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 nine 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 BioHealth Sciences 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)
MTH 111. *College Algebra (4)
MTH 112. *Elementary Functions (4)
Baccalaureate core courses and electives (16)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)
BI 211, BI 212, BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4,4,4)
CH 331, CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4, 4)
and CH 337. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (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 (4,3)
or BB 350. Elementary Biochemistry (4)
BI 311. Genetics (4)
BI/BB 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
PH 201, PH 202, PH 203. *General Physics (5,5,5)
Baccalaureate core courses and electives (11–12)
Select one WIC course from the following (3–4):
BHS 323. ^Microbial Influences on Human Health (3)
BI/MB 385. ^Emerging Infectious Diseases and Epidemics (3)
HSTS 417. ^*History of Medicine (4)
Upper-division science elective courses (6–9)
Anatomy, physiology, or embryology are recommended.
* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)