Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) specialize in the function of the lower extremities. From ankles to feet to the leg, they help diagnose and correct any injuries, deformities such as tumors and ulcers, or walking problems. Because of the effects of the lower extremities on a lot of daily movements they can specialize in sports medicine, pediatrics, diabetic and wound care, and surgery.

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Admission into a graduate school for podiatry requires a completion of an undergraduate degree with classes in the basic sciences such as biology, chemistry, and physics, along with English courses. The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is also required for an application. It is also suggested to have paid or unpaid experience with current podiatrists. Once admitted, the program is four years of school followed by a three year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery residency. To become board licensed, the student must pass the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination (APMLE).

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General Information


The podiatry program is a four-year doctoral program and covers anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology of the entire body with special emphasis on the foot, ankle, and related tissues. After the completion of the program, a podiatrist will complete a three-year residency program in a clinical setting before they can apply for a license.


Consideration to schools usually requires the following:

  • Coursework in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Math
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • Sufficient experience in the field alongside professionals

Standardized Tests

To become licensed, you must pass the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination.

Content provided by PPHS students Mariah Schultz and Charlotte Ritchie