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Pre-Podiatry Application Process


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  • ADVISING | Meet with a pre-health advisor ASAP to map out your plan toward podiatry school admission.  Plan to meet with your pre-health advisor consistently throughout your journey.
  • RESEARCH | Determine which podiatry schools you are interested in. A good place to start is the AACPM  or Step Into Podiatry websites, where you can find information on several podiatry programs and their timelines. 
  • PREREQUISITES | Research each school to understand and begin work as soon as possible on their application requirements including courses, GPA, shadowing, patient care, etc. 
    • It may be a good idea to bookmark the admissions page for each school you are interested in applying to.
    • Don't be afraid to reach out to your schools of interest and ask for clarification of their requirements if you have questions.
  • TIMELINE | Know the application start date and deadlines for each school you are interested in. Application cycles for podiatry programs can vary, but the AACPMAS Centralized Application Service typically opens in August. 
    • Application deadlines vary, and some schools have early decision deadlines or conduct rolling admissions policies. Please plan accordingly and do not wait until the application deadline. 
  • AACPMAS | Familiarize yourself with the AACPMAS application site.  For detailed descriptions of each section, information on fees/fee waivers, and other FAQs, visit the AACPMAS Applicant Help Center.
    • If a podiatry program is not a member of AACPMAS, they will have their own individual application process and procedures.  Please review each program's official admissions website for full details and instructions about their application process.
  • EXPERIENCE | Start early with shadowing, volunteering, and working with patients. Research and strive to exceed the number of hours each program of interest requires.
  • INVOLVEMENT | Be involved in meaningful activities such as research, community service, work, and extracurriculars that are meaningful and unique. Well-rounded applicants are more competitive.
    • Consider being involved in regular community service.  Admissions committees like to see a committment to a specific cause or organization.
    • Quality is usually better than quantity.  Taking on leadership positions and heading initiatives for one organization means more than being somewhat involved in many different clubs and organizations.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS | Determine what types and how many references your schools of interest prefer and begin early building relationships with potential comittee members and letter writers.
    • Most podiatry schools require a committee evaluation.  Your committee will consist of a committee chair (usually your primary advisor) and two other faculty.  To obtain a committee evaluation from WKU, you will need to fill out an Application for Committee Evaluation and submit it to your committee chair.  
    • In the spring one year prior to matriculation into podiatry school, schedule appointments with your committee to interview you about podiatry school.  Two of the three members of your evaluation committee must be members of the WKU Pre-Health Advisory Committee.  After the 3 one-on-one interviews the committee members will assemble, compare notes and the chair will compose the letter of evaluation.  It is highly recommended to assemble your committee and conduct the interviews before leaving for the summer.
    • NOTE: An interview will not be conducted until you have scheduled your MCAT exam. A copy of your reservation must be submitted with your Application for Committee Evaluation. In addition, a letter will not be submitted by the committee until your application has been submitted AND an MCAT score has been received by your committee chair.
  • MCAT | Study for the MCAT at least 6 months prior to attempting the test.  Plan to take the test preferably sometime in the spring a year prior to your matriculation into podiatry school. 
    • It is highly recommended that you register for a test date and site as early as possible because prime test dates and sites will fill up quickly.  Be sure to plan ahead!
  • PERSONAL STATEMENT | Start to write your personal essay months prior to the application in a word document. Be sure to edit it carefully and have peers and faculty review and critique as well.  
  • TRANSCRIPT | Transcripts must be sent to AACPMAS from all institutions you list in the 'Colleges Attended' section of your application, even if the courses later transferred to another institution. Your application cannot be processed until all of your transcripts have been recieved.
  • SUBMIT APPLICATION | Get all material ready a month prior to the application open date, fill it out, double/triple check for errors, and then submit!
    • Plan to apply early in the application cycle, as the AACPMAS verification process may take awhile. Additionally, some programs may have early decision deadlines and/or conduct rolling admissions policies.
  • SECONDARIES | After receipt of materials from AACPMAS, each podiatry school will notify the applicant directly for the need of any additional materials ("secondaries").  Return the secondaries promptly, this shows motivation and genuine interest in that school.
  • INTERVIEW | If chosen, you will be asked to come to campus for an interview (any costs for travel is paid by the applicant).  While a good sign, an interview does not guarantee acceptance.  The interview allows the school to see the person behind the application and how you handle interpersonal situations.  It is a last chance to sell your qualifications.

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 Last Modified 8/28/23