Podiatrists are physicians who diagnose and treat the feet and ankles. There are nine accredited universities at which they can earn the DPM degree they need to practice.
Schools with Podiatry Programs
These schools have graduate degree programs in podiatry:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-16)|
|Temple University||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Public||Doctoral||$16,144 in-state, $21,832 out-of-state*|
|Barry University||Miami, FL||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$17,820*|
|Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science||North Chicago, IL||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$32,399*|
|Midwestern University||Glendale, AZ||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$40,512*|
|Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center||Des Moines, IA||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$10,410*|
|Western University of Health Sciences||Pomona, CA||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$36,550 (2016-17)**|
|Samuel Merritt University||Oakland, CA||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$40,017*|
|Kent State University||Kent, OH||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$10,864 in-state, $18,380 out-of-state*|
|New York College of Podiatric Medicine||New York, NY||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$34,238 (freshmen, 2016-17)**|
Sources: *National Center for Educational Statistics, **School websites
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School Selection Criteria
Students should consider the following when looking for podiatry schools:
- Students must make sure that the program is accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education
- It is important to find out what the residency placement rate is for graduates of the school.
- Students who want to work in a specific clinical setting, such as an urban hospital or a small-town private practice, may want to find out about the settings in which they will get clinical experience through the school.
- Students may want to find out about the school's facilities in order to ensure that they will have access to the latest medical technologies.
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) Programs
After finishing a bachelor's degree program and completing pre-requisite coursework in the sciences, aspiring podiatrists can enroll in DPM programs. The first two years of podiatry school focus on advanced biomedical coursework; topics covered include anatomy, pharmacology, pathology, microbiology, lower extremity anatomy and orthopedics. During the last two years, students diagnose and treat patients during clinical rotations in hospitals and clinics. After completing the program, students have the educational background they need to complete a three-year residency and pass the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Exam, as well as any state-specific exams that are required for licensure.
When considering DPM programs, aspiring podiatrists should look for schools that are accredited and have high residency placement rates.