Podiatric medicine is a branch of medicine devoted to the foot, ankle, and lower extremities. A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is a medical professional who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Doctors of podiatry may perform surgery, complete medical histories, perform physical examinations, prescribe medications, set broken bones, treat sports-related injuries, and prescribe orthotics.

First Year Advisor

CSET Advising Center

Office: 125 Trafton Center
Phone: 507-389-1521

The minimum requirements for admission to a college of podiatric medicine and surgery are the same as for osteopathic medicine and surgery. A minimum of 90 semester hours is required for admission; however, most students admitted to a college of podiatric medicine and surgery have completed undergraduate degrees. Students interested in podiatric medicine will find that majoring in Biomedical Sciences or Biochemistry will provide them with appropriate undergraduate training. The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required for all applicants to podiatric medicine and surgery colleges. Students in this Advising Track should regularly consult with their advisor.

Required General Education (12-15 credits):

  • ENG 101 - English Composition (4)
  • ENG 201W - Intermediate Writing (4)
Recommended Support Courses (4-7 credits)*:
  • MATH 112 - College Algebra (4) and
    MATH 113 - Trigonometry (3) or
    MATH 115 - Pre-Calculus (4)
Required for Advising Track (35 credits):
  • BIOL 105 - General Biology I (4)
  • BIOL 106 - General Biology II (4)
  • CHEM 201 - General Chemistry I (5)
  • CHEM 202 - General Chemistry II (5)
  • CHEM 322 - Organic Chemistry II (3)
  • CHEM 323 - Supplemental Organic Functional Group Chemistry (1)
  • PHYS 211 - Principles of Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 212 - Principles of Physics II (4)
Required Electives (40-43 credits):
  • Electives are required to yield a total of 90-semester credits.

*There are no requirements for math in this Advising Track, however, the student needs prerequisites in math to take courses in chemistry and physics.