Natural Sciences

Podiatry/Biology

Collaboration program with New York College of Podiatric Medicine (3:4)
Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine

Overview

In this articulation program, an interested student can complete the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree in seven years rather than eight years. Mount Saint Mary College offers a 3:4 collaboration program in podiatry in conjunction with the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM).

The student completes the core requirements for a bachelor of arts in biology at the Mount in 3 years. After 4 years of professional studies at NYCPM, the student earns a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) degree. After the successful completion of the first year of professional studies, 30 credits of course work will be transferred to the Mount, who will award the student a bachelor of arts in biology.

Podiatry / Biology at the Mount

Opportunities outside of the classroom. You could be a student rep at division meetings, an officer in the biology and chemistry honor societies, or participate with the American Chemical Society student affiliate chapter on campus. Students organize speakers, museum tours, hiking trips, campus activities like faculty vs. student quiz bowl, and science night for elementary school students. 

A strong peer group. Biology majors quickly become a part of the science community at the Mount. Students who have majors within the Division of Natural Science take their math and science classes together and quickly form study groups, supporting one another in their courses. 

Peer tutoring. Science majors work together toward a successful college career as upper-classmen serve as peer tutors, and all students have the opportunity to get help to support their learning efforts. Tutoring can provide you with income, but it will also help you to build your resume and strengthen your knowledge base.

Research. All full time faculty members have PhD degrees in a variety of different fields and can offer you the opportunity to develop a research project which will help you to apply your coursework to real problems. A research project will enhance your knowledge and ability to integrate your learning and will impress graduate schools and future employers. 

Learning science as a process. Many of our laboratory courses use inquiry-based collaborative learning to introduce students to the process of science and give you an idea of what scientific research is all about.

Mentoring. All science students are assigned a full-time faculty advisor to help you explore career options, plan your course schedule and follow your academic progress. New freshmen are assigned a “science sibling” before coming to campus so that they have the opportunity to ask questions of an upperclassman student to student.

Program requirements

The student interested in the 3 + 4 podiatry program spends 3 years at Mount Saint Mary College and 4 years at the New York College of Podiatry. To enroll in the program, the student must fulfill the entrance requirements as listed below.

Student Responsibilities

The student must:

  • maintain a 3.0 grade point average in their undergraduate course work.
  • achieve a grade of B in all science courses.
  • discuss academic progress each semester with their academic advisor.
  • demonstrate an interest in podiatry by spending time in a podiatrist’s office and/or visiting the NYCPM campus and speaking with students or representatives of the college.
  • interested students should visit the NYCPM campus (125th St. in Manhattan) some time during their freshman year.
  • make application to the program by sophomore year.
  • interview with the Pre-professional Advisory Committee and obtain a letter of recommendation.
  • complete a timely and satisfactory formal application.
  • interview with the Admissions Committee of NY College of Podiatry.
  • take the MCAT tests no later than April of their junior year and achieve scores that meet NYCPM’s current minimum. 

After acceptance into the program, the student must:

  • maintain the acceptable grade point average of the college
  • transfer courses completed at NYCPM with a grade of C in the freshman year to MSMC and they will be regarded as fulfilling the senior year requirement for the bachelor's degree in biology at MSMC.

* The student may also prepare for acceptance to any school of podiatry by meeting the student responsibilities as outlined for the pre-professional programs.

Career Options

Podiatry is a health care profession that involves a variety of activities related to patient care. The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) performs surgical procedures that include removal of heel spurs and soft tissue masses as well as bunion and hammer toe corrections. Primary podiatric care usually involves corns, calluses, and ingrown toenail problems. However, the podiatrist also performs physical exams, cultures, blood testing, and urinalysis. There are a number of specialty areas related to different clinical problems.

Podiatric medicine relates to treatment of infections and skin conditions of the foot, sprains, and arthritis, early diagnosis of diabetes, and other systemic conditions. Podiatry or Orthopedics is concerned with deformities of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Biomechanical problems can result in specialty areas of sports medicine if related to athletes and pediatrics if related to infants through adolescence. The podiatrist also utilizes radiological analysis to study the structural condition of the foot.

Students who choose this option can easily switch their major to a biology major without any change in course requirements that would keep them from graduating in 4 years.

Career Outlook

The projected 2004-2014 national employment outlook predicts a 25.8% increase in jobs for healthcare practitioners and those in technical occupations. The occupational outlook for New York State from 2004-2014 predicts a 6.4% increase in jobs in podiatry.

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