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.

“When you graduate from WesternU, you will have the knowledge, skills and perspective that will make you a humanistic, holistic and academically excellent physician.”
Phase 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.

Review the Course Listing in our Catalog

For more detail regarding the curriculum, please review the course descriptions (PDF) in our University catalog.

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

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.

WesternU Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) students learn about casting during the podiatric medicine rotation
Academic Support

The Office of Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Office (LEAD) is another resource for on-campus and distance students. LEAD helps students connect academic success with wellbeing.  In individual counseling sessions, students learn time management, test taking, and studying strategies. LEAD facilitates training in managing stress, increasing focus, and professional skills.  Also, LEAD offers a 5-week program for incoming students, Summer Preparedness and Readiness Course (SPaRC).

Outstanding Facilities

WesternU 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)

  • 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

Patient Care Center (PCC)

  • 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

Please join us for an information session where you can tour the facilities, chat with faculty & students, and learn more about WesternU’s DPM curriculum and admission requirements.

Patient Care Center building