Podiatric medicine is devoted to the study of movement with the focus on the foot and ankle. A podiatrist focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of foot and ankle disorders, diseases and injuries. By helping patients with gait, balance and pain issues, doctors of podiatric medicine are often able to make walking much more efficient and comfortable for their patients.
Podiatric programs require four years of study after the undergraduate degree is earned. Most students then complete a residency. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of podiatrists is expected to increase by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020.
- 2 semesters General Biology with labs (this is a minimum — you should take more)
- 2 semesters General Chemistry with labs
- 2 semesters Organic Chemistry with labs
- 2 semesters General Physics with labs
- 2 semesters English Composition
- 1 semester Biochemistry
- 1 semester Psychology
- 1 semester Sociology
- Other Recommended Courses: Anatomy & Physiology, Statistics
- Optional: a Pre-Med Planning Seminar
Generally, a grade below a C is not acceptable for prerequisite courses
Podiatry programs grant a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM degree.
Aptitude Test and Application
Application is made through a centralized service called AACPMAS (American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service). There are nine podiatry schools in the United States, and all nine participate in AACPMAS.
Links and Additional Podiatry Information
- American Podiatric Medical Association – includes career information
- American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine — includes links to the application and different colleges