Podiatry is a smaller specialty field within healthcare. The profession is expected to grow at an average rate over the next ten years.

Podiatrists, also known as doctors of podiatric medicine, diagnose and treat disorders, diseases, and injuries of the foot and lower leg to keep this part of the body working properly. Podiatrists may prescribe drugs, order physical therapy, set fractures and perform surgery as a routine part of their practice. Most podiatrists are in general practice; some specialize in surgery, orthopedics, primary care or public health. Podiatry school takes approximately four years of additional study and training after four years of college. At the end, students earn the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree.

There are only ten accredited schools of podiatry in the United States, and it is very competitive to get accepted for one of the very few open seats. Students should work with the Pre-Podiatry advisor starting in freshman year to ensure that they are completing the right milestones to make themselves an attractive applicant to podiatry school. It is important to understand which classes podiatry schools expect students to take during college and what types of work experience podiatry schools expect students to have before leaving college.

Pre-Podiatry is not a major, and students must still choose a major. Since most of the prerequisites necessary for application to podiatry school are in the sciences, many students choose a science major, though it is not required. Biology or biochemistry are popular choices as a major to prepare for podiatry school. Our Pre-Podiatry advisor works with students to ensure they understand all of the milestones that must be met at UWM in order to be a competitive applicant to podiatry school.


UWM offers a special admission track to the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. Students who successfully complete admission requirements are offered early review and preferential admission to the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) program. In some instances, students may enter the DPM program after only three years of undergraduate study and transfer their first year of the DPM program back to UWM to complete their Bachelor’s degree. Students who elect to follow a more traditional four-year plan are still given preferential admissions status.

In addition to the suggested coursework below, it is recommended that students take a few additional upper-level social/behavioral science courses.

Suggested Classes

Foundations of Biological Sciences I
and Foundations of Biological Sciences II
CHEM 102
CHEM 104
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
CHEM 343Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 344Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 345Organic Chemistry3
General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
and General Physics Laboratory I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
General Physics II (Non-Calculus Treatment)
and General Physics Laboratory II (Non-Calculus Treatment)
ENGLISH 101Introduction to College Writing3
ENGLISH 102College Writing and Research3
COMMUN 103Public Speaking3
PSYCH 101Introduction to Psychology3
Total Credits48