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Pre-podiatry could be an ideal path for you if you are interested in a career that offers practice setting variety, the ability to provide immediate patient relief and develop meaningful patient relationships, and a healthy work/life balance. 

If you want to pursue a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), UHSP offers a offers an ideal set of undergraduate coursework that can set you on the path.

Biology I and II with lab (8 credits)

Chemistry I and II with lab (8 credits)

Organic Chemistry I and II with lab (8 credit hours)

Physics I and II with lab (8 credit hours)

English (6 credit hours)

Recommended: Biochemistry, Physiology, Psychology and Sociology

MCAT: Introductory Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Human Physiology, Psychology and Sociology

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Podiatry At a Glance

As the population ages, the need for podiatrists continues to grow. Working in a range of fields from surgery and sports medicine to pediatrics and diabetic care, podiatrists enjoy challenging and exciting heath care careers focused on treating the foot, ankle and structures of the leg. Podiatrists also maintain an average 40–60-hour work week while earning salaries comparable to other medical specialties. 



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Your Pre-Podiatry Journey Starts Here

A number of our undergraduate programs can be adapted to meet the necessary prerequisites for most podiatry programs.

  • Undergraduate

    Biomedical Sciences



    Biomedical Sciences

    The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences program prepares students for futures in a changing world by giving them a strong academic foundation in the sciences as well as the skills required to be successful in a wide variety of health professions careers.

  • Undergraduate

    Exercise Physiology



    Exercise Physiology

    The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology combines the University’s strengths in anatomy, physiology and basic sciences with the exercise sciences to prepare you for success in the career you want.

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