Interested in a Career in Podiatry?

Entry into a podiatry school requires that you take the courses shown in the table below.

English (6 hrs.) ENG 102 and ENG XXX
Biology with labs (8 hrs.) BIOL 111-112
General chemistry with labs (8 hrs.) CHEM 121-122
Organic chemistry with labs (8 hrs.) CHEM 221-222
General physics (no lab required) (6 hrs.) PHYS 201-202 (8 hrs. offered only with lab)

Students are encouraged to take as many courses as possible to reflect a liberal, but targeted education.

Many podiatry schools require applicants to take the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, usually in the spring of the junior year. However, it is best to check the schools of main interest as admission testing requirements vary widely between schools. Over the summer before your senior year, you’ll complete the American Medical College Application Service, or AMCAS, application. By fall semester of your senior year you should be ready to submit the application, letters of reference, and official transcripts to the service. You may receive a supplemental application from individual schools later in the fall and then be invited for an interview.

The MCAT consists of four sections: writing sample, verbal reasoning, biological sciences, and physical sciences. The writing sample is graded separately. Each of the other sections is worth 15 points. As a general rule, an 8 in each section is average, and a 10-12 in each category is good. You should plan to have fewer credit hours during your junior year so that you can dedicate as much time as possible to review for the MCAT. There are many review books available at area bookstores as well as commercially available review courses. An MCAT reference manual also is available from the premedical sciences advisor. Information is also available online or through the application service American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine.

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