Chere Pereira, Chief Advisor
Podiatry is a growing and challenging health profession that focuses on the care of the human foot and leg. Podiatrists prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases and disorders of the foot through both medical and surgical methods.
Students wishing to become podiatrists attend a four-year postbaccalaureate training program leading to a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) at one of eight schools of podiatric medicine in the United States. These schools are located in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. To practice in Oregon, a DPM must also take the qualifying examination administered by the State Board of Podiatric Examiners.
Before entering a school of podiatric medicine, students must first complete four years of undergraduate study and fulfill entrance requirements to the school of their choice (note that most podiatry schools require 3 quarters of English/writing). Students who enroll in the Pre-Podiatry option will receive a BS degree in General Science upon completion of the curriculum shown below. The preparatory program at OSU will satisfy requirements for entrance to most podiatry schools.
CH 231, CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4,4)
and CH 261, CH 262, CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231, 232, 233 (1,1,1)
Math Sciences at least through MTH 112, *Elementary Functions, (8)
Baccalaureate core courses and electives (16)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)
CH 331, CH 332, CH 337. Organic Chemistry and Lab (4,4,4)
BI 211, BI 212, BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4,4,4)
ST 201, ST 202. Principles of Statistics (4,4)
or ST 351, ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4,4)
Writing II (3)
Baccalaureate core courses and electives (10–12)
BB 450, BB 451. General Biochemistry and Lab (4,3)
or BB 350. Elementary Biochemistry (4)
BI 311. Genetics (4)
BI 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
PH 201, PH 202, PH 203. *General Physics (5,5,5)
Baccalaureate core courses and electives (12)
Choose 4 credits of WIC from the following:
HSTS 415. ^Theory of Evolution and Foundation of Modern Biology (4)
HSTS 417. ^History of Medicine (4)
HSTS 425. ^History of the Life Sciences (4)
Courses should be planned in consultation with student’s advisor; graduation in the General Science major with the Pre-Podiatry option requires a total of 36 credits of upper-division science, to include at least two courses in anatomy, physiology, histology, or embryology.