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

Biological Sciences


Podiatry is a profession dedicated to the complete care of the feet. Most Doctors of Podiatry, or podiatrists, treat many types of foot problems, but some specialize in foot surgery or other treatments for congenital defects, diseases and injuries of the bones and joints of the foot. A podiatrist can also specialize in podopediatrics (foot ailments of children) or in podogeriatrics (foot ailments of the elderly). Like other health professionals, podiatrists are responsible for referring patients to other practitioners (usually physicians) when foot problems are symptoms of other health disorders, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Students interested in podiatry should obtain their B.S., although the New York College of Podiatric Medicine does accept mature and well qualified students after the completion of 90 credits. Students who apply to Schools of Podiatry take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) exam. Applications to Schools of Podiatry must be made through the American Association of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS).

Note that applicants have until April 1st of the year in which they wish to enter to apply. Podiatry schools also will accept spring MCAT scores in evaluating students for fall admission.


Gregory Gades
Senior Assistant Dean
St. John Hall, Room 145
[email protected]


After your first three years at St. John’s, you receive the B.S. in Biology at the end of your first year at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and, at the completion of your studies at the College of Podiatric medicine, your D.P.M.


Career Outcomes

Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. Employment of podiatrists is projected to grow six percent through 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continued growth in the demand for medical and surgical care of the foot and ankle will stem from the aging population. Podiatrists will also be needed to treat patients with foot and ankle conditions caused by chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity.