions test (See note under "Medicine" for changes to the MCAT effective spring 2015)
- Prehealth Committee letter or references
- Health related experience
Start planning as a freshman to meet the following course requirements: A minimum of one year each of Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, and Physics, all with a year of lab; one year of English; and one year of Math is recommended. Below are the UB courses which we recommend you take in order to meet these requirements:
|Chemistry||CHE 101-102, 105-106, or 107-108||10 credits|
|Organic Chemistry||CHE 201-202 or 251-252||10 credits|
|Biology||BIO 200-201||9 credits|
|Physics||PHY 101-102 w/labs 151-152
PHY 107-108 or 117-118 w/lab 158
(If any waived take 3 or 6 credits of English literature)
|MTH 121-122 OR 141-142||8 credits|
Human Physiology (Highly Recommended)
|PGY 300 or PGY 451-452||4-6 credits|
Psychology (Highly Recommended)
|PSY 101||3 credits|
Sociology (Highly Recommended)
SOC 322: Medical Sociology
(SOC 101 is recommended but not required before taking SOC 322)
|STA 119 or PSY 207||4 credits|
- Check with individual schools for additional requirements.
- MCAT Changes for 2015: "The additional content for MCAT questions is taught at most colleges and universities in one-semester introductory psychology and one- semester introductory sociology courses. Again, test questions will ask examinees to use knowledge of introductory psychology and sociology concepts to demonstrate their scientific inquiry and reasoning, research methods, and statistics skills." Therefore, finalized MCAT changes could mean including PSY 101, SOC 322, and others. As we are informed of the specifics of the changes we will be sure to make announcements.
Last updated: October 30 2012 12:11:11.