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Doctors of podiatric medicine have rewarding careers helping improve the mobility of patients of all ages. Taking care of what’s arguably the most mistreated part of the body—the foot and the ankles—podiatrists treat everything from sports injuries to congenital defects to bunions to diabetes-related problems. It’s a profession with plenty of flexibility. Many podiatrists work in private practice, where they can set their own hours and the scope of their work. As the general population ages, podiatrists are likely to see career opportunities increase in coming years.

Will I need further study?
What should I major in?
What are the course requirements?
What about advising?
Where can I find additional information?

Will I need further study?
Yes, you will need to complete a four-year course of study leading to the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. Most states also require that you complete a postdoctoral residency program of at least one year.

What should I major in?
You may choose any major, but you must complete the course requirements when applying to any podiatry college.

What are the course requirements?
Each podiatry college sets their own prerequisite courses so students must verify admission requirements directly with the schools. Working with a health professions advisor, you should plan your courses of study carefully, and you should take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) at the appropriate time. Recommended courses include:

  • BIO 200, 201, 315, 321, 430, 442
  • CHM 211, 212, 311, 312, 315
  • ENG 105, 106
  • PHY 111, 112 or 121, 122
  • Humanities and social sciences

What about advising?
Expert advising is an important part of the Patterson Center for the Health Professions. You will meet with one of our expert advisors to discuss your specific academic and professional interests. Your advisor will work with you throughout your Elmhurst career, clearing obstacles and giving expert guidance. Want to know more? See Advisors.

Where can I find additional information?
You can start by contacting us at Elmhurst’s Patterson Center for the Health Professions or check out these useful web sites:

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
On this site, you’ll find information about the various colleges of podiatric medicine and other institutions that offer graduate or postdoctoral training in podiatric medicine.

American Podiatric Medical Association
The APMA represents approximately 80 percent of the podiatrists in the country. This site provides career information and more.

 
 

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