for Healthcare Education
at Miami University
Preparing for a Career as a Podiatry
Once you have decided to pursue a career in podiatry, you should:
- Familiarize yourself with general advice for students considering healthcare careers (general advising page).
- Familiarize yourself with the information on this page.
- Visit websites such as:
- American Podiatric Medicine Association (APMA)
- Learn more about the premier professional organization representing the nation's Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (podiatrists).
- Contact Mr. Rob Balfour (balfoura@MiamiOH.edu, 513-529-3149, 292 Pearson Hall) for any questions you may have about a career as a physician assistant.
Podiatry School Requirement - Miami Equivalent
- English (1 year)
- ENG 111, 112
- Biology (1 year with lab)
- *BMZ 115, 116
ZOO 113, 114
- General Chemistry (1 year with lab)
141, 142, 144, 145 or CHM 153, 161
- Organic Chemistry (1 year with lab)
- CHM 241, 242, 244, 245
CHM 251, 252, 254, 255
- Physics (1 year with lab)
- PHY 171, 172 or PHY 181, 182
PHY 183, 184
* BMZ is a cross-listed course offered by the Departments of Botany, Microbiology, and Zoology.
Please be advised that there may be course requirements in addition to the list above. Be sure to review each podiatry school's website to ensure you will meet the requirements for those to which you will apply.
Admission to podiatry schools is competitive and schools choose among many qualified applicants. Evaluation of candidates is based largely on objective criteria. A high overall and science GPA are important. Other important factors are:
- competitive Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores, or competitive scores on an alternative test accepted by the schools to which you are applying (see below)
- strong letters of reference
- evidence of leadership potential as demonstrated by a few carefully chosen extracurricular activities
- well-developed interpersonal skills
Applying to Podiatric Medicine School
Application to podiatry school is through the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS). The MCAT is required, although some schools may accept the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), or the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) in lieu of the MCAT. Students should verify which tests are acceptable with the schools to which they are interested in applying.