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Requirements/Recommendations for Admission to Podiatric Medical School

  • Acceptance into podiatric school is competitive. Although specifics vary from school to school, the following are usually required of applicants:
    • Biology (with labs)
      2 semesters(8 credit hours)
    • General Chemistry (with labs)
      2 semesters (8 credit hours)
    • Organic Chemistry (with labs)
      2 semester(8 credit hours)
    • Physics (with labs)
      2 semesters(8 credit hours)
    • English
      2 semesters(8 credit hours)
  • Additional courses in the biological sciences are often recommended as well.
  • Completion of at least 90 semester hours is required; ~95% of students who enter a college of podatric medicine have a baccalaureate degree.
  • In addition to these courses, applicants are expected to take the MCAT (Medical College Application Test) which is given twice a year (usually April and August). The MCAT will asses the students knowledge in three basic areas: Verbal Reasoning, Biological Sciences (Biology and Organic Chemistry) and Physical Sciences (Physics and General Chemistry. The MCAT also includes a Writing Sample Section. Some podiatric colleges are now accepting GRE scores in lieu of MCAT scores; please check the policy of each individual college.
  • Evidence of exposure to the podiatric medical/clinical setting is also important. It is recommended that students wishing to attend podiatric medical school volunteer/work in an medical environment (hospital, clinic, physician’s office, etc.) and shadow a podiatrist.