Podiatrists treat people of all ages needing foot or ankle care. Podiatrists prevent, diagnose, and treat disorders and diseases of the foot and ankle using surgery, medications, and orthotic devices. Podiatrists practice in hospitals, clinics, sports medicine facilities, and long-term care locations.

– Ted Johnson, Finding Your Way to a Career in the Health Professions


Undergraduate requirements (varies by program):

 Biology (2 courses)  BIO 150, BIO 227 or BIO 233
 Biochemistry  CHEM 347
 General chemistry (2 courses)  CHEM 125, CHEM 126 *
 Organic chemistry (2 courses)  CHEM 247/253, CHEM 248/254
 Physics (2 courses)  PHYS 124, PHYS 125
 Calculus (1 course)  MATH 120
 English (2 courses)  Variety of course options

Psychology (PSYCH 125) and mathematics (MATH 120) are recommended.

*St. Olaf General Chemistry options:
  1. CHEM 125 (Fall), CHEM 126 (Spring)
  2. CHEM 121 (Fall), CHEM 123 (Interim), CHEM 126 (Spring)
  3. CH/BI 125 (Fall), CH/BI 126 (Interim), CH/BI 127 (Spring, also counts as a semester of General Biology)
Be sure to check the admission requirements for the specific programs you will be applying to!


Experience as a volunteer or shadowing in podiatry is desired. Usually one recommendation letter is required from a podiatrist. A mentor network is available.

Entrance exam:

Most programs prefer the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Some schools allow use of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Dental Admission Test (DAT).

General application:

AACPMAS – Costs $160 for the first school and $35 for each additional school.

Podiatric programs are four years in duration.


Campus contact:

  • Kevin Crisp, Biology Department
    • Extension: 3981
    • Office: Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences 220

Professional organizations:

The American Association of Coleges of Podiatric Medicine recently released an updated, digital copy of the College Information Booklet. The College Information Booklet is the premier source of information about podiatry and the nine schools and colleges of podiatric medicine.

Student organization:

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