Loyola University Maryland

Pre-Health Program


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The United States has 8 colleges of podiatric medicine and more than 200 teaching hospitals. Podiatric medicine refers to the treatment of the foot, ankle, knee, leg and hip.

If you plan to apply to a college of podiatric medicine, you will need to do the following during your junior year: take the MCAT, obtain strong letters of recommendation, write your personal essay and submit your primary application through the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine's Application Service (AACPMAS).

Most students also interview with Loyola’s Pre-Health Committee, which drafts a committee letter to include with the student's application. Some schools will request a secondary application or an interview before making a final decision.

Undergraduate Course Requirements

All colleges of podiatric medicine require the following undergraduate courses, by credit hour:

  • Biology - 8-12 credit hours
  • Chemistry (General or Inorganic) - 8-12 credit hours
  • Organic Chemistry - 8 credit hours
  • Physics - 8 credit hours
  • English - 6-8 credit hours

Admission Examination (MCAT)

All colleges of podiatric medicine require applicants to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). It is offered from January through September. Please check the AAMC.org site for specific dates. The exam should be taken the year before beginning podiatric school, typically in the junior year. Some colleges also accept the Dental Admission Test (DAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Letters of Recommendation

Colleges of podiatric medicine also require letters of recommendation. Loyola has a Pre-Health Committee, which submits one committee letter based off individual letters from faculty members, physicians you have worked with, or organizations where you have done volunteer or part-time work. It is important to provide the Committee with recommendations from both science and non-science professors who can address your ability to read, write, support your ideas, logically draw conclusions and organize your work.

The Application

All colleges of podiatric medicine use a central application service, called the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medine's Application Service (AACPMAS). This service does not make admission decisions. Their only responsibility is to process, duplicate and send your application, admission test scores and transcripts to the schools to which you apply.

The application must be completed the year prior to beginning podiatry school, typically in the junior year. You must provide your demographic information, submit transcripts, pay the fee, write a personal statement and choose the colleges of podiatric medicine to which you want to apply.

Volunteer or Part-Time Work

It is recommended that you strengthen your application by listing any volunteer or part-time work. Some ideas are to observe a podiatrist; volunteer at a hospital or medical clinic; participate in a community activity such as Habitat for Humanity or serve as a committee member on a local club or student organization. Participating in research during the summer is also great exposure and can help you gain valuable experience.


Some colleges of podiatric medicine interview applicants. Characteristics that interviewers most commonly assess are evidence of extracurricular activities; communication skills; empathy and concern for others; social awareness and self-awareness; and judgment and problem-solving abilities. View information about how to prepare for the interview.