About the Podiatry Pre-Professional 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. Majoring in Pre-Podiatry at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will prepare you for higher education in the field.


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 health science students:

  • Smaller class size
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Laboratory experiences
  • Opportunities for student research
  • Strong science preparation
  • Academic advising
  • 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 Physicians and Surgeons:   $127,740 per year


Data based on cumulative placement data for the last 2 years

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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