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What is Podiatry?

Podiatric medicine is the discipline within the umbrella of medicine that focuses on the proper care and management of the lower extremities.  Doctors utilize medical, physical, and surgical care to properly care for patient’s feet.  Podiatric physicians are trained to utilize leading-edge medical techniques and technology to examine, diagnose, treat, and prevent foot disorders along with early detection measures.  For example, a podiatrist will have the skills and know-how to detect systemic diseases such as circulatory disorders and diabetes that may present itself in a patient’s feet before signs elsewhere.

Podiatric Doctoral Degree

The degree offered by accredited colleges and universities to podiatric students is a doctorate degree known as a DPM.  A DPM degree stands for Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.  Doctorate degrees such as a DPM or PhD are known as terminal degrees as there are no additional degrees beyond the doctoral degree in the field of study.

To begin matriculation at a college or university offering podiatric medicine, it is important to ascertain the school’s accreditation.  Colleges accredited by The Council on Podiatric Medicine Education (CPME) is the professional accreditation body of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recognized by both CHEA and the U.S. Department of Education.  In addition to providing accreditation to colleges and universities, the CPME is responsible for the approval of fellowship programs, residency programs, continuing education programs, and specialty certifying boards.

Earning a DPM will take 4-6 years of full-time matriculation and longer for part-time students based on pace & course load.  DPM programs will vary from school to school but will typically follow a similar format.  The first phase of the program lays an essential scientific foundation laden with key principles of practice.  Classes such as biology, chemistry, anatomy, dermal systems, physiology, endocrine systems, neuroscience, therapeutics, renal systems, pathology, and microbiology lay the framework for long-term success.  These foundational classes help podiatric students understand x-rays, radiographs, charts, diagrams, microscopic elements, and various osseous tissue.

Phase two of the DPM program fuses basic sciences with clinical sciences to study the human organ system.  The case studies and clinical trial examinations emphasizes the relevance of basic science in a clinical setting.  The final phase of a podiatric program will entail extensive clinical rotations.  The hands-on learning is essential to help formulate decision-making skills with medical knowledge and clinical skills.

Education and Schools

Podiatry is a graduate level education that confers onto the student a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree upon completion. Individuals should have a related undergraduate level degree and have performed well on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to be admitted into a program. Individuals will study a variety of topics in order to round out their education and prepare individuals with the knowledge necessary to diagnose and treat ailments.

A curriculum will include:

  • Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology

Individuals will apply to medical schools that offer programs in podiatry. As such, individuals should make certain that the facilities and curriculum offered are current and relevant. Practical experience during education is invaluable, and schools with high ratings in this regard are more desirable. Additionally, schools that have large numbers of graduates defaulting on loans are also less desirable.

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Employment Opportunities

The number of jobs for podiatrists is expected to increase over the next decade as more and more individuals gain access to healthcare, and the aging of the United States population results in pain and other ailments related to the foot and lower leg. Podiatrists are also seeing increased participation in group settings, and as such are becoming more common in the overall treatment and assessment of patient health.

The median annual salary for a podiatrist is $124,830 with the top 25% making $182,420 a year on average and the bottom twenty-five percent averaging $78,130 annually.  Podiatry is estimated to grow at a 14% clip in the coming decade translating to an additional 3,300 jobs during this reporting period.

Common Foot Problems Diagnosed by a Podiatrist

Podiatric physicians are uniquely trained to diagnose an array of common foot and ankle pathologies.  Through the use us x-ray technology, overt signs, associated symptoms, differential diagnosis, and lab tests a podiatrist can help detect, diagnose, and treat a variety of foot and ankle issues.  A list of common foot problems diagnosed by a podiatric physician include the following:

  1. Tendonitis/bursitis
  2. Ulcers
  3. Bacterial infections
  4. Heel Spur syndrome
  5. Nail deformities (Onychomycosis)
  6. Verruca
  7. Stress fracture
  8. Hallux valgus
  9. Degenerative joint disease
  10. Gouty arthritis
  11. Hallux limits
  12. Plantar calluses
  13. Rigid flatfoot
  14. Contracted & deformed lesser digits
  15. Hyperpronation on hindfoot
  16. Hipersupination of hindfoot
  17. Morton's Neuroma
  18. Capsulities of forefoot
  19. Fungal infections
  20. Ankle sprains

Top Paying States for Podiatrists

  1. Hawaii            $273,040
  2. Nebraska        $228,050
  3. Wisconsin      $213,600
  4. Minnesota      $196,500
  5. Arkansas        $190,710

The American Podiatric Medical Association is a professional organization the provides protection and advancement of podiatric interests, as well as maintaining resources that allow for updates and advancements in procedure and education for practicing podiatrists.

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Career Summary: Podiatry Major

MEDIAN SALARY
$124,830.00

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL INCOME AVERAGE
70.30%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT
9,600



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Colleges That Offer Podiatry

Listed below are the most popular schools in the U.S. that may have podiatry programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting online or a state. Popular schools are defined as the most number of graduates as reported by the latest published IPEDS survey.*

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C = Certificate or Award | A = Associate Degree | B = Bachelor's Degree | M = Master's Degree | D = Doctorate Degree (PhD,MD,...)

Kent State University - Kent Campus

Kent, OH |

Kent State University is a public research university, and one of the largest university's in the state of Ohio, comprised of eight campuses. Kent State offers high-quality bachelor's degree programs, as well as innovative graduate studies and research at the master's and doctoral degree levels. The Kent Campus is the university's main location, which offers on-campus housing and state-of-the-art ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,012
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (330) 672-3000

Programs

  • Podiatry (D)
  • Public Health (D)
  • Health Informatics (D)

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

North Chicago, IL |

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, a nonprofit private graduate level institution, is located in North Chicago, Illinois. The enrollment at this school is approximately a thousand students yearly. Fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, this school awards graduate level degrees as a medical and healthcare school. Several specialty schools of ...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (847) 578-3000

Programs

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Podiatry (D)
  • Physical Therapy (D)
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (D)

New York College of Podiatric Medicine

New York, NY |

Located in New York, New York, New York College of Podiatric Medicine is a nonprofit private graduate level school. Enrollment at this school exceeds 350 students annually. The school is accredited by the American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric Medical Education to provide programs as a health sciences school. The podiatry school program has an annual tuition which is approximately ...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (212) 410-8000

Programs

  • Podiatry (D)

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA |

Temple University is a large university with more than 17 schools and colleges.  It is known as a world-class teaching and public research institution, located between New York City and Washington, D.C. Along with University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University, Temple is one of three public research universities in Pennsylvania.  Temple's research programs consistently receive top ranking in ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $15,188
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (215) 204-7000

Programs

  • Pharmacy (M,D)
  • Pharmacy Administration, Policy and Regulatory Affairs (M,D)
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (M,D)
  • Clinical and Industrial Drug Development (M,D)

Barry University

Miami, FL |

Barry University is a nonprofit private institution located in Miami, Florida and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. The school maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Enrollment at Barry University is nearly 9,000 per year. A list of some of the more ...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $28,800
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (800) 756-6000

Programs

  • Podiatry (D)
  • Public Health (D)
  • Occupational Therapy (D)

Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center

Des Moines, IA |

Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center is a nonprofit private graduate school in Des Moines, Iowa. The annual enrollment for the school is about a thousand students. Fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center awards graduate level degrees as a health sciences school. Des Moines ...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (515) 271-1400

Programs

  • Podiatry (D)
  • Public Health (D)
  • Physical Therapy (D)

Samuel Merritt University

Oakland, CA |

Samuel Merritt University (SMU) was founded in 1909 in Oakland, California, as a hospital school of nursing. Offering undergraduate courses in nursing, and graduate programs in nursing, occupational therapy, podiatric medicine, physical therapy and physical assistant, the college is located on the campus of the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland. Pre-nursing training via partnership programs are available at four ...

School Details

  • Type: Healthcare or Nursing School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (510) 869-6511

Programs

  • Podiatry (D)
  • Occupational Therapy (D)
  • Physical Therapy (D)

Western University of Health Sciences

Pomona, CA |

Located in Pomona, California, Western University of Health Sciences is a nonprofit private graduate level school. The enrollment at this school is about 2,900 students per year. Western University of Health Sciences is a greatly respected health sciences school and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. Western University of ...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (909) 623-6116

Programs

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences (D)
  • Podiatry (D)
  • Physical Therapy (D)

Midwestern University - Glendale

Glendale, AZ |

Located in Glendale, Arizona, Midwestern University - Glendale is a nonprofit private graduate institution. The enrollment at this school is nearly 2,500 students annually. Midwestern University - Glendale is a highly respected healthcare and medical school and is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. A number specialty schools of study are operated ...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (623) 572-3200

Programs

  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Podiatry (D)
  • Occupational Therapy (D)
  • Physical Therapy (D)

Notes: The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.