Step 1: Prerequisites and Application Requirements
The first step in the admissions process is to ensure you are on track to complete both the course prerequisites and application requirements in time to apply for your preferred year of entry.
International Students: We do not require a separate application or fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the prerequisite and application requirements as outlined. If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our International Student Services (ISS) staff are available to help you. Visit the ISS website to learn more.
Step 2: Make Yourself a Competitive Candidate
Admission to the program is competitive so you should strive to not only meet, but exceed the minimum requirements. To get a feel for the competitiveness of the applicant pool we recommend that you view our class statistics page, review the national statistics for Podiatric Medicine and read what the admissions committee recommends you do to maximize your candidacy.
Step 3: Preparing and Submitting your Application
The apply now page will provide you with step-by-step instructions as well as an application checklist. There are a number of supporting materials that make up your completed application and it is essential that you print and carefully follow the checklist to ensure that you properly submit these pieces by the deadline.
Frequently Asked Questions
Required: 8 semester units or 12 quarter units
General Biology with lab - may not be an introductory course
Organic Chemistry with lab - may not be an introductory course
General Physics with lab - may not be an introductory course
General or Inorganic Chemistry with lab - may not be an introductory course
Required: 6 semester units or 9 quarter units
College English/English Composition
Must be taken from the English Department
English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are not accepted
Not required but highly recommended
Biochemistry, Human Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Zoology & Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Marriage/Family etc.)
Must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution (exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis) or its equivalent abroad
Must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (a grade of “C-” or lower is not acceptable)
Must be designated for baccalaureate credit by the institution offering the courses
Must be completed by the spring term prior to matriculation.
Will not be satisfied by advanced-placement, pass/no credit, CLEP or credit for experiential learning
Will not be waived or substituted
All coursework taken from non-US institutions (including Canada) must be submitted to an approved service for evaluation
Completion of prerequisite courses as outlined
Minimum 90 semester or 135 quarter units of undergraduate coursework
- Must be completed by matriculation at a regionally accredited U.S. institution
Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
MCAT scores are valid for three (3) years from date of application
Last test date accepted for 2014 entering class will be the June 2014 test
Currently, there is not a minimum MCAT score requirement for the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine program
Letters of Recommendation
The letters of recommendation requirement may be fulfilled one of two ways:
Obtain two (2) letters of recommendation
- One (1) letter of recommendation from your undergraduate institution's pre-professional committee, and
- One (1) letter of recommendation from a podiatric physician (should not be a family member)
Obtain three (3) letters of recommendation
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from science professors, and
- One (1) letter of recommendation from a podiatric physician
Methods of submitting letters of recommendation:
- Electronic: Letters can be electronically submitted by the recommender to the application service or other services such as Interfolio or Virtual Evals.
- Paper: Letters must be typed on official letterhead and must be signed by the recommender. Letter must be submitted in a sealed envelope that is signed over the seal by the recommender.
- Email: Letters may be submitted by email directly from the recommender. The recommender’s email address should be a business or school email address.
Although not required, having earned a BS or BA will likely strengthen your application
- BS or BA may be in any subject
Although not required, we recommend you visit a College of Podiatric Medicine or practicing podiatric physician prior to your on campus interview
Proof of Legal US Residency – If required
- If you are an international applicant or any other applicant who is not U.S. citizen and is living in the U.S., you should be prepared to provide proof of legal U.S. residency at the time of interview.
- Proof of legal U.S. residency is required prior to any offer of acceptance.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) – If Required
- The TOEFL is required for all applicants submitting coursework from foreign schools
- A minimum score of 213 for the Computer-Based test or 79 for the Internet-Based test must be submitted at the time of application
- TOEFL scores are valid for two years
- The TOEFL exam will be waived for permanent and temporary residents of the United States who have completed the English prerequisite from an accredited institution in the United States.
- English courses taken from foreign countries whose native language is English will be accepted (e.g., Canada, Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand and the British West Indies)