Pre-podiatry is an undergraduate curricular focus for students who plan to enter a professional program leading to the degree of doctor of podiatric medicine. To be a competitive pre‑podiatry student, you should:
- Communicate frequently with your pre‑podiatry advisor
- Maintain a QPA of 3.2 or better
- Performed well on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
- Complete internships in podiatric settings
- Demonstrate leadership and community or human service
- Show a willingness to volunteer
- Plan a strategy early in your college career to take the right course sequences
- Prepare to take the MCAT
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.
Students are encouraged to participate in internship experiences with practicing podiatrists, visit podiatry programs such as TUSPM and attend on-campus presentations by podiatry school admissions personnel. These opportunities can provide the edge you need to be successful in your chosen field. Studying podiatry allows you to meet your goals and eventually practice medicine.
The average salary for podiatrists in PA is $73,000.
The basic course prerequisites for the seven podiatry schools in the United States are:
- 8 credits of biology
- 16 credits of chemistry
- 8 credits of physics
- 6 credits of English
The biology-health professions curriculum enables you to schedule the required coursework to enter a podiatry program along with other courses you need to earn your bachelor's degree. Podiatry schools expect non‑science majors to perform very well in science courses. A broad selection of courses is available within the biology and chemistry disciplines, and pre‑podiatry students are encouraged to include some of the following courses among their electives:
- Human physiology
- Cell biology
- Pathogenic microbiology
Practicing professionals and podiatric school admissions personnel are routinely invited to speak to the Health Sciences Club. Additionally, the diverse health professional interests of Ship's students and the variety of health professionals invited to speak at the university expose pre‑podiatry students to other areas of the health care field.