KSUCPM Pre-Matriculation Program

Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine’s Pre-Matriculation Program is an intensive three-week course designed to provide members of the Class of 2023 an extensive orientation to the school and local area, and to the demands of the first year medical school curriculum. Students will learn how to navigate the volume, pace and rigor of the curriculum at KSUCPM, while brushing up on pre-clinical science concepts and participating in lab-based workshops.

The Pre-Matriculation program will be presented by faculty members and educational specialists to help students master strategies such as time management, metacognitive skills, test-anxiety reduction strategies, test-taking strategies, success strategies, mindfulness practice, learning skills and mindset coaching.  Participating students will receive the benefit of learning vital skills rarely taught within a medical education curriculum. Each week, there will be a specific organ system theme to enhance medical knowledge.

Participation of this program will also entail consent to be part of a research study. More detailed information will be provided upon application.


  • Dates TBD: July 8 - 25, 2019
    • Students who apply for the program must commit for the full three weeks
  • KSUCPM Campus, 6000 Rockside Woods Blvd. North, Independence, Ohio 44131
  • Daily lunches provided
  • A complete schedule will be available in Spring 2019

Science Content: All content will be taught in either lecture format or clinical or cadaver lab by KSUCPM faculty and education specialists. Topics include musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory, urinary, neuroendocrinology, and an extensive review of medical terminology.

Clinical Content: Introduction to the podiatric profession, evidence-based medicine, x-rays, patient interviewing, and basic podiatric practical skills.

Learning Content: Woven throughout the Pre-Matriculation Program are sessions focused on enhancing your study habits, time management skills, and ability to handle the demands of a heavy course load. Learning content includes sessions on mindfulness, the neurobiology of learning, motivation, mindset mapping, grit, concept mapping, metacognition, academic resources, and energy management.

Assessment: Pre-test and Post-test to self-assess your own knowledge of material.

Application Process:
Students admitted into the KSUCPM Class of 2023 and accept the offer of admission may apply for participation in the Pre-Matriculation Program. Admitted students who do not have a strong background in the medical sciences are encouraged to apply.

The Pre-Matriculation Committee will review applications and make admission decisions for the pre-matriculation program on an on-going basis leading up to the start of the program. Due to the early July start of the program, the committee will make every effort to provide early notifications, if possible.  If the committee believes you would benefit from the program, you will receive an offer to participate via e-mail. Please note that the program can only accommodate 40 students.

Students who apply for the Pre-Matriculation program should be made aware that your AACPMAS application and all other data included as part of the application will be shared with the KSUCPM Pre-Matriculation Committee.

2019 Pre-Matriculation Program Application-  Application deadline: June 28th, 2019

Additional Information:

  • There is no cost to attend this program
  • There are no scholarships or grants provided to attend this program
  • This program occurs before a student officially begins classes at KSUCPM, so no financial aid will be provided until the regular disbursement date scheduled to coincide with the start of classes (Typically late July/early August; Exact date will be announced by the Financial Aid office in summer 2019)
  • Lunch is provided (Students must secure breakfast and dinner on their own)

For more information about the KSUCPM Pre-Matriculation Program, please contact Viveka Jenks, Education Innovations & Learning Design Manager, at vjenks@kent.edu or 216-916-7479.