Explore the Curriculum
In keeping with the objective of podiatric medicine having parity with allopathic and osteopathic medicine, the first two years of the curriculum for WesternU's College of Podiatric Medicine will be essentially the same as for our founding College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.

Emphasizing academic excellence, compassion, and comprehensive patient care, WesternU's Doctor of Podiatric Medicine curriculum is delivered in three phases.

ExamPhase I (Semester 1): The first phase of the curriculum lays the basic science foundation and teaches the key principles of practice that you will need to commence to phase II of the curriculum.

Phase II (Semesters 2-4): The second phase incorporates basic and clinical sciences into the in-depth study of 10 human organ systems. This approach emphasizes the relevance of basic science to clinical practice.

Phase III (Semesters 5-8): During the third phase, you will complete 20 rotations comprised of the major medical disciplines which provide you with the opportunity to further develop your podiatric medical knowledge and clinical skills.

As you click on each Semester, corresponding course details will appear in the box below.

Year 1, Fall Semester
  • PM 5020 Introduction to the Podiatric Physician I 
  • PM 5025 The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Medicine
  • PM 5030 Gross Anatomy
  • PM 5080 Essentials of Clinical Medicine I
  • PM 5090 Podiatric Medical Principles and Practices I
  • IPE 5000 Patient Centered Cases – An Interprofessional Approach I
Year 1, Spring Semester
  • PM 5120  Introduction to the Podiatric Physician II
  • PM 5125 Neuroscience System
  • PM 5130 Musculoskeletal System
  • PM 5145 Introduction to Disease, Immunity, and Therapeutics
  • PM 5155 Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry
  • PM 5175 Blood and Lymphatic System
  • PM 5180 Essentials of Clinical Medicine II
  • PM 5190 Podiatric Medical Principles and Practices II
  • IPE 5100 Patient Centered Care – An Interprofessional Approach II
Year 2, Fall Semester
  • PM 6020 Cardiovascular System
  • PM 6035 Renal System
  • PM 6040 Respiratory System
  • PM 6045 Endocrine System
  • PM 6080 Essentials of Clinical Medicine III
  • PM 6090 Podiatric Medical Principles and Practices III
  • IPE 6000 Team Training in Healthcare I  
Year 2, Spring Semester
  • PM 6115 Dermal System
  • PM 6130 Reproductive System
  • PM 6140 Gastrointestinal System and Nutrition
  • PM 6172 Emergency Medicine
  • PM 6173 Geriatrics
  • PM 6176 Pediatrics 
  • PM 6180 Essentials of Clinical Medicine IV
  • PM 6190 Podiatric Medical Principles and Practices IV
  • IPE 6100 Team Training in Healthcare II
Year 3, Fall and Spring Semester
  • PM 7010 General Medicine/Family Medicine
  • PM 7020 Internal Medicine I
  • PM 7021 Internal Medicine II
  • PM 7030 Surgery I
  • PM 7050 Surgical Elective (Sub-Specialty surgery)
  • PM 7060 Podiatric Medicine, Surgery & Biomechanics/Orthopedics I
  • PM 7070 Podiatric Medicine, Surgery & Biomechanics/Orthopedics II
  • PM 7080 Elective I – Pod Medicine, Surgery and Biomechanics/Orthopedics
  • PM 7090 Elective II – Pod Medicine, Surgery and Biomechanics/Orthopedics
  • PM 7095 Clinical Medicine Elective
  • PM 8055 Essentials of Clinical Medicine


Year 4, Fall and Spring Semester
  • PM 7510 General Internal Medicine 
  • PM 7521 Surgical Elective II (Sub-Specialty Surgery)
  • PM 7530 Surgery II (Sub-Specialty)
  • PM 7540 Emergency Medicine
  • PM 7545 Podiatric Medicine, Surgery and Biomechanics/Orthopedics III
  • PM 7550 Elective Pediatrics/Medicine Subspecialty
  • PM 7560 Elective Pod Medicine, Surgery and Biomechanics/Orthopedics III
  • PM 7570 Elective Pod Medicine, Surgery and Biomechanics/Orthopedics IV
  • PM 7580 Elective Pod Medicine, Surgery and Biomechanics/Orthopedics V
  • PM 7590 Elective Pod Medicine, Surgery and Biomechanics/Orthopedics VI
  • PM 8555 Essentials of Clinical Medicine

Early Clinical Experience
During both phase I and II, you will receive early clinical exposure through courses including Principles and Practices of Podiatric Medicine, Surgery and Biomechanics; Essentials of Clinical Medicine; Physician and Society; and Service Learning. Our students will also refine their clinical skills by working with standardized patients in our Clinical Skills Lab and through participation in WesternU's service-oriented clubs and organizations. Read more about clinical experiences and third and fourth year rotations
Interprofessional education

Learn Alongside Students in Other Health Professions
WesternU's interprofessional education provides a forum for you to collaborate and learn from students in eight other health-care programs. This curriculum provides an opportunity for early networking with other health professionals and ultimately prepares you to better serve your patients through interprofessional collaboration and referrals.

Outstanding Facilities
Western University is a thriving academic health center spread out over 22 acres in Pomona, CA. The main campus currently includes 19 major buildings including two new buildings totaling an investment of more than $100 million.  These buildings are shared by students in optometry, dentistry, osteopathic and podiatric medicine. The design fosters interprofessional education and patient care.

Health Education Center (HEC)

Patient Care Center (PCC)

  • four-story, 180,000 square feet
  • wireless equipped 
  • eight auditoriums
  • research labs and faculty offices
  • more than 50 small-group meeting rooms
  • pre-clinical space that mirrors clinical space
  • three-story, 68,500 square feet
  • Interprofessional Diagnostic Suite with three large examination rooms designed for a collaborative health care team
  • adaptive equipment for the treatment of people with disabilities

In addition, a new seven-story, 600-space parking structure was built to serve the new buildings.

Patient Care Center 
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students, and learn more about WesternU's DPM curriculum and admission requirements.