Podiatric Medicine

Center of Pre-Health Professions

Pre-health is a career track at ACU and not a major. CPHP students are allowed to select any major on campus to earn a degree in while also working toward their professional goals in a health-service field. The most common majors pursued by our students are biology, biochemistry, kinesiology, nutrition and animal science.

Pre-health is a career track at ACU and not a major. CPHP students are allowed to select any major on campus to earn a degree in while also working toward their professional goals in a health-service field. The most common majors pursued by our students are biology, biochemistry, kinesiology, nutrition and animal science.

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About Podiatric Medicine

Podiatrists diagnose, treat and prevent disease or injury of the feet. They may use surgical, medical or physical means. Demand for podiatrists is great; studies estimate there is only one podiatrist for every 23,000 patients. Specialists within the field include podiatric medicine, surgery, podogeriatrics, podopediatrics and podiatric sports medicine.

Podiatric medicine is a four-year course of study, with two years of basic medical sciences and two years of clinical training. For licensure, podiatric physicians must complete their degree and residency and must pass state and national board examinations. Develop your passion for podiatry in CPHP.

 

 

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  • Podiatrists diagnose, treat, and prevent disease or injury of the feet. They may use surgical, medical, or physical means. Demand for podiatrists is great; studies estimate there is only one podiatrist for every 23,000 patients. Specialists within the field include podiatric medicine, surgery, podogeriatrics, podopediatrics, and podiatric sports medicine.
  • Podiatric medicine is a four-year course of study, with two years of basic medical sciences and two years of clinical training. For licensure, podiatric physicians must complete their degree and residency and must pass state and national board examinations. Satisfactory completion of the national boards is required for state licensure. About two thirds of the states require at least one year of postdoctoral work before licensure. Doctors of podiatric medicine are licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Course Prerequisites

According to the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine website, the requirements for application to Schools of Podiatric Medicine are very similar. A number of factors are considered including the applicant’s grade point average, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, personal interview, and performance on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Traditionally, the MCAT has been the only test required for admission, but recently, the California College of Podiatric Medicine, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, and Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine have begun to accept GRE scores. While ninety percent of those students accepted into one of these colleges hold a bachelor’s degree, only completion of three years of undergraduate work is required.

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