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Pre-Podiatry Application Process

  • Take the MCAT -  preferably sometime in the March through June "window" of the year prior to your matriculation (eg. May 2015 for Fall 2016).  You can register on-line for the desired test date approximately 3 months prior to the date. Test dates can be found on AAMC web site.  It is highly recommended that you register for a test date and site as early as possible. Prime test dates and sites WILL fill up quickly. You must plan ahead! NOTE: Some colleges of podiatric medicine will accept the DAT and/or GRE in lieu of the MCAT. Contact the individual admissions offices for further information.
  • Apply Early - AACPMAS permits applicants to create an account and begin entering information in the first week of August.  Although files may not be reviewed by admissions staff until MCAT scores are received, they will often send the secondary (supplemental) application to you.  You should get your application in by mid September.  By the end of October, schools have already received applications. Do not wait until the application deadline!
  • AACPMAS Centralized Application Service - Go to the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS) Web Site for more details.  AACPMAS verifies the accuracy of the information in the application, reproduces the information and sends it to the schools you indicate.  All 9 podiatry schools utilize AACPMAS.  The charge is $160 for the first school and $50 for each additional school that you apply to.  Application to 5 schools would cost $360.
  • Have transcripts sent to AACPMAS.  AACPMAS begins accepting transcripts in early August.  An official transcript must be sent from the Registrar's Office of every school you attended, even study abroad and summer courses, directly to AACPMAS.  WKU has an online request form at http://www.wku.edu/registrar/transcript_request.php
  • The application includes an essay or "personal statement".  Don't procrastinate writing your essay.  You should begin months before you submit AACPMAS.  Have peers and faculty proofread and criticize. You can also utilize the Writing Center in Cherry Hall.
  • See your advisor about setting up your pre-health evaluation committee. If your advisor is not a member of the Pre-Health Advisory Committee, see Dr. Ken Crawford.
  • Print out a copy of the Application for Committee Evaluation.  Fill it out and make copies for each of your committee members.
  • Schedule appointments with your pre-health committee (your academic advisor and 2 other faculty) 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 (your academic advisor) will compose the letter of evaluation.  It may be a good idea to assemble your committee and conduct the interviews before leaving for the summer.
  • NOTE: An interview will not be conducted with a candidate until the MCAT has been scheduled by the candidate. 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 the student's committee chair.
  • 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.
  • The 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.

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 Last Modified 12/5/18