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Podiatry is a growing field with increasing demand as the overall population ages and access to health insurance opens. According to the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine, podiatrists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the lower extremity: foot, ankle and related structures of the leg; utilize x-rays and laboratory tests for diagnostic purposes, prescribe medications, order physical therapy, set fractures and perform surgery.

The University of Tampa equips students to enter podiatry school by offering a high-caliber faculty who engages and inspires students to exceed their expectations. Smaller classes allow one-on-one dialogue, personal attention and the kind of insightful evaluation, mentoring and guidance that make a difference. Your teachers get to know you well; that means better recommendations for jobs and graduate schools.

Preparing for Podiatry School

Earn a bachelor’s degree

Choose a major:

Students who are interested in going to podiatry school typically major in biology, chemistry or biochemistry. These majors include most of the required courses for entrance into podiatric programs and will help prepare students for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). However, other degrees can also prepare students for health professions; thus students are encouraged to major in the field where they excel and should consult the pre-health professions advisor about course work.

Basic pre-requisite* courses required for podiatry school:

  • Biology I and II with labs
  • General Chemistry I and II with labs
  • Organic Chemistry I and II with labs
  • Physics I and II with labs
  • Biochemistry and Intro to Psychology and Sociology: these sections have been added to the new MCAT 

*Each podiatry school has its own set of pre-requisites, and student’s need to research the admission requirements of each school to which they are intending to apply. Search the nine accredited podiatry schools in the U.S.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The MCAT is required for all U.S. podiatry schools. It is about 7.5 hours long and cost $305.

Build an extensive record of relevant experiences

  • Community service – students should have a passion for helping others
  • Volunteer or work – in a medical setting 
  • Shadow a podiatrist – gain knowledge of the podiatry field and confirm if this is your passion
  • Leadership – roles on and off campus 

Podiatric School Information and Beyond

  • A traditional podiatry school program is four years long. The first two years are spent in classroom instruction and laboratory work in basic sciences. The remaining two years include clinical science and patient care. 
  • There is only one podiatry school in Florida:
  • After completion, the students earns a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM).
  • After graduation, students are required to do a three-year residency training program.

Pre-Health Professions Committee (PHPC)

Members of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics and the Department of Biology offer guidance to students and write recommendations through our Pre-Health Professional Committee (PHPC) composed of biology, chemistry, biochemistry and physics faculty.


Pre-professions advising has a dedicated program specialist to help students prepare for professional school in the health sciences. The specialist would like to see all pre-health students early on to ensure they are on the path for success. Please email Jackie Mikulski to schedule an appointment.

Additional Resources:

Explore Health Careers- Podiatry
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
UT Pre-Health Advising Guide PDF