Metro State University of Denver BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT ADVISING HANDOUT
PRE-PODIATRIC MEDICAL INFORMATION
Last updated July 2012
The following is a list of the minimum course requirements for admission to the most most Medical Schools. For the required courses for admission to specific Podiatric Colleges, consult the individual college.
General Chemistry (CHE 1800, 1810, 1850) 2 semesters Organic Chemistry (CHE 3100,3110,3120,3130) 2 semesters General Biology (BIO 1080,1090, 1081,1091) 2 semesters Mathematics (MTH 1110,1120) 2 semesters Physics (PHY 2010,2020,2030,2040) 2 semesters English/(ENG 1010, ENG 1020) 2 semesters Liberal Arts 4 semesters
General Chemistry (CHE 1800, 1810, 1850)
Organic Chemistry (CHE 3100,3110,3120,3130)
General Biology (BIO 1080,1090, 1081,1091)
Mathematics (MTH 1110,1120)
Physics (PHY 2010,2020,2030,2040)
English/(ENG 1010, ENG 1020)
Selection factors: Places are offered to the applicants who appear to be the most highly qualified in terms of intellectual achievement, character, motivation, maturity, and emotional stability. For this assessment, college grades, MCAT /GRE scores, recommendations from college instructors and others, and required personal interviews are used. A wide variety of undergraduate majors are considered acceptable in the selection of applicants. Demonstration of good performance in the prerequisite sciences is needed.
Application: The Podiatric medical colleges use a central application service, which allows you to apply to one, or all, of the colleges by submitting only one application. The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS) collects, computes and collates application data, including transcripts, MCAT scores and GPAs. Application requests should be addressed to AACPMAS; 1350 Piccard Dr., Suite 322; Rockville, MD 20852; 1-800-922-9266. URL for the web-based application is www.e-aacpmas.org/
MCAT/GRE: You should plan on completing the required courses by the end of your Junior year so that you will be prepared to take the MCAT or GRE in the spring of your Junior year. Check with your Podiatric School to see which exam is required. The MCAT is given in April and August. This test is described in "The New MCAT Student Manual," published by the AAMC and is available in the Auraria Book Center; obtain this early in your pre-med career. Test results must be no older than 5 years old. You may take this exam more than once. The application to take the MCAT should be made to MCAT Program Office, 2255 North Dubuque Road, P.O. Box 4056, Iowa City, Iowa 52243. (319) 337-1357. www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm The MCAT includes sections on Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Verbal Readings and a Writing Sample. You MUST prepare for this exam. The MCAT requires one full day of testing and is administered in four sections described below. The first three sections are multiple choice tests which are graded on a 1 (low) - 15 (high) scale with a score of 9 being around the 60% range. The Essay section is graded on a scale of J (low) to T (high) with a score of P being around the 60% range.
a. Physical Sciences - measures the ability to understand basic concepts and solve problems in the areas of physically related chemistry and physics.
b. Biological Sciences - measures the ability to understand basic concepts and solve problems in the area of biology and biologically related chemistry.
c. Verbal Reasoning - measures the ability to understand, evaluate, and apply information and arguments presented in prose texts.
d. Writing Sample - measures skill in developing a central idea; synthesizing concepts and ideas; presenting ideas cohesively and logically; and writing clearly, following accepted practices of grammar, syntax, and punctuation consistent with timed, first-draft composition.
Schools requiring the GRE, typically require the GRE General test plus one of the science subject areas (Biology, Chemistry, Physics). GRE registration information can be obtained by contacting GRE Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000, 1-800-GRE-CALL; http://www.gre.org
For further information about the field of Podiatric
Medicine, contact the American Podiatric Medical Association at http://www.apma.org/ For a list of Podiatric Colleges, contact http://www.apma.org/Members/Education/CPMEAccreditation/PodiatricMedicalColleges/100.aspx
For further information about the field of Podiatric Medicine, contact the American Podiatric Medical Association at http://www.apma.org/
For a list of Podiatric Colleges, contact http://www.apma.org/Members/Education/CPMEAccreditation/PodiatricMedicalColleges/100.aspx