MacMurray College's Biology Program (pre-health track) can prepare you for podiatry graduate school, where you would study for a doctorate of podiatric medicine. Through rigorous courses in such disciplines as biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and human anatomy and physiology, you are exposed to the knowledge you need to enter the graduate school of your choice.
Undergraduate requirements for podiatry school are variable, so the choice of courses at MacMurray will depend in part on where you plan to go for graduate school. The faculty advisor will assist you in making these decisions.
The process for application to podiatry school is similar to that for medical school. Students take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) in the spring of their junior year. For admission into a school of podiatric medicine, applicants should have a grade point average of at least 3.50 and score well on the MCATs. Podiatry schools also expect students to have internships or other work experience; these opportunities are available at podiatry offices, clinics, hospitals, and care centers in the Jacksonville and Springfield areas.
Podiatry is one of the faster growing professions in the country. The U.S. government projects that the field will grow by nearly 14 percent in the next decade. Podiatrists typically work in offices of podiatry with other podiatrists. Others work in group practices with other physicians or specialists and hospitals and outpatient care centers. The median pay for podiatrists is more than $120,000 per year.