Podiatric Medicine in Glendale
Technical Standards for Admission
Application Process and Deadline
Interview / Selection Process
Frequently Asked Questions about Podiatric Medicine
The Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine (AZPod) considers for admission those students who possess the academic, professional, and personal qualities necessary for development as exemplary podiatric physicians. The School uses multiple criteria to select the most qualified candidates including cumulative grade point average (GPA), science GPA, Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), personal experiences and character, ability to communicate, familiarity with the profession, volunteer and community involvement, research experience, and other considerations. The School uses a competitive rolling admissions process and candidates are encouraged to apply early and take the MCAT no later than March prior to admission. Scores will be accepted only from tests taken less than three years prior to the time of application.
To be considered for admission to AZPod, the successful candidate must submit the following documented evidence:
|Course||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Biology with lab||8||12|
|General/Inorganic Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with lab||8||12|
Grades less than C are not acceptable for any prerequisite courses (grades of C- are not acceptable).
International applicants must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or from a recognized post secondary Canadian institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 hours must be in the sciences, six hours in non-remedial English composition, and three hours in speech/public speaking.
Applicants who wish to receive credit for prerequisite coursework completed outside the US or at a Canadian institution that does not use English as its primary language of instruction and documentation must submit an official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation obtained from one of the following evaluation services:
International applicants who do not provide documentation of acceptable US or Canadian course/degree equivalency will not receive credit, and will be required to complete all prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university in the United States, or at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation.
For clarification about recognized post-secondary institutions in Canada that use English as a primary language of instruction and documentation, international applicants should contact the Midwestern University Office of Admissions.
A candidate for the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in certain of these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.
I. Observation: The candidate must be able to accurately make observations at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and sense of touch and is enhanced by the functional use of all of the other senses.
II. Communication: The candidate must be able to communicate effectively, efficiently, and sensitively in both oral and written form and be able to perceive nonverbal communication.
III. Motor: Candidates must be able to coordinate both gross and fine muscular movements, maintain equilibrium, and have functional use of the senses of touch and vision. The candidate must possess sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control, and eye-to-hand coordination to perform profession-specific skills and tasks.
IV. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: The candidate must be able to problem solve, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, record, and synthesize large amounts of information in a timely manner. The candidate must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand spatial relationships.
V. Behavioral and Social Attributes: The candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the consistent, prompt completion of all responsibilities, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. The candidate must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, effective interpersonal skills, willingness and ability to function as an effective team player, and interest and motivation to learn are all personal qualities required during the educational process.
Candidates are required to certify that they understand and meet these Technical Standards. Candidates must provide such certification prior to matriculation. Candidates who may not meet the Technical Standards must inform the Director of Admissions, who will then contact the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the CHS Dean and AZPod Associate Dean and Director, will identify and discuss what accommodations, if any, the School would need to make that would allow the candidate to complete the curriculum. The School is not able to grant accommodations that alter the educational standards of the curriculum. Students must meet the Technical Standards for the duration of enrollment in their professional program.
Individuals interested in applying for admission to AZPod may apply online through the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) at http://portal.aacpmas.org
To initiate the competitive selection process, applicants must submit the following directly to AACPMAS:
The application deadline for admission to AZPod is June 30th of the year of matriculation.
To be considered for interviews, applicants must meet the admissions requirements listed previously. After the Office of Admissions receives these materials, applicant files are reviewed to determine whether applicants merit interviews based on established criteria of the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Director, with the approval of the AZPod Associate Dean and Director, may also place a large number of students on an interview "wait list", pending possible interview openings toward the end of the interview cycle.
Applicants who accept interviews will join several other interviewees in a meeting with members of a three-person interview panel, which is selected from a volunteer group of basic scientists, clinicians and admissions department officials. Team members question students about their academic, personal, and health care preparedness for podiatric medical school and rate applicants on a standardized evaluation form relative to each of these variables.
At the conclusion of the interviews, the team members forward their evaluation for each student to the Admissions Committee. The Committee may recommend to accept, deny, or to place applicants on the alternate list. Recommendations are then forwarded to the CHS Dean for final approval. The Dean, via the Office of Admissions, typically notifies applicants of their status within one or two weeks of their interviews.
The matriculation process begins after students receive notification of their acceptance. To complete the matriculation process students must:
Students who either fail to satisfy the above matriculation requirements or omit or falsify information required on official admissions documents automatically forfeit their seats in the Program. Any individual accepted for admission to the college/program who does not comply with stated time lines for submission of all required materials receives no further notification from the college regarding forfeiture of their seat.
After receiving either denial or end-of-cycle letters, prospective students may reapply for the next enrollment cycle. Before reapplying, however, the student should seek the advice of an admissions counselor. To initiate the reapplication process, prospective students must complete and submit new applications and proceed through the standard application process.
AZPod may elect to accept transfer students from other U.S. podiatric medical schools as long as these students remain in good academic standing and have an acceptable reason(s) for seeking a transfer. Typically, transfers are only granted to students desiring to transfer in to the third- or fourth-year; however, transfers to the second year may be granted.
To be considered for transfer, a student must meet the School's general requirements for admission. They must also submit:
Following receipt of these materials, the Admissions Committee determines whether the student merits an on-campus interview. Students who receive interview invitations will meet with an interview team. The interview team offers recommendations to the CHS Dean, who approves both the admissions status and class standing of transfer students.
Transfer applications must be received at least three months prior to the desired matriculation date. This allows time for processing of applications, interviews, and student relocations prior to the start of the next academic term.