Podiatrists

About the Pre-Podiatry Program

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Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people suffering foot, ankle and lower leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries, and perform surgery. Podiatrists treat calluses, ingrown toenails, heel spurs and arch problems. They also treat foot and leg problems associated with diabetes and other diseases.

The Pre-Podiatry program at UNK is designed to fulfill the admission requirements at most podiatry schools, but students should check with the specific schools to which they intend to apply to ensure that all requirements are met.

A minimum of 90 semester hours are required for admission at most podiatry schools. However, the majority of students entering podiatry school have a baccalaureate degree. Pre-Podiatry program is intended to be completed concurrently with a bachelor's degree.

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION GUIDE

Responsibilities of a podiatrist:

  • Examines patients’ feet, ankles and lower legs
  • Diagnoses ailments such as ingrown toenails, arch problems or fractures
  • Recommends X-rays and lab tests before identifying a particular ailment
  • Prescribes medications
  • Performs surgical procedures
  • Carries out administrative duties
  • Prescribes orthotics for arch problems

Advantages that UNK has to offer Pre-Podiatry students:

  • Smaller class size with low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Laboratory experiences
  • Opportunities for student research
  • Strong science preparation
  • Academic advising and mentoring
  • Contact with local professionals
  • Extensive health careers course
  • Health science seminar course
  • Application process assistance
  • Shadowing programs
  • Health Science Club
  • Health Careers Fair

Median Pay for Podiatrists: $134,300 per year

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

PLACEMENT IN CLINICAL PROGRAMS AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS

Data based on cumulative placement data for the last 2 years

100% Accepted

100%
Accepted

Patrick Moore

“I liked the size and had family who were alumni.” “What I liked most about the biology department is the professors knew you personally,” Dr. Moore said. He credits his success in his career to his experience at UNK. “The interactions in the classroom and campus would help me succeed in any career, but currently allow better communication with patients, which is critical in their healthcare.”

Patrick Moore

Moore Foot and Ankle Clinic , Kearney, NE

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