About the Pre-Podiatry Program

Undergraduate students interested in the podiatry field often major in biology, chemistry, or both. Podiatry is a program and is not considered a major. A bachelor’s degree is recommended but not required prior to matriculation into podiatry school.

Podiatrists are responsible for examining, diagnosing, and treating diseases and problems of the foot and the ankle. These treatments include both orthopedic and surgical corrections. Often a serious problem with the foot or ankle can indicate a disease or disorder, such as diabetes. Therefore, Doctors of Podiatric Medicine, or D.P.M., must be highly trained individuals that can understand and identify these connections. Podiatrists will treat patients suffering from such things as gout, poor circulation, arthritis, and diabetes. Once accepted into podiatry school, students will participate in in-class lectures during their first two years, and then be exposed to clinical experiences during their final two years. In order to be accepted to podiatry school, students must take the MCAT, a standardized test used to assess a student's scientific knowledge.

Program curriculum:

CORE 101: Drury Seminar
BIOL 172: Molecular Biology
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Inheritance
CHEM 208/L: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 238/238L: Inorganic Chemistry
PSYC 101: Intro Psychology
MATH 231: Calculus I
MATH 227: Statistics
PHYS 211: General Physics I
PHYS 212: General Physics II
CHEM 315/315L: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 415/415L: Advanced Organic Chemistry
SOCI 347: Medical Sociology
ENGL 207: Expository Writing
BIOL 322: Genetics
BIOL 336: Biochemistry
BIOL 378/379: Adv. Human Physiology I & II
CHEM 436 or BIOL 324: Adv. Biochemistry or Cell

Recommended Courses:
BIOL 305: Medical Terminology
BIOL 316: Comparative Anatomy or BIOL 321: Comparative or Comprehensive Human Anatomy
BIOL 333: Histology
PSYC 356: Biopsychology

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