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DMU’s College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery will give you the knowledge and experience you need to succeed in the profession. Students and graduates have a proven track record of consistently achieving higher scores than students of other podiatric schools on the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination (APMLE).

The APMLE is administered by the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME) to measure the important knowledge an individual must possess to perform competently as a newly licensed podiatric medical practitioner. Students typically take Part I of the exam after completing the second year of study and Part II near the completion of their final year of study. Part III is a licensing exam designed to determine whether a candidate’s knowledge and clinical skills are adequate for safe practice.

The tables below compare average scores achieved by CPMS students on Parts I and II of the exam with the national average among all podiatric students.

CPMS performance on National Boards and Surgical board qualification exams:

  • The first time pass rate for the July 2012 administration of Part I of the APMLE was 96%, compared to the national first time pass rate of 82%. CPMS students performed well above the national test taking pool in all seven sections of the exam.
  • All members of the CPMS Class of 2013 successfully passed Part I of the APMLE. The first-time pass rate on the July 2011 administration was 98%, compared to the national pass rate of 85%. Following the October 2011 administration, the CPMS pass rate was 100%.
  • All members of the CPMS Class of 2013 successfully passed Part II of the APMLE. The first-time pass rate was 93% and the overall pass rate following the second administration of the exam was 100%
  • The pass rate for the June 2011 administration of Part III of the National Board Exam for CPMS graduates was 100% compared to the national pass rate of 92%.
  • The American Board of Podiatric Surgery released the first-time pass rates for the Foot Surgery Qualification Exam. From 2005-2010 the pass rate for CPMS graduates was 90% compared to 75% for graduates of other colleges of podiatric medicine.

APMLE first time pass rate

Part 1


Part 2