Podiatric physicians are doctors and surgeons who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the foot and ankle. Podiatrists can specialize in areas such as surgery, orthopedics, radiology, or sports medicine. The undergraduate course requirements are similar to those for medical school. The average GPA of admitted students is 3.2. West Virginia does not have a podiatry school.

See the Occupational Outlook Handbook: Podiatry. Also, see the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM).


The courses listed below are general suggestions. Check the professional school of your choice to see specific admission requirements.

Minimum Science Coursework

  • Principles of Biology I and II (BSC 120 and 121)
  • Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs (CHM 211, 212, 217, and 218)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II and Organic Lab (CHM 355, 356, and 361)
  • Biochemistry (CHM 365)
  • General Physics I and II and labs (PHY 201, 202, 203 and 204)
  • Mathematics to meet prerequisite requirements for the science courses listed above

General Education Coursework

  • English Composition I and II (ENG 101 and 201)
  • Social and Behavioral Science: General Psychology (PSY 201) and Introductory Sociology (SOC 200)
  • Follow catalog for degree requirements B.S. or B.A.

Academic Common Market

Since there are no podiatry schools in West Virginia the Higher Education Policy Commission has established contracts with institutions to accept West Virginia students. For the most current information on which institutions, contact the Southern Regional Education Board or the West Virginia’s Higher Education Policy Commission Academic Common Market Coordinator for details.