Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Admission Requirements

Podiatry Schools

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants must have all prerequisites courses completed prior to the start of the term. The program at CSPM is a rigorous, medical curriculum and applicants are expected to be of the same caliber as those of applicants to all medical colleges.

Most matriculated students have had a curriculum that includes three or more of the following recommended courses: anatomy, biochemistry, histology, microbiology, and physiology, as well as a spectrum of liberal arts subjects. A combination course such as genetics, embryology, virology, and immunology will also be beneficial.

General Biology with labs 8 Units
General Chemistry with labs
(including content in Inorganic)
8 Units
Organic Chemistry with labs
(A total of 4 semester units of Biochemistry with a lab may be substituted for the second semester of Organic Chemistry)
8 Units
Physics with labs 8 Units
English / Communication Studies 8 Units
Liberal Arts Electives 12 Units

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required of all applicants. Test results are valid for three years. The MCAT is the only acceptable standardized exam considered for admission.  The program at CSPM is a rigorous, medical curriculum and MCAT scores are expected to be of the same caliber as those of applicants to all medical colleges.  More information on the MCAT is available on their website:

Deadline due dates for acceptances or decline of offers will be in compliance with current AACPMAS traffic rules in effect.  Students need to ensure that any MCAT scores submitted to AACPMAS be OFFICIALLY received by the service before any final action can be taken by the school. If the scores are not officially received by the CAS, this may delay any offers of admission that may be made to you.

Supporting Documents

The following documents should be from the same academic year as the year that you apply to CSPM. Unless otherwise indicated or requested during the application process, the following documents should be sent directly through AACPMAS at the time of application. Required documents include:

  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended, including any work in progress.  Final updated official transcripts with "work-in-progress" courses completed will be required once grades are posted. Please send your official transcripts to: 

PO Box 9200
Watertown, MA 02471

The following documents should be sent directly to CSPM Office of Admission:

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from your college science faculty or a letter from a pre-health advisory committee
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a Podiatric Physician that you have shadowed

Please send your letters of recommendation directly to:

CSPM Office of Admission
3100 Telegraph Ave, Suite 1000
Oakland, CA 94609

CSPM also accepts letters of recommendation through Interfolio. Documents from Interfolio should be directed to

The Interview

Students are selected for an interview based upon the content of the application they submit through AACPMAS. Not all candidates who meet minimum qualifications will be granted an interview; neither will every interviewee be granted admission. An on-campus interview is required to be selected for admission. Phone or web interviews are not acceptable.

Interviews are held on most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning in October and going through the following August. The full-day interview consists of an informational presentation about CSPM, Samuel Merritt University, and financial aid and scholarships, a visit to a local podiatric clinic, lunch with current CSPM students, and individual interviews with program faculty. Two to five students will interview each day.

CSPM will continue to interview students for admission until the class is full. After the class is full, interviews will be conducted for spots on the waitlist and possible admission to a future term. In most years, there is significant movement in the summer months that allows us to offer spaces to student on the waitlist.

Students who need disability accommodations may request them by emailing Elisa Laird-Metke at Please give as much notice as you can to allow time to set them up. Further information about the Disability Resource Center can be found here

International Applicants

All international applicants (including Canadian citizens) have special requirements. Please contact the Office of Admission for details. International applicants are strongly encouraged to observe the priority deadline of April 1st; to obtain a student visa can take up to three months.


TOEFL (U.S. citizens or international students) - The need for a TOEFL will be assessed based on information provided by applicants on the application for admission.  If required, a minimum score of 100 (Internet Based Test) must be achieved and official score results must be provided to CSPM.  In addition, applicants must achieve a score of 26 or higher in the speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT.

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