Podiatry, 3+N Program

The seven-year Bachelor of Arts in any College of Science and Technology major and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is a combined program between the College of Science and Technology and the School of Podiatric Medicine. The program is designed for high-achieving students. Students must apply through the Office of Pre-Professional Health Studies.

Students must meet the admissions requirements for early admission to the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. The 3+4 option is only with Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. If interested in applying to other schools, students will need to follow a 4+4 option in order to obtain both a Bachelor's degree and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM).

Contact Information:

College of Science and Technology
Office of Student Services
1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 203
215-204-2890
cstadv@temple.edu

Office of Pre-Professional Health Studies
1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 100
215-204-2513
healthadvising@temple.edu

Guidelines for Completion of the Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Science & Technology

  • Bachelor of Arts candidates in the College of Science and Technology (CST) must complete all requirements for the degree program before entering the School of Podiatric Medicine with the exception of the following:

    1. Biology majors may use up to three of the following first year School of Podiatry Biomedical Studies (PBMS) courses as replacements for Biology electives:

    PBMS P100 Histology as long as the student has not previously earned credit for BIOL 2235;
    PBMS P102 General Anatomy as long as the student has not previously earned credit for BIOL 2233;
    PBMS P104 Neurophysiology as long as the student has not previously earned credit for BIOL 3352 or BIOL 3358;
    PBMS P110 Biochemistry as long as the student has not previously earned credit for BIOL 4375;
    PBMS P111 Physiology as long as the student has not previously earned credit for BIOL 3334.

    2. Chemistry majors may use up to one of the following first year Temple University School of Podiatry courses as replacements for Chemistry electives:

    PBMS P110 Biochemistry as long as the student has not previously earned credit for BIOL 4375 or CHEM 4401.

  • College of Science and Technology students may count up to 33 equivalent credit hours from the first year at the School of Podiatric Medicine as equivalents of upper-level credits in the College of Science and Technology or the College of Liberal Arts.
  • College of Science and Technology students may count up to 33 equivalent credit hours from the first year at the School of Podiatric Medicine to fulfill their general credit hour requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Science and Technology.
  • Appropriate course sequences for majors offered by the College of Science and Technology will be available in the Office of Student Services (1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 203) or Pre-Professional Health Studies (1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 100) and will be shared with prospective and current students. 

Suggested Academic Plan for CST + Podiatry School 3+4 Program

Below is a suggested academic plan. Individual plans will vary based on previous course work, AP credits, performance on University placement tests, and specific undergraduate major. Students who qualify for the 3+4 program will develop an individual academic plan with Pre-Professional Health Studies during their first semester at the University.

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
MATH 1041 or 1941Calculus I4
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I 
Major / General Education / Elective Credits 7
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 1042 or 1942Calculus II4
BIOL 1111 or 1911Introduction to Biology I4
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II 
Honors General Chemical Science II 
Major / General Education / Elective Credits 3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
BIOL 2112 or 2912Introduction to Biology II4
Select one of the following:4
Organic Chemistry I 
Organic Chemistry for Majors I 
Organic Chemistry for Honors I 
Major / General Education / Elective Credits 7
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:4
Organic Chemistry II 
Organic Chemistry for Majors II 
Organic Chemistry for Honors II 
Major / General Education / Elective Credits 11
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
PHYS 2021 or 2921General Physics I4
Major / General Education / Elective Credits 11
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
PHYS 2022 or 2922General Physics II4
Major / General Education / Elective Credits 11
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 90
First Year - Podiatry School
Approximately 33 credits of course work completed during the first year of Podiatry School will be applied to the CST major's total number of earned hours needed for the completion of the degree requirements for graduation. For some majors, course work will count as elective hours in the major; for all others, course work counts as elective hours toward the completion of the minimum of 123 credits for the undergraduate degree. In planning an undergraduate schedule it is essential to consult with an academic advisor.

Students should also complete a Biochemistry prerequisite prior to entering Temple's School of Podiatric Medicine. They may choose from either CHEM 4401 or BIOL 4375. Although it is not a requirement for taking the MCAT, it is recommended that students complete Biochemistry prior to taking the MCAT. In addition, students must also complete an Introduction to Psychology (PSY 1001) AND Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1176) course prior to taking the MCAT.

Students should be aware that some Podiatry schools will accept either MCAT or DAT (Dental Admissions Test) to meet entrance guidelines.

Notes:

  1. Students in the Accelerated Program must have been pre-approved through the Office of Pre-Professional Health Studies (PPHS) and have signed an "Intent to Pursue" form during their first semester. This form must be on file with PPHS.
  2. Because students in an accelerated program must meet both the course requirements for entry to professional school and  the course requirements for their major, it is necessary for these students to consult with an advisor in their major as well as PPHS as early in their academic career as possible. Failure to do so may make completing the required courses in the first 90 hours impossible.
  3. The academic plan presented here is a generic plan; the actual plan will depend on choice of major and number of AP credits applied from high school transcript.
  4. With some exceptions, CST students must complete the requirements for their major within their first 90 hours; course work in the first year of professional school counts as elective hours toward degree completion.
  5. Biology Majors - Some of the course work during the first year of Podiatry School can be counted for Biology electives as well as general electives for degree completion. Certain electives are excluded. Be sure to consult with an academic advisor.
  6. Non Life-Science Majors - In order to complete the required courses in 3 years, majors that do not overlap with pre-medical course requirements, must have AP credit, take an overload, or enroll in summer session classes.