Pre-Podiatry | Kent State University

Pre-podiatry

Podiatric medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and surgical, physical, mechanical, and medical treatment of the foot and ankle. A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine can treat a variety of ailments, from bunions to reconstructive ankle surgery. The College of Podiatric Medicine joined Kent State University in the summer of 2012Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM) has grown throughout the years to become one of the most highly-reputable, internationally respected medical institutions in the world. From the college’s cutting-edge and advanced technologies, to innovative laboratories and classrooms, KSUCPM offers students a superior, modern, educational environment. In addition to the KSUCPM, there are eight other podiatric medical colleges in the United States.

Is this career right for you?

  • Do you excel in science and enjoy the study of anatomy/physiology?
  • Do you enjoy approaching complex problems and researching solutions?
  • Do you feel confident in a leadership position as well as working in a team?
  • Do you feel comfortable communicating with people from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives? 

Undergraduate Timeline

First Year

  • Meet with your academic advisor prior to the start of your first semester to discuss your math and science placement, as well as building your first semester schedule. This discussion should occur at Destination Kent State. If you do not participate in this program, you will want to schedule a separate appointment.

  • Focus on your grades; seek out tutoring or supplemental instruction when needed.

  • Join clubs and organizations on campus.

  • Attend any introductory pre-health or pre-medicine workshops or events held by departments.

Second Year

  • Meet regularly with your professional and/or faculty advisor(s) in order to verify that you are staying on track with necessary prerequisite coursework; discuss specific pre-health advising questions with your faculty advisor.

  • Build a strong relationship not only with your faculty/pre-health advisor, but with other faculty members in your department; consider seeking undergraduate research opportunities with these individuals.

  • Continue to pursue strong grades in your courses.

  • Seek out volunteer opportunities within the community.

  • Begin to shadow physicians and make professional connections in the medical field.

  • Pursue leadership opportunities within the clubs/organizations you participate.

THIRD YEAR 

  • Continue to meet with your faculty/pre-health advisor at least once a semester to plan your degree progress and verify that you are completing all necessary medical school prerequisites.

  • Verify that your coursework matches the desired prerequisite coursework for the schools you wish to attend; add additional courses as needed.

  • Build shadowing experience; also attempt to gain experience working directly with patients, either in a work or volunteer setting.

  • Apply to participate in a pre-medicine committee review, if applicable.

  • Identify individuals to ask for letters of recommendation; these should come from faculty, pre-health advisor(s) and physicians familiar with your work ethic/ability.

  • Continue to seek leadership positions in clubs/organizations on campus, as well as volunteering in your community.

  • Schedule MCAT for the summer before you plan to apply.

FOURTH YEAR

  • Begin submitting application materials in August/September.
MAJOR

Students are welcome to pursue any major on the path to podiatry school. While schools require candidates to complete certain prerequisite courses in mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics, students are encouraged to pursue additional courses in subjects of their choice.

DEGREE DETAILS

Graduating from a podiatric medical school and completing a subsequent residency would earn a D.P.M. degree. Podiatric physicians are licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medication and work specifically to diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle and lower leg.

LENGTH OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Schools/colleges of podiatric medicine typically last four years. Once the medical degree is finished, students are required to complete a three year residency.

PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK

To enter a school or college of podiatric medicine, students must have completed at minimum three years or approximately 90 semester hours of college credit at an accredited institution. More than 97% of students who enter a college of podiatric medicine will have completed a bachelor’s degree. This figure is approximately 99% for the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. Listed below are standard minimum admission prerequisites established by the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine. Different colleges or schools may have slightly varied requirements, so it is important to conduct further research into the schools you are considering. All science courses require a lab component.

  • 8 Semester or 12 Quarter Hours of Biology: BSCI 10110: Biological Diversity and BSCI 10120: Biological Foundations
  • 8 Semester or 12 Quarter Hours of General/Inorganic Chemistry: CHEM 10060: General Chemistry I and CHEM 10062: General Chemistry I Lab AND CHEM 10061: General Chemistry II and CHEM 10063: General Chemistry II Lab; OR CHEM 10970: Honors General Chemistry I AND CHEM 10971: Honors General Chemistry II
  • 8 Semester or 12 Quarter Hours of Organic Chemistry: CHEM 30481: Organic Chemistry I and CHEM 30475: Organic Chemistry I Lab AND CHEM 30482: Organic Chemistry II and CHEM 30476: Organic Chemistry II Lab; OR CHEM 20481: Basic Organic Chemistry I and CHEM 30475: Organic Chemistry I Lab AND CHEM 20482: Basic Organic Chemistry II and CHEM 30476: Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • 8 Semester or 12 Quarter Hours of Physics: PHY 13001: General College Physics I and PHY 13021: General College Physics I Lab AND PHY 13002: General College Physics II and PHY 13022: General College Physics II Lab; OR PHY 23201: General University Physics I AND PHY 23202: General University Physics II
  • 6 Semester or 9 Quarter Hours of English: College Writing I AND ENG 21011: College Writing II; OR HONR 10197: Honors Colloquium I AND HONR 10297: Honors Colloquium II
APPLICATION SERVICE
APPLICATION TIMING

Admissions are conducted on a rolling basis. It is recommended that you apply early in the application season, as candidates who do so are typically given preference in the process. The AACPMAS opens in early August each year for the following year’s fall class. There is additional information about each individual school provided on the AACPM website.

Students are encouraged to apply to 2 to 3 schools out of the 9 total possible schools/colleges of podiatric medicine in the United States.

GPA

Many schools and colleges will have an established minimum GPA that you must hold in order to be considered for admission. It is typically recommended to strive to hold a higher GPA than the listed minimum. Each school or college may have an average GPA, so it is recommended that you do further research to be well-informed.

For the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, the following GPA averages apply:

  • Overall GPA: 3.37
  • Science GPA: 3.22
  • Non-Science GPA: 3.45
  • Organic Chemistry GPA: 2.96
TESTING REQUIREMENTS: MCAT

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is offered several times per year and has four sections:

  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Practice materials:

PRE-PODIATRY ADVISING
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS