Podiatry Requirements

  • Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are responsible for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions associated with the ankle and foot.
  • There are currently eight Colleges of Podiatric Medicine and more than 200 hospitals and institutions available for postdoctoral training in the field.
  • There is no particular major required to enter podiatric training although a strong background in science is highly recommended. It is the applicant's responsibility to research each school and review recommended coursework in addition to verifying the prerequisites listed below. Application dates and deadlines may vary.
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree is strongly encouraged and the MCAT is required for admission. Some schools will accept the DAT in place of the MCAT.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the pre-professional advisor early in their academic career to discuss plans of study, student involvement, the application process to professional school, etc
Courses U of M Course  Actual minimum semester hours required by all
Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
General Biology BIOL 1110/1111
BIOL 1120/1121
General Chemistry CHEM 1110/1111
CHEM 1120/1121
Organic Chemistry CHEM 3310/3301
CHEM 3511/3501
General Physics PHYS 2010/2011
PHYS 2020/2021
English Composition ENGL 1010
ENGL 1020


*Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine requires 12 hours of Biology.
*California School of Podiatric Medicine requires 8 hours of English/Communication Studies.