Podiatrists are qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg. Admission to podiatric medical school is a very selective process. Important factors for admission include high grade point average, good MCAT scores, letters of recommendation and an entrance interview. Students considering a career in podiatric medicine are strongly encouraged to "shadow" a podiatrist; this can be accomplished with a podiatrist in the student's hometown or with local podiatrists in the Jacksonville area. The application for admission to podiatric medical school is submitted through the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS).
Students wishing to prepare for a career in podiatric medicine may major in any academic area, as long as they successfully complete the standard science prerequisite course. While students should be careful to choose courses specifically required at each school of podiatric medicine to which they plan to apply, the general prerequisites are similar to those for medical school and include:
:: One full year of General Chemistry (Chemistry 110 and 211)
:: One full year of Organic Chemistry (Chemistry 203 and 204)
:: One full year of Physics (Physics 181 and 182 or Physics 201 and 202)
:: Two semesters of English
:: Three semesters of biology/zoology
Very highly recommended courses include: biochemistry, histology, anatomy and physiology, neurobiology and microbiology. In addition, courses in genetics and psychology will be important for MCAT preparation.
Our Pre-Podiatry Advisors:
Hitchcock Professor of Biology
B.A. Millikin University; Ph.D. University of Iowa
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Ph.D. Duke University