FAQs - Admissions

Question 1: What is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)?
A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is a doctor specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders resulting from injury or disease. A DPM makes independent judgments, prescribes medications and performs surgery. The human foot has a complex interrelation with the rest of the body which means that it may be the first area to show signs of serious conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Since the podiatric physician is often the first to detect symptoms of these disorders, he or she becomes a vital and sometimes lifesaving link in the health care team.

Question 2: Is there a demand for Doctors of Podiatric Medicine?
Yes! Injuries sustained by an increasing number of men and women engaging in exercise and fitness have created a great demand for doctors of podiatric medicine. Ailments of the foot are among the most widespread and neglected health problems in our nation today. Additionally, the number of older Americans is increasing almost three times as fast as the rest of the population, and subsequently adds to the demand for podiatric physicians. Studies on manpower in the health professions indicate the need to increase the number of practicing podiatric physicians in the United States.

Question 3: Is WesternU’s College of Podiatric Medicine accredited?
Please visit our accreditation page for the latest updates.

Question 4: How many students will you be accepting?
We anticipate seating a class of approximately 50 students. Visit the competitve candidate profile page for more information on the qualities we seek in our incoming students.

Question 5: Will you offer a program or advanced standing credit for foreign trained chiropodists?
No, at this time, we are not offering a separate program or advanced standing for foreign trained chiropodists. However, foreign trained chiropodists who meet the prerequisite requirements may apply for admission into the first year after completion of the MCAT and documentation of college courses. 

Question 6: Is residency training required?
The state of California requires a minimum of two years post-graduate residency training for licensure in addition to passing Part III of the NBPME. As of July 1, 2008, the BPM will accept either the COMLEX or USMLE as equivalent licensing exams to the NBPME.

Question 7: Is there still a residency shortage?
Presently, there are more residency applicants than there are DPM residency positions. Although there are enough residency positions for the amount of current DPM graduates, there is a group of graduates from former graduating classes who are also applying to those position because they did not match previously. The Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) and WesternU CPM has set a large emphasis on aiding increases in positions in approved podiatric residencies and expediting the review and evaluation of programs that apply for provisional approval. For more information, please visit the : CPME website.

Question 8: What can you tell me about the MCAT?
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores are required as part of your application file. MCAT scores are valid for up to three years. For more information about the MCAT, please visit the Association of American Medical Colleges website.

Question 9: Can I submit my MCAT scores to WesternU now?
All MCAT scores must be submitted to AACPMAS.

Question 10: Can I visit your campus?
We would love for you to visit campus! Attend Preview Day where we will provide you with detailed information on the curriculum and profession as well as the admissions process. You will also have the opportunity to hear from the dean/upper administration and chat with current WesternU students as they tour you through the facilities.

Question 11: Where can I find information on Board Passage Rates, Graduation Rates and Residency Placement?
Please visit our Board Passage Rates, Graduation Rates and Residency Placement page for the latest updates.