To enter a school or college of podiatric medicine, one must first complete a minimum of three years or 90 semester hours of college credit at an accredited institution. Over 97% of the students who enter a college of podiatric medicine have a bachelor' s degree. Many have also completed some graduate study.

Actual minimum semester credit hour requirements for all of the schools and colleges of podiatric medicine include the following prerequisites: (all science courses require a lab)

  • Biology (8-12 semester hours)
  • Chemistry (8 semester hours)
  • Organic Chemistry (8 semester hours)
  • Physics (8 semester hours)
  • English (6-8 semester hours)

All of the science courses listed above must have a lab and be designed for health professional students (i.e. pre-medical students).

Potential podiatric medical students may be evaluated on the basis of their grade point average (GPA), performance on the MCAT (or US DAT), extra curricular and community activities, personal interview, professional potential, etc. Admission criteria may vary slightly by institution; therefore, contact the school and college of your choice to obtain a copy of its catalog for specific requirements. A number of factors are considered in admitting students to a college of podiatric medicine. Undergraduates with liberal arts backgrounds, as well as those with science majors, are encouraged to apply.

Required Admissions Tests

Traditionally the MCAT has been the only standardized test required for admissions to the colleges of podiatric medicine. However, some colleges will accept the GRE or US DAT in lieu of the MCAT.  The MCAT is scored in each of the following areas: Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Writing Sample, and Biological Sciences. The MCAT will change its format considerably for the 2015 year.  Please consult the MCAT website for more information.

MCAT and US DAT exams taken more than three (3) years prior to application are NOT ACCEPTABLE.