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Pre-Podiatric Medicine Track at Hope College

What is Podiatric Medicine?

Great question. Learn more about this great medical career and type of physician.

What classes do I need to take? Courses required or recommended

The admission requirements at colleges of podiatric medicine are determined by each college, but there are 5, two-semester courses that are required at all podiatry schools. Since a podiatry school can add additional courses to its requirements, it is essential that students investigate the specific requirements at the podiatry schools where they plan to apply. All 9 of the accredited colleges of podiatric medicine grant the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and you can learn about their requirements here.

Courses Required At Most Colleges of Podiatric Medicine:

  • General biology with lab (Bio 105/107 & Bio 106/108)
  • General chemistry with lab (Chem 125/127 & 126/128 or Chem 131/132)
  • Organic chemistry with lab  (Chem 221/255 & 231/256)
  • Physics with lab (Phys 105 & 106 or 121 & 122 and lab 141 and 142)
  • English (Eng 113 and upper level English: Eng 213 and Eng 214)

Most colleges of podiatric medicine require applicants to submit scores from the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Some colleges will accept the GRE or DAT in lieu of the MCAT. The courses listed above should be completed during the first 3 years so the student is prepared to take the MCAT in the spring or summer after the junior year. The MCAT covers the college-level science and English listed above. Please note, in Spring 2015, the new MCAT covers extensive topics covered in courses listed in pre-medicine (physician) web page.

Recommended Courses or Courses Required At Some Podiatry Schools:

  • Anatomy (Kin 200 or Bio 222 both with lab)
  • Human Physiology (Bio 221 or 442 both with lab)
  • Biochemistry (Chem 311 & 314)
  • Psychology (Psy 100 & 230)

What do I major in? Choice of Academic Major

Students should select a major area of study that is of interest and that will provide a foundation of knowledge necessary for the pursuit of several career alternatives. Colleges of podiatric medicine are most concerned with the overall quality and scope of undergraduate work and not with the specific academic major. While many students who are pursuing a career in podiatry are interested in the sciences and major in one of the sciences, others with interests in the social sciences, humanities, or the arts, may major in one of those areas. Podiatry schools seek students with diverse and broad academic backgrounds.

Specific admission requirements for each of the 9 colleges of podiatric medicine can be found on the web site for the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine and on the web site for each of the colleges of podiatric medicine. 

Students should also be aware that podiatry school admission committees want to see that a student has learned about the podiatric medical profession through first-hand experience. This experience should include job shadowing one or more podiatrists. You can arrange for a podiatrist to contact you about mentoring possibilities through the AACPM web site. Podiatry school admission committees also look at a student's experiences for evidence that the student is committed to serving others and that the student is able to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and of different ages.

Useful Web Links to Information on Podiatry and Colleges of Podiatric Medicine

Links to General Information

For current Hope College students, questions related pre-Podiatric Medicine track, please contact, HPA Professor T Prokopow.