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American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination (APMLE) Download to print
The College of Podiatric Medicine emphasizes the importance of fully preparing for and passing the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners’ American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination (APMLE), Part I and II. These exams are recognized as part of the licensing process by a member of state, federal and Canadian provincial legal agencies governing the practice of podiatric medicine. All podiatric residency programs require passage of APMLE Part I and Part II prior to the beginning of the residency.
Eligible students are required to take the APMLE Part I and Part II the first time the exam is offered and every subsequent time, if necessary.
Students who have not passed APMLE Part I will not be eligible to take Part II. Those students will be under the college’s Board Part I Failure Policy (see below). Subsequent failures of Part I may delay graduation and/or result in summary dismissal without the right of appeal.
APMLE Part I the First Time Offered
Eligible students are required to first sit for the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination Part I (APMLE-1) in July. For four-year students, this is the July following their second year at the college. For five-year students, this is the July following their third year.
For those students who pass APMLE-1, their pathway to graduation is unchanged, taking third-year courses and junior rotations through February of the following year. In March, students start CLI 804xx clinical rotations. In March of the following year, students return to campus for their senior experience and senior exams. Upon successful completion of all requirements, students graduate on time in May.
College of Podiatric Medicine Board Part 1 Failure Policy
Students will find out if they passed APMLE-1 in August, when National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners distributes the exam scores. Students who fail the July exam will continue with third-year classes and August clinical rotations. Beginning in September, students will be removed from clinic and enrolled in a structured remediation process to prepare for the required retake in October. In October, students will resume clinic rotations and continue with their second-semester classes. In November, when the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners distributes the October retake exam scores, students will continue on one of the two following pathways.
From September 1 to the end of February, students will make up four third-year clinic rotations. In March, they begin CLI 804xx clinical rotations. In March of the following year, students will return to campus for their senior experience and senior exams. Upon successful completion of all requirements, they will graduate in May, one year following their original graduation date.
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