Successful candidates who apply for entry into one of the nine podiatric medical schools display positive characteristics of mature adults. Evidence of preparation for a career in medicine, and specifically a career in podiatric medicine, should also be present in each application. Candidates with strong science preparation are preferred. Attributes of successful candidates also include good time management, problem solving proficiency and a strong sense of inter- and intrapersonal communication skills. Successful candidates also have a demonstrable record of community service or good works, a strong academic record in the sciences, and are well-rounded individuals.
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To enter a podiatric medical school, one must first complete a minimum of three years or 90 semester hours of college credit at an accredited institution. Over 97% of the students who enter podiatric medical school have a bachelor’s degree. Many have also completed some graduate study.
Actual minimum semester credit hour requirements for all of the schools and colleges of podiatric medicine include the following prerequisites (all science courses require a lab):
|Biology||8 semester hours|
|Chemistry (General or Inorganic)||8 semester hours|
|Organic Chemistry||8 semester hours|
|Physics||8 semester hours|
|English||6-8* semester hours|
*California School of Podiatric Medicine requires 8 semester hours of English/Communication studies.
The science courses you take should be those designed for health professional students (pre-medical students), and MUST include laboratory experience. Courses for non-science majors are not accepted.
AACPMAS Admission Procedures
AACPMAS begins processing admission applications the first Wednesday in August each year for Fall admission the following year. Deadline Dates are as follows: For priority consideration, March 1st of each year for the upcoming Fall admission. The final application deadline date is June 30th of each year for Fall admission of the same year.
Other admission requirements include letters of recommendation which are to be sent directly to the podiatric medical schools, as well as personal interviews.
Please note which colleges will accept electronic letters of recommendation (E-LOR) from letter services for the 2020 application cycle:
|AZCPM||Interfolio or Virtual Evals|
|DMU-CPMS||Interfolio or Virtual Evals|
|KSUCPM||Interfolio or Virtual Evals|
|NYCPM||Interfolio or Virtual Evals|
|SCPM||Interfolio or Virtual Evals|
|TUSPM||Interfolio or Virtual Evals|
|WUCPM||Interfolio or Virtual Evals|
Required Admissions Tests
Traditionally the MCAT has been the only standardized test required for admissions to the podiatric medical schools. MCAT exams taken more than three (3) years prior to application are NOT ACCEPTABLE.
To register for the MCAT and for the dates and test site locations, visit www.aamc.org/students/mcat.
COLLEGES OF PODIATRIC MEDICINE
Acceptable Standardized Tests
|School||Standardized Tests Accepted During the AACPMAS Cycle||Last MCAT Test Date Prior to Fall Start Date|
The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS) allows podiatric medical applicants to use a single web-based application and one set of transcripts to apply to all nine of the schools and colleges of podiatric medicine.
Applicants complete one application and submit it with corresponding materials to the centralized service. AACPMAS verifies the application’s components for accuracy, calculates the applicant’s grade point average (GPA) and delivers the materials to the podiatric schools and colleges that the applicant designates.
For the 2021 AACPMAS cycle, the fee for the initial application and first designated college is $185. An additional $50 is added for each additional designation at the time of submission. Additional designations after the initial submission of the application are $65 for each additional designation.
If you need to contact AACPMAS Customer Service:
Monday – Friday (9:00am-5:00pm Eastern time) excluding federal holidays
Watertown, MA 02471
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