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Podiatric Medicine

Want a career in Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.)? Most students choose to major in biology or chemistry from UNC before going to podiatric school, but you can choose any undergraduate major.

Choosing a major outside of the sciences might extend the time it takes you to earn your degree as you'll also need to complete the graduation requirements for that major.

Contact Information

NHS Advising Center



Ross Hall, Room 1210

Suggested courses

Two semesters of each are usually required for most podiatric schools:

  • Two semesters of introductory biology with lab
  • Two semesters of introductory chemistry with lab
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry with lab
  • Two semesters of physics with lab
  • Two semesters of English (usually writing and literature courses)

Other recommended courses

These courses could also help you on your next journey:

  • Anatomy/ Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Psychology
  • Histology
  • Embryology
  • Zoology

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During your time here, you should do your best to stick to this timeline. It will help make sure you're ready for podiatric school.

  • First Year

    During your first year, it's important that you focus on your coursework and learn how to be a successful student. Knowing how to study and manage your time is critical and can help you earn a strong GPA. You should also:

    • Begin to work on prerequisite courses, especially both semesters of biology (BIO 110 and 111) and chemistry (CHEM 111 and 112)
    • Shadow a podiatric physician (D.P.M.) — either over breaks or during the summer
    • Obtain volunteer or work experience in a medical setting — either over breaks or during the summer
    • Research and learn more about podiatric medicine
    • Join the Pre-Health Professionals Club (PHPC) student organization
    • Meet with your pre-health advisor
  • Sophomore Year

    You should continue doing as best you can in your courses to earn a strong GPA during your sophomore year, as well as continuing to look for community service and shadowing (or other clinical experience) opportunities. You should also:

    • Look for leadership and research opportunities
    • Begin exploring specific podiatric school entrance requirements
    • Meet with your pre-health advisor
  • Junior Year

    During your junior year, you should still strive to earn a strong GPA as well as continuing your community service and shadowing (or other clinical experiences) and leadership activities. You should also:

    • Finish your science prerequisite courses and begin preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
    • Take the MCAT after finishing your science prerequisite courses — you must take the MCAT no latter than the spring (May or June) of the year of admission
    • Conduct research in your major
    • Obtain letters of recommendation
    • Work on your personal essay
    • Meet with you pre-health advisor
    • Learn more about applying to the colleges of podiatric medicine (more information below)
    • Submit your American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS) application in August (more information below)
  • Senior Year

    You should continue your community service and shadowing (or other clinical experiences) and leadership activities during your senior year, as well as continue your research experiences. You should also:

    • Prepare for interviews
    • Meet with your pre-health advisor
    • Go to podiatric medical school interviews
    • Accept an offer and notify other schools of your final decision in a timely manner
    • Write thank-you notes to references and admissions officers
    • Let your pre-health advisor know about your final decision
    • Apply for financial aid as needed

How to apply to podiatric school

Start by completing the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS) application. This will then be sent to the podiatric schools of your choice.

We've outlined the general process below, but you can also learn more about the AACPMAS admissions process.

  1. You will need to complete and submit your application along with your official transcripts to AACPMAS. Each application includes a space for your personal essay, coursework history, list of activities and the names of your recommenders (letters of recommendation are typically sent directly to each podiatric school).
  2. After verifying your application for accuracy and calculating your GPA, AACPMAS will deliver materials to the schools you chose in the application. It may take 5 weeks for them to process your application after its been received.
  3. After reviewing your application and letters of recommendation, podiatric schools may then invite you for interviews.
  4. From here, you will either be accepted, denied or placed on a waitlist for each school. The next choice is all yours!

General information about applicants

Students accepted to podiatric school typically have an overall GPA of 3.3, science GPA of 3.15 and an MCAT score of 496. Podiatric College Information Book.

The average cost of tuition for the first-year of podiatric school was $38,254 in 2019-20.

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine

The application opens August 1st and closes June 30th.

Start Your AACPMAS Application