Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) strive to improve the overall health of their patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the foot and ankle. They treat a variety of conditions and employ innovative treatments to improve the well-being of their patients.* Although not as competitive as medical school, it is still important that students prepare themselves well for application to podiatry schools during the undergraduate years.
Check out what medical schools say about how you can be a competitive applicant to their school:
University of Arizona - Phoenix
GPA AND MCAT
GPA is an important part of your application to podiatry school. Podiatry schools will consider your science, non-science and cumulative GPAs as well as the trend of grades. All grades received for college credit will be calculated into your GPA even if you have retaken the class. If you have taken any classes at a different school or if you have retaken classes, your UVU GPA will not be an accurate calculation for podiatry schools.
The MCAT is a standardized examination required as part of your application to podiatry school. It is a very challenging exam that requires extensive preparation in the form of review and practice.
NOTE: Podiatry schools determine their own individual requirements. The courses listed below are a general guide. Refer to the www.aacpm.org and the individual school's website to determine the specific requirements for that institution.
Required by all podiatry schools with a grade of C or better:
- Intro to Writing: ENGL 1010
- Intermediate Writing: ENGL 2010 or 2020
- College Biology I and II with labs: BIOL 1610/1615 and 1620/1625
- Principles of Chemistry I and II with labs: CHEM 1210/1215 and 1220/1225
- Organic Chemistry I and II with labs: CHEM 2310/2315 and 2320/2325
- College Physics I and II with labs: PHYS 2010/2015 and 2020/2025
It is important to be involved in activities outside of the classroom in order to be competitive for admission into podiatry school. GPA and MCAT scores are important, but they do not make you unique. Extracurricular activities are a chance for you to set yourself apart and display your motivation for pursuing podiatry and dedication to serving the community. Preparing to apply for podiatry school is NOT about checking off boxes. Podiatry schools are not going to care if you have done the experiences if you have not learned from them. Admissions committees want to know that you are willing and able to learn in any circumstance and/or environment.