California School of Podiatric Medicine

Samuel Merritt University welcomes the opportunity to help you learn more about our Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Program. Prospective students can use the following methods to obtain information:

CSPM Student

The CSPM Admission Inquiry is an efficient way to let us know what your specific areas of interest are. We endeavor to give prospective students who have a serious interest an ample opportunity to explore questions or concerns about CSPM.

CSPM Enrollment Data

Fall 2014 Entering Class Information:

Applicants: 452Average Overall GPA: 3.32
Accepted: 101Average Science GPA: 3.13
Matriculated: 48Average MCAT: 24

On-Campus Counseling Appointment

Counseling appointment and campus tours are available to prospective students. In order to schedule an appointment, please contact

Andre Singleton, MS
Associate Director - Enrollment & Student Services
or by phone 510-869-6511 extension 4297

The counseling appointment is designed to give you an in-depth look at the CSPM experience. Prospective students are encouraged to bring their most up to date transcripts in order to make efficient use of the appointment. Family members are welcome to accompany you, but much of the visit is exclusively for prospective students.

CSPM Outcomes

APMLE Part I First (July) time pass rate: 78% (3 year average)

APMLE Part I First (July) and Second (October) time pass rate: 92.3% (3 year average)

APMLE Part I First (July) time pass rate of the Class of 2016: 89.4%

APMLE Part II First (January) time pass rate: 84% (3 year average)

APMLE Part II First (January) and Second (February) time pass rate: 93.3%

Graduate Rate: 89.3% (3 year average)

Residency Placement Rate: 100%

Applying for Admission

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application
The DPM program at Samuel Merritt University participates in the Central Application Service of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS). For an application, contact AACPMAS at (application link) or

Customer Service Hours:
Monday - Friday (9:00am - 5:00pm Eastern time) excluding federal holidays

P.O Box 9200
Watertown, MA 02471
Phone: 617-612-2900

The application filing period extends from September 1 through June 30 for the next Fall entering class. Application received prior to April 1st will receive priority consideration, though applications will be accepted after the deadline date on a space-available basis.  For a representative Application/Admission Processing Timeline for fall 2015, please click here

Applicants are considered on a rolling basis, and are notified of the admission decision after all required materials are received and evaluated. Upon acceptance, applicants are required to submit an acceptance deposit of $1,000.00 to ensure a place in the class. The deposit is credited towards the first term tuition. All matriculated students are required to have a physical examination and designated immunizations prior to the beginning of the academic year.

Academic Requirements

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.

Prerequisite Coursework

General Biology with labs8 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 labs8 Units
English / Communication Studies8 Units
Liberal Arts Electives12 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:

TOEFL (U.S. citizens or international students) - The need for TOEFL will be assessed based on information provided by applicants on the application for admission. If required, a score of 100 (Internet Based Test) must be achieved and official score results must be provided. In addition, applicants must take the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

Supporting Documents

The following documents should be from the same academic year as the year that you apply to CSPM. These are to be sent directly to the CSPM Admission Office; all three items are required:

  • 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.
  • Two (2) letters of Recommendation from your college science faculty or a letter from a Pre-Health Advisory Committee.
  • (1) Letter of Recommendation from a Podiatric Physician that you have shadowed.

Please send your official transcripts and letters of recommendation directly to:

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


CSPM also accepts Letters of recommendation from Interfolio.


The Interview

Interviews are offered to applicants who have passed the preliminary screening of the admissions process. Depending on availability, interviews are scheduled on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's by invitation only. The schedule is an intensive, full day designed to give you an in-depth look at the CSPM experience. Applicants are responsible for submitting the appropriate materials including official transcripts, test scores and all letters of recommendation. Family members are welcome to accompany you, but much of the visit is exclusively for interviewing students.

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.

Tuition and Fees

Please see the tuition page for information regarding tuition and fees for the CSPM program at Samuel Merritt University.

Financial Aid

Please visit the Financial Aid section of our website, or contact Tanya Grigg, Director of Financial Aid (510) 869-6276. CSPM has numerous scholarships and loans available.


To learn more about off-campus housing opportunities; please see our Housing brochure. Should have questions about Housing, please contact Dr. Craig Elliott, Assistant VP of Enrollment and Student Services at 510.869.6627 or


Did you know that both the APMA and CPMA provide a link on their website to help you find a local podiatrist?

For nationwide resources, check:

For California resources, check:

If you are interested in connecting with a CSPM alum, please contact Ms. Carla Ross, Director of Alumni Affairs through this webform . We will do our best to put you in contact with a CSPM alum.

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