Shippensburg University has been affiliated with Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM) since 1992. Though most of our students pursue podiatry school after completing a 4‑year undergraduate degree, several have entered Temple's program as “3+4” students. Under this agreement, you can apply to TUSPM early in your junior year if you meet all of the qualifications. If accepted, you'll enter TUSPM after completing your junior year, and credits are transferred back to Ship after completing your first year of podiatry education. Shippensburg will then award you the Bachelor of Science in biology or chemistry.
The university has a consistent record of placing qualified students into podiatric programs. Pre‑podiatry advisors maintain close ties with TUSPM by visiting their program during the summer months to stay current with admissions procedures and standards. They attend conferences for health professions advisors where they meet colleagues from other universities and share ideas. This ensures you'll receive accurate, current and comprehensive information. We give “mock interviews” to our students prior to the time they apply to podiatry programs. This experience provides you with interview practice and gives the Health Professions Committee information about you to write your committee letter of reference to support your application.
Faculty-directed undergraduate research is highly encouraged at Shippensburg, and each year several biology students present the results of their research at regional, state or national conferences.