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Biology/Podiatric Medicine, Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


St. John’s University admits selected academically talented high school seniors as biology majors and, simultaneously, to candidacy for admission to the professional Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) program at New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM). Admission to this accelerated dual degree program may allow you to graduate with both B.S. and D.P.M. degrees in only seven years, rather than the usual eight.

After three years of undergraduate study at St. John’s, you’ll begin study toward the D.P.M. degree at NYCPM. Your first year of D.P.M. coursework will also apply toward your remaining B.S. requirements at SJU. You’ll receive your D.P.M. after completing the full four years at NYCPM.

Through this accelerated dual degree program, you can save one year in tuition, travel, and book costs. You will also receive continuous guidance from both institutions for all seven years of study. Please note that you must submit a separate application to NYCPM and are not guaranteed admission into that program.

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Biological Sciences faculty.


Gregory Gades
Senior Assistant Dean
St. John Hall, Room 145


Requirements for admission to this accelerated dual degree program:

  • Acceptance to St. John’s University as a biology major
  • At least a 3.3 overall GPA
  • At least a 3.3 GPA in math and science prerequisites with no individual grade below a C

Your continued success in the program depends on your continuous satisfaction of these requirements after admission.


Additional Information

You can gain an academic and professional edge by joining St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ honor society chapters.  As a student in this accelerated dual degree program, you may have special interest in the Watson Pre-Health Honor Society and the Roger Bacon Scientific Honors Society. You may also wish to join the American College of Healthcare Executives (Student ACHE), an association for students aspiring to leadership in the healthcare professions.