Gain the experience and knowledge you need to be the strongest applicant you can for
A comprehensive career in which you’ll diagnose, treat and prevent issues with the
human foot is closer than you think with UND’s Pre-Podiatry program. Take engaging
and informative classes that will prepare you for podiatry school.
By gaining preliminary knowledge in your undergraduate years, you'll be better suited
for the rigors of podiatry school. Take classes that both interest and engage you
while getting a head start on your career. You'll work with an advisor from the UND
College of Arts & Sciences to develop a plan of study that will prepare you for podiatry
school. Some required prerequisite classes for podiatry school are:
A podiatrist, also known as a podiatric physician or surgeon, provides medical and
surgical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. They will:
Perform surgery involving the lower extremities
Many podiatrists spend most of their time performing surgeries such as foot and ankle
reconstruction, though some specialize in areas such as sports medicine, pediatrics,
and diabetic foot care. Common conditions that a podiatrist may treat include plantar fasciitis, heel spurs,
Achilles tendonitis, ingrown toenails, corns and calluses, flat feet, and bunions.
Podiatrists are trained to use a variety of techniques and tools, including X-rays,
ultrasounds, and laboratory tests.
Pre-Podiatry Program Courses
BIOL 341. Cell Biology. 3 Credits.
Description of processes common to life at the cellular level including: biochemical and structural organization, membrane function, motility, signal transduction, growth, division and genetic regulation of the cell. Prerequisite: BIOL 150, BIOL 150L, BIOL 151, BIOL 151L. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHEM 122. S.
PSYC 111. Introduction to Psychology. 3 Credits.
A survey of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, with consideration of the nature and scope of psychology as a science and a profession. F,S,SS.
CHEM 341. Organic Chemistry I. 3 Credits.
Designed for science and pre-professional students. Structure and bonding, acid-base reactions, nomenclature, stereochemistry, functional groups, alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides and alcohols. Application of spectrometric methods (NMR, IR and MS) for identification of organic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 122 with a grade of C or better and CHEM 122L; or CHEM 254 and CHEM 254L. F,S.
BIMD 302. General Microbiology Lecture. 2 Credits.
An introduction to general microbiology with emphasis on the morphology, classification, and physiology of bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. The significance of microorganisms in consumer product production, waste disposal, the environment, and interaction with humans is discussed. Two hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 150 and CHEM 116 or CHEM 121, with a grade of C or better in both prerequisite courses. S.
BIMD 220. Human Anatomy & Physiology I. 3 Credits.
BIMD 220 (3 credits) and BIMD 221 (3 credits) together are a complete survey of the anatomy and physiology of the major human organ systems and the foundational concepts required to understand them. BIMD 220 covers beginner material on introductory A&P, cells, and tissues, as well as advancing through the skin, skeletal, muscle and nervous organ systems. BIMD 221 is a more advanced study of the endocrine, lymphatic, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Each concept is presented through the lens of a diverse human population and both BIMD 220 and 221 are validated as essential studies special emphasis courses covering "The Diversity of Human Experience" topic. Together the courses are designed to meet field standards using the HAPS learning outcomes and goals. Corequisite: Either BIOL 150 and BIOL 150L or CHEM 116 and CHEM 116L or CHEM 121 and CHEM 121L. F,S.
PHYS 162. Introductory College Physics II. 4 Credits.
An introduction to the principles and concepts of physics with the application of minimal mathematics, sufficient to show the logical progression from one topic to the next. General physics for those who do not plan to take an advanced course in science. Topics: Vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, light and optics. The laboratory is a component of this course. Prerequisite: PHYS 161. S.
Podiatry schools do not require any particular major. Pre-Podiatry students have completed
such majors as: