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Pre-Podiatric Medicine Track at Hope College

What is Podiatric Medicine?

Great question. Learn more about this great medical career and type of physician.

What classes do I need to take? Courses required or recommended

The admission requirements at colleges of podiatric medicine are determined by each college, but there are 5, two-semester courses that are required at all podiatry schools. Since a podiatry school can add additional courses to its requirements, it is essential that students investigate the specific requirements at the podiatry schools where they plan to apply. All 9 of the accredited colleges of podiatric medicine grant the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and you can learn about their requirements here.

Courses Required At Most Colleges of Podiatric Medicine:

    • General Biology I (Biol 105) + General Biolgoy I Lab (Biol 107) [formerly Biol 260]
    • General Biology II (Biol 106) + Genearl Biology II lab (Biol 108) [formerly Biol 240]
    • General Chemistry I (Chem 125) + Gen Chem Lab I (Chem 127)
    • General Chemistry II (Chem 126) + Gen Chem Lab II (Chem 128)
    • (or another option for General Chemistry is:)
    • Accelerated General Chemistry (Chem 131) + Accel Gen Chem Lab (Chem 132)
    • Organic Chemistry I (Chem 221) + Org Chem Lab I (Chem 255)
    • Organic Chemistry II (Chem 231) + Org Chem Lab IIA (Chem 256)
  • PHYSICS [some states require Physics I & II]
    • College Physics I (Phys 105) + Physics Lab I (Phys 141)
    • College Physics II (Phys 106)+ Physics Lab II (Phys 142)
    • English (Eng 113 and upper level English: Eng 213 and Eng 214)

Most colleges of podiatric medicine require applicants to submit scores from the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Some colleges will accept the GRE or DAT in lieu of the MCAT. The courses listed above should be completed during the first 3 years so the student is prepared to take the MCAT in the spring or summer after the junior year. The MCAT covers the college-level science and English listed above. Please note, in Spring 2015, the new MCAT covers extensive topics covered in courses listed in pre-medicine (physician) web page.

Recommended Courses or Courses Required At Some Podiatry Schools:

  • Human Anatomy (Kin 200 or Bio 222 both with lab)
  • Human Physiology (Bio 221 or 442 both with lab)
  • Biochemistry (Chem 311 & 314)
  • Psychology (Psy 100 & 230)

What do I major in? Choice of Academic Major

Select an academic major that is of interest to you and one that will provide a foundation of knowledge necessary for several career alternatives. Colleges of podiatric medicine are most concerned with the overall quality and scope of college work and not with the specific academic major. While many students who are pursuing a career in podiatry are interested in the natural sciences and major in one of the natural sciences, others with interests in the social sciences, humanities, or the arts, may major in one of those areas. Podiatry schools seek students with diverse and broad yet strong academic backgrounds.

Specific admission requirements for the 9 colleges of podiatric medicine can be found on the web site for the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine and on the web site for each of the colleges of podiatric medicine. 


Do I need to know the Podiatric profession or shadow a Podiatrist?

Short answer is YES!

You should also be aware that podiatry school admission committees want to see that a student has learned about the podiatric medical profession through first-hand experience. This experience should include job shadowing one or more podiatrists. You can arrange for a podiatrist to contact you about mentoring possibilities through the AACPM web site. Podiatry school admission committees also look at a student's experiences for evidence that the student is committed to serving others and that the student is able to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and of different ages.

Useful Web Links to Information on Podiatry and Colleges of Podiatric Medicine

Links to General Information


For current Hope students, advising & questions related to the pre-podiatry track at Hope College, please contact HPA Professor T Prokopow.

For all others, please contact, Hope College Admissions Office.