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Curriculum

The College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery prepares podiatric medical students through an integrated program of didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences in hospitals and ambulatory care facilities. Our student outcomes are evidence of our strong curriculum.

Curriculum Strengths

  • During the first two years, you receive a core of basic health science instruction based on a systems curriculum that reflects the interrelationship and interdependence of body systems.
  • Basic sciences such as anatomy, microbiology and biochemistry are taught as they apply to the specific system under study. Clinical correlations relate each system to the podiatric medical practice.
  • The basic science courses for podiatric medical students are the same as for students in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program.   Students also take the same exams and are held to same standards which further promotes interdisciplinary professional education.
  • Additional courses address functional anatomy of the lower extremity, and courses in each of the body systems are adapted to the special needs of preparing you for a career in podiatric medicine.
  • Problem-based learning (PBL) using the principles of evidence-based medicine is an innovative aspect of the curriculum. This capstone approach to student learning has been a key teaching method for the College promoting life-long learning. During the third year, you are part of a group of a group of students assigned to a clinician for four-week rotations. You solve actual or simulated clinical problems. Concurrently you complete clinical rotations.
  • In addition to developing problem-solving skills during this portion of the curriculum, you fulfill objectives in podiatric medicine, surgery, orthopedics and radiology.

Typical Course Schedule

DPM Course Schedule

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First Year

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ANAT 1101AGross Anatomy4.0
ANAT 1101BGross Anatomy2.5
ANAT 1104Neuroanatomy2.0
BIOC 1102Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics4.5
HIST 1106Medical Cell and Tissue Biology3.0
HLTH 1107AClinical Medicine2.0
HLTH 1107BClinical Medicine1.5
MICR 1103Microbiology and Immunology6.0
OSTE 1122Geriatrics2.5
PATH 1109General Pathology2.5
PHYS 1116Medical Physiology6.5
POD 1223Principles and Practice of Podiatric Medicine2.0

Second Year

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ANAT 2211Lower Limb Anatomy3.0
PHARM 2115Medical Pharmacology5.5
POD 2204Cultural Competency in Medicine1.0
POD 2207Clinical Podiatric Medicine and Diagnostics4.0
POD 2210Biomechanics: Normal Structure and Function2.0
POD 2220Clinical Podiatric Biomechanics and Surgery6.5
POD 2237Summer Podiatric Medical and Surgery Rotation4.0
SYST 2201Clinical Skills 1: Cardio/Pulmonary4.0
SYST 2205Clinical Skills 4: Nephrology/GI/Nutrition3.5
SYST 2206Clinical Skills 2: Endocrine/Hematology4.0
SYST 2241Clinical Skills 3: Neurology/Behavioral Medicine3.0
SYST 2244Lower Extremity Dermatology2.0

Third Year

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ACLS 3202Advanced Cardiac Life Support0.5
POD 3205Community Health2.5
POD 3206EBM Diagnostic Imaging1.5
POD 3207Emergency Medicine and Podiatric Trauma2.5
POD 3210Basic Surgical and Medical Skills1.0
POD 3217APodiatric Medicine and Surgery Rotations14.0
POD 3217BPodiatric Medicine and Surgery Rotations14.0
POD 3221EBM Rearfoot Pathology1.5
POD 3224EBM Forefoot Pathology1.5
POD 3225EBM Infectious Disease1.5
POD 3227Emergency Medicine Simulation Rotation1.0
POD 3228Vascular Surgery Rotation2.0
POD 3229Internal Medicine Rotation2.0
POD 3231Community-Based Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Rotation4.0

Fourth Year

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CLPD 4220Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Rotation24.0
CLPD 4221Core Rotation12.0
CLPD 4222Private Practice Rotation4.0
CLPD 4224Medicine Rotation4.0
POD 4217Clinical Skills Assessment1.0