Podiatric medical school

Podiatric Medical School is the term used to designate the institutions which educate students and train them to be podiatrists. In the United States, only schools which are accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) may earn the status of being a Podiatric Medical School. The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree is commonly abbreviated D.P.M. degree. The D.P.M. degree is a prerequisite for an individual to be accepted into a CPME accredited surgical residency.

United States

Podiatric medical education in the United States consists of four (4) years of graduate education with the first two focusing primarily upon the sciences and the last two focusing upon didactic, clinical, and hospital externship experience.[1] After successful completion of these four (4) years of professional education, students are granted a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) degree. A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is considered a physician of the foot and ankle.


In order to enhance the progression from student doctor to competent podiatric surgeon status, graduates are required to complete a three-year residency program before practicing podiatry. [1] Each individual residency program must be approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association. The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine provides a complete list of approved Podiatric Residency Programs.

Accreditation and Governing Bodies

The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine is in charge of governing many aspects of Podiatric Medical Education including a mentor network, a centralized application service for prospective students, the Central Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR), and the Centralized Residency Interview Program (CRIP).[2] In addition, students are represented by the American Podiatric Medical Student's Association.[3] Each school is also accredited by their respective state and/or regional accrediting association.

Schools in United States

There are nine accredited podiatric medical schools in the United States.

The nine podiatric medical schools (all are accredited by the standards established by the CPME) in the U.S. are:

Podiatric Medical School in the United States
Name University Location Founded Website
Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine Midwestern University Glendale, Arizona 2004 [1]
Barry School of Podiatric Medicine Barry University Miami Shores, Florida 1985 [2]
California School of Podiatric Medicine Samuel Merritt University[a] Oakland, California 1914 [3]
Des Moines College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Des Moines University Des Moines, Iowa 1980 [4]
Kent College of Podiatric Medicine Kent State University[b] Independence, Ohio 1916 [5]
New York College of Podiatric Medicine independent New York City 1911 [6]
Temple School of Podiatric Medicine Temple University[c] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1963 [7]
Western College of Podiatric Medicine Western University of Health Sciences Pomona, California 2009 [8]
Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine Rosalind Franklin University[d] North Chicago, Illinois 1912 [9]
  1. ^ Formerly California College of Podiatric Medicine, merged into Samuel Merritt University in 2002
  2. ^ Formerly Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, merged into Kent State University in 2012
  3. ^ Formerly Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, merged into Temple University in 1998
  4. ^ Formerly Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, merged into Rosalind Franklin University in 2001


There is one podiatric medical school in Canada based in Trois-Rivieres (Quebec) leading to the D.P.M. degree. It is not accredited by the CPME in the United States, but its curriculum is based on the standards established by the CPME and is approved and accredited by the Quebec Order of Podiatrists and L'Office des professions du Québec.

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta is currently developing a business plan to establish the second podiatric medical school in Canada by 2012.[4]


  1. ^ "Residencies", AACPM
  2. ^ "About AACPM", AACPM
  3. ^ "Home". American Podiatric Medical Students Association. 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Academic Plan 2007-2012", University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

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