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Pre-Podiatry pathway

Pre-Podiatry PathwayPre-health advising

You are encouraged to meet with a pre-health advisor at least once a semester to discuss options for careers in medicine, opportunities to gain relevant experience, the best time to apply, preparation for the MCAT, the AACPMAS application, and much more. For more information, schedule an appointment with your advisor.

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Four-year plan

College year 1


  • Maintain a strong GPA and focus on coursework. To be competitive, students typically maintain a 3.7 science and overall GPA.
  • Make an appointment with a pre-health advisor to introduce yourself and attend the ASU Pre-Health Fair.
  • Begin to get involved with clubs and student organizations.
  • Begin volunteering, gaining clinical experience, and inquiring about shadowing opportunities.

Involvement (Clubs and student organizations)


College year 2


  • While maintaining a high GPA, look into opportunities for research and clinical experience.
  • Gain clinical experience from a practicing DPM.
  • Build relationships with professors and podiatric physicians, as they may become letter writers.
  • Attend pre-health meetings, events, and the ASU Pre-Health Fair.
  • Begin to look into preparing for the MCAT (Studying and Registration). 
  • Meet with your pre-health advisor. 

Clinical experience

Leadership and community service 

Explore schools

Grade point average

College year 3


  • Maintain a high GPA and stay involved with campus clubs/ organizations, volunteer opportunities, and clinical experience.
  • Calculate your science and overall GPA to determine your competitiveness.
  • Begin an internship and start prepping for the MCAT (take the MCAT by spring of Junior year).
  • Apply through AACPMAS one year prior to when you plan to matriculate. The AACPMAS will begin to accept and verify applications on the first Wednesday in August. It is important that you are aware of deadlines and complete the application in a timely matter.    

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)   


Personal statement

  • 4,500 Characters length.
  • The statement gives you the opportunity to state why you want to become a podiatric physician.
  • Your personal statement will be sent to all schools that you apply to.
  • Review of personal statement offered by pre-health office.

Letters of recommendation (LOR)  

  • Identify people who know you well and can firmly comment on your ability as a medical student and future podiatric physician.
  • Ask in advance and give your letter writers sufficient time to complete and submit.
  • Remember to stay in touch with letter writers who you may also ask in the future!
  • Podiatric medical schools will accept electronic letters of recommendations from letter services such as Interfolio or Virtual Evals.

Mock interviews

College year 4


  • Meet with pre-health advisor to prepare for interviews.
  • If waitlisted or rejected, explore post-bac options or consider taking a gap year.

Postbac programs

Special programs