Podiatric medicine (or podiatry) is that medical profession which deals with the examination, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and disorders of the feet. The podiatrist, or Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is licensed to perform essentially any treatment to that area of the anatomy that may be performed or prescribed by an MD. Presently, podiatrists are licensed to practice in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The various states do differ somewhat in the limits in the practice of podiatry. Some allow the DPM to practice only on the foot itself, while others allow the knee to be included.
YOUR PRE-HEALTH ADVISOR
The first step after deciding to pursue podiatry should involve a meeting with the Health Professions Advisor. Advisors are regularly provided with information about the characteristics of applicants who have been admitted to podiatric medical colleges in past years, changes in admission requirements, and general data about podiatric medicine. This information along with years of experience in counseling students who plan health related careers, makes your Health Professions Advisor a valuable resource person with whom you should consult about your future career. A meeting with your Advisor will help you in selecting a college of podiatric medicine, and aid you in reducing the number of errors and omissions in your application.
Qualifications for Application
Preparation for entry into a college of podiatric medicine is similar to that of medicine or dentistry. A minimum of three years or 90 semester hours of pre-podiatric education at an accredited institution is required, although many successful applicants to colleges of podiatric medicine have the BS degree.
The minimum semester credit hour requirements for all of the colleges of podiatric medicine include the following pre-requisites: (all Science courses require a lab).
|Biology||8-12 semester hours|
|Chemistry (General or Inorganic)||8 semester hours|
|Organic Chemistry||8 semester hours|
|Physics||8 semester hours|
|English||6-8 semester hours|
MEDICAL COLLEGE ADMISSION TEST (MCAT)
In addition to completing pre-podiatric course requirements, all applicants must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Colleges of Podiatric Medicine will accept MCAT scores as late as April of the year of entry. Applicants are urged to take the MCAT in the spring or fall of the calendar year prior to the year of entry if possible, to maximize the opportunity for admission.
APPLICATION SERVICE (AACPMAS)
AACPM administers the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine's Application Service (AACPMAS), which processes all applications submitted for admission to its member colleges of podiatric medicine. This service enables applicants to apply simultaneously to any or all the colleges of podiatric medicine by submitting an application to a single agency. The centralized application service eliminates the time-consuming task of the applicant having to complete numerous applications, yet provides the necessary application information in a standard format for the schools. All U.S. podiatric medical colleges participate in the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS). Application materials may be obtained from the following address:
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
Application Service (AACPM)
1350 Piccard Drive, Suite 323
Rockville, MD 20850
American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)
To initiate the process of application to any of the colleges of podiatric medicine, the prospective applicant must complete the AACPMAS application www.e-aacpmas.org. A single application form is submitted to AACPM to apply to any one or all of the colleges of podiatric medicine. AACPMAS is essentially an information clearinghouse, and does not influence any school's selection of applicants. All admissions decisions are made exclusively by the individual colleges of podiatric medicine. AACPMAS provides only the application processing service and makes no judgments in reaching admissions decisions. Furthermore, admission to a college of podiatric medicine does not guarantee licensure of the practice of podiatric medicine. The deadline for application is August 1 of the year of entry. The applicant is strongly urged to submit the application as early as September or October of the year prior to entering the college of podiatric medicine. This may increase your chances of admission to the school of your choice.
As an AACPMAS applicant, you may apply to the FIRST Year (only) of the FALL Entering Class of any of the AACPM member colleges of podiatric medicine.
Candidates applying for ADVANCED STANDING or TRANSFER to other than the FIRST year of podiatric medical school, MAY NOT apply through AACPMAS, but should contact the individual colleges DIRECTLY.
If you are RE-APPLYING through AACPMAS, You must submit a new application along with the current fee.
- Confidentiality - Information provided on your AACPMAS application will be released only to AAACPM and the colleges of podiatric medicine. Information about applicants will be used to determine enrollment data and to follow the progress of students in the educational program. All information about applicants and students disclosed by the Association is disseminated only in aggregate statistical form. AACPM and its member institutions will use the information for research and development aimed at improving podiatric medical education and admissions policies and procedures.
- Fraudulent Information - Should there be an apparent irregularity in an application, AACPMAS will contact the applicant for clarification. If the question cannot be satisfactorily resolved, a standard procedure of investigation will be initiated. The applicant will be informed of the steps to be taken, which may result in circulation of a report of the irregularity to each of the colleges to which the applicant has applied or may apply in the future. Furthermore, applicants are admitted based upon current and correct information provided by the applicant. Each college of podiatric medicine is encouraged to check the information provided. Incorrect information can lead to expulsion.
TOEFL AND TSE SCORE REPORTS
The TOEFL is also required for admission for those applicants whose native language is NOT English and who have not received their undergraduate degree from an American University within the last five years. The TOEFL evaluates the English proficiency of people whose native language is not English. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and Official TSE (Test of Spoken English) scores Directly to the designated colleges from the testing agency. For information on these two tests call TOEFL/TSE services at 609-771-7500 or visit their website at http://www.ets.org/toefl.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Upon receipt web applications are thoroughly screened for completeness and accuracy. If the application is complete and accurate, it will be transmitted electronically to the applicant's designated schools within 24 hours. Applications are not processed until AACPMAS receives payment. After completing and delivering the web application to AACPMAS, applicants should arrange for the following application materials to be sent to their designated colleges:
- OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS
Acceptance is conditional upon the receipt of Official transcripts by the colleges. These official transcripts must be sent DIRECTLY from the Registrar's office of each undergraduate, graduate and professional school attended to ALL designated colleges. Updated official transcripts are also to be sent DIRECTLY to designated colleges.
FOREIGN COURSEWORK If your transcripts are from a foreign university with a grading system different from the U.S. educational grading system, it will be necessary to have a U.S. credentialing evaluation service do an OFFICIAL Transcript Evaluation Report of your academic record. Two such services are listed below:
World Education Services (WES)
PO Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
PO Box 248233
Coral Gables, FL 33124
- ADMISSION TEST SCORES
Official DAT Scores, GRE Scores (General & Science Subject) as well as TOEFL/TSE Scores must be sent DIRECTLY to all designated colleges. ONLY Official MCAT Scores are to be sent to AACPMAS. Official MCAT Scores received by AACPMAS after applications have been processed will be forwarded within 24 hours to Applicants' designated college(s).
The Colleges of Podiatric Medicine DO NOT ACCEPT MCAT, GRE OR DAT scores older than three (3) years prior to Application. The LATEST acceptable MCAT for admission the FALL ENTERING CLASS are from the April exam of the same year, i.e. April 2006 MCAT for FALL 2006 entrance.
To have your MCAT scores sent to AACPMAS, go to the MCAT website at www.aamc.org/mcat and select the MCAT testing History (Thx) Link. If you have already registered, log into the AAMC, if not, register first. Then select the "Send All My Scores" option and follow instructions from there.
- LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Letters of recommendation and other extraneous materials, e.g. past achievements, research performed, resumes, diplomas or certificates, should be sent DIRECTLY to designated colleges OR brought to the interview. Letters of recommendation sent to AACPMAS will be returned to the author.
- NEW APPLICANT INFORMATION
It is the Applicant's responsibility to report any information concerning a change in status after submission of the AACPMAS application, directly to the colleges to which (s)he is applying. For example withdrawal of application, acquisition of degrees, scholastic awards, academic difficulties, withdrawal from school, or other information have a positive or negative effect on the application.
AACPMAS PROCESSING SCHEDULE
Processing of applications for admission to the FALL Entering Class begins approximately SEPTEMBER 1ST of each year. After your correctly completed application has been received, AACPMAS requires approximately 24 hours to process and transmit it electronically to your designated colleges.
APPLICATION DEADLINE DATES
The deadline for PRIORITY consideration for the FALL Entering Class is April 1st. After that date, admissions are granted on a space available basis until the FINAL deadline date of July 31st.
ADDITIONAL COLLEGE(S) DESIGNATION
If you would like to add a school after your application has been processed, log onto your account and proceed to the Designation Section. Click on "Click Here" to add the college(s). When the form pops up, select the college(s) and click "Save". A screen appears showing your additional designation(s) and the option to pay. Proceed to payment. Additional college designations mush also meet school deadline dates. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-922-9266.
INTERVIEW WITH A COLLEGE OF PODIATRY
An interview at the individual school will be required of the successful applicant. If travel to the school will create a financial hardship, some schools may make arrangements for a local DPM to conduct the interview. Such arrangements must be made on an individual basis, however, and are not guaranteed.
Podiatry is one of the health professional areas which is included in the reciprocal support agreement of the WICHE organization. Unfortunately, at this time Idaho does not support podiatry students as a part of the WICHE program. The applicant who is a resident of one of the other western states which is a member of the WICHE organization should consult a current information booklet from WICHE to determine if podiatry students are supported. WICHE addresses, both the Idaho office and the central office can be obtained from the Pre-Health Advising Office.
Applicants are usually notified of acceptance in late spring or early summer prior to the fall in which school begins.
COLLEGES OF PODIATRIC MEDICINE (USA)
Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine
at Midwestern University (AZPod)
Admissions Department Midwestern University
19555 North 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85308
Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine
Division of Enrollment Services
11300 NE Second Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33161
(800) 695-2279 (outside Florida)
Fax (305) 899-4905
California School of Podiatric Medicine
at Samuel Merritt University
3100 Telegraph Avenue, Suite #1000, Oakland, CA 94609
Fax (510) 869-6525
College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
at Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
Fax (515) 271-7075
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Office of Admissions and Enrollment Mgmt.
53 East 124 Street, New York, NY 10035
Fax (212) 722-4918
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine
Office of Admissions
6000 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, OH 44131
(800) 238-7903 (outside Ohio)
(800) 821-6562 (inside Ohio)
Fax (216) 447-0210
E-mail : email@example.com
Dr. William M. Scholl
College of Podiatric Medicine
at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
Office of Admissions and Recruitment
3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL 60064-3095
(800) 843-3059 (outside Illinois)
Fax (847) 775-6523
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
Office of Admissions
148 North Eighth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Fax (215) 627-2815
The Council on Podiatric Medical Education has granted candidate status to the following institution. An institution that has achieved candidate status is viewed by the Council to have satisfied the eligibility requirements and to have the potential for meeting CPME accreditation standards and requirements once the DPM program is fully activated with students enrolled in all four years. The achievement of candidate status does not guarantee eventual accreditation.
College of Podiatric Medicine
at Western University of Health Sciences
309 East Second Street, Pomona, CA 91766