Academic Preparation Overview
To enter a podiatric medical school, you must first complete a minimum of three years or 90 semester hours of college credit at an accredited institution. Over 97% of the students who enter podiatric medical school have a Bachelor’s degree. See the Required and Recommended Courses link to learn which BYU-Idaho courses can meet podiatry school prerequisite requirements.
Podiatry schools do not have a preference regarding your choice of undergraduate major, so study something you love! If you need help choosing a major, please come and see us in Career and Academic Advising.
Required and Recommended Courses
This guide is designed for applying to a range of podiatry schools. It is not a comprehensive list. Requirements may vary by school. See a Health Professions Advisor if you have additional class planning questions.
AP and Community College Credits
Podiatry schools may not accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits earned in high school towards their prerequisites. Students with AP credits in science, math or writing should consider taking the introductory course in that subject area (even if the requirement has been met at BYU-I) or a higher level class in the appropriate subject area. AP credit is acceptable for General Education requirements and other degree requirements.
Grading Policies and GPA Requirements
- GPA—Podiatry schools generally look at three GPAs: Overall GPA, Science GPA, and All Other (Non-Science) GPA.
- Generally, the minimum GPA required for Overall, Science, and all Non-science is 3.0 but may be higher or lower depending on the school.
- To be most competitive, strive to earn at least a 3.4-3.7 GPA.
- Withdrawals —W’s should be used only for emergencies, although W’s will not affect your GPA.
- Repeated/Retaken Courses—All grades from ALL attempts at a class are counted in your GPA when you apply for podiatry school. BYU-Idaho does have a retake policy, but podiatry schools take every grade you earn. For example, if you take CHEM 105 and earn a D, but retake the course and earn an A, both grades will be factored into your GPA for podiatry school admission.
- CLEP Credit & Correspondence Study —Not acceptable as part of the pre-podiatry curriculum
- AP Credits —Generally, students must take coursework beyond introductory classes waived by AP
Preparing for Letters of Recommendation
When it is time to apply to podiatry school, you will need 3-4 letters of recommendation. It is important to keep this in mind as you begin your academic preparation. Your letters should support your application by speaking to things like your academic ability, your commitment to service, leadership, teamwork, reliability, and resilience.
Types of Letters Needed
Academic Letters: 2 Science Professors (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Math)
Mentoring Letters: Podiatrist, Community Service Supervisor, Research Supervisor, etc.
Tips to Get to Know Your Professors/Mentors
- Visit their offices regularly
- Look for mentors, not just letter writers
- Be genuinely interested in those you seek as mentors
- Be humble and gracious
- Ask thoughtful questions
- Share your academic and career goals
- Inquire about their areas of interest and research
- After you have gotten to know professors, ask about further opportunities, e.g., teaching assistantships, individual research projects, etc.