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Podiatry

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A podiatrist is a hands-on health care professional who examines the feet and lower legs of patients ranging from athletes to the elderly, diagnosing, treating and aiding the prevention of disease. Since podiatrists are independent practitioners, not only will you need strong communication skills to be able to educate your patients, but you'll need the charisma and business sense to keep them coming back and to gain the referrals necessary to build your practice.

Degree
DPM

Program Length
4 years

Professional Schools’ Organization
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM)

Application Service
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS)

Academic Admission Requirements
One year each: Biology, Inorganic Chemistry (Chem 1 & 2), Organic Chemistry, Physics, English. Some schools may also require Calculus. Other requirements may be added by specific schools.

Admission Exam
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Recommendation Letters
Letters of recommendation from a pre-health advisor and a practicing podiatrist are required, and may be kept confidential. Some schools may require additional letters of support.