Please note that many of our programs have made exceptions to the application process and admissions requirements due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Additionally, references to in-person campus visits, events, lab work, or classroom interactions should be read in light of current campus health and safety guidelines, which continue to evolve in response to changing conditions. More information can be found on WesternU’s COVID-19 Information page. Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Step 1: Prerequisites and Application Requirement
International Students: We do not require a separate application or fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the prerequisite and application requirements as outlined. If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our International Student Services (ISS) staff are available to help you. Visit the ISS website to learn more.
Step 2: Make Yourself a Competitive Candidate
Admission to the program is competitive, we admit only 50 students, so you should strive to not only meet, but exceed the minimum requirements. To get a feel for the competitiveness of the applicant pool we recommend that you view our Competitive Class Stats page, and read what the admissions committee recommends you do to maximize your candidacy.
Step 3: Preparing and Submitting your Application
Here you will find the instructions to start and complete your application.
There are a number of supporting materials, and it is essential that you give yourself time to have all of them prepared, to ensure that you properly submit your completed application by the deadline.
Prerequisite Courses for the 2021 Entering Class
MINIMUM OF 8 SEMESTER UNITS OR 12 QUARTER UNITS (MUST BE FULL-YEAR COURSE SEQUENCE)
- General Biology with lab – may not be an introductory course
- Organic Chemistry with lab – may not be an introductory course
- General Physics with lab – may not be an introductory course
- General or Inorganic Chemistry with lab – may not be an introductory course
Required: 6 semester or 9 quarter units
- College English/English Composition
- Must be taken from the English Department
- English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are not accepted
- Not required but highly recommended
- Biochemistry, Human Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Zoology & Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Marriage/Family etc.)
- Must be completed at an institutionally accredited U.S. institution (exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis) or its equivalent abroad
- Must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (a grade of “C-” or lower is not acceptable)
- Must be designated for baccalaureate credit by the institution offering the courses
- Must be completed by the spring term prior to matriculation.
- Advanced-placement credit will be considered on a case-by-case basis
- Online labs are NOT accepted – EXCEPTION
- Will not be satisfied by pass/no credit, CLEP or credit for experiential learning – EXCEPTION
- All coursework taken from non-US institutions (including Canada) must be submitted to an approved service for evaluation
Completion of prerequisite courses as outlined
Minimum 90 semester or 135 quarter units of undergraduate coursework
- Must be completed by matriculation at an institutionally accredited U.S. institution.
- Although not required, having earned a BS or BA will likely strengthen your candidacy. The BS or BA may be in any subject.
- MCAT is required.
- Official scores must be submitted via your AACPMAS application and received in Admissions by June 30.
- MCAT scores must not be older than January of 2020.
Verified Podiatric Shadowing Experience or Letter of Recommendation from a Podiatric Physician
We strongly recommend you shadow a DPM, or provide a DPM letter of recommendation, prior to your interview. Failing to do so will place your application on a decision-hold until this requirement is satisfied. If you need assistance, email us and we can refer you to a DPM in your area.
- A letter of recommendation from a podiatric physician.
Methods for submitting Shadowing Verification or Letter of Recommendation:
- Letters by Liaison Portal: Letters may be submitted via the application portal. This is the preferred way to submit letters of recommendation.
- Electronic: Letters may be electronically submitted by the recommender to services such as Interfolio.
- Paper: Letters must be on official letterhead and must be signed by the recommender. Letter must be submitted in a sealed envelope that is signed over the seal by the recommender.
- Email: Shadowing verification may be emailed directly to admissions from the doctor’s office. Letters of recommendation may be attached but must be on official letterhead. Email address must be a business or school email address. Have emails send directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Waiver: While we prefer shadowing verification or a letter of recommendation, a waiver request will be considered when there are extenuating circumstances. Please complete and send a waiver request form to your Admissions Counselor. The form will be reviewed by the admissions committee and your Admissions Counselor will be in touch.
Proof of Legal U.S. Residency – If Required
- Non U.S. citizens must provide proof of legal U.S. residency prior to matriculation.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – If Required
- The TOEFL is required for all applicants submitting coursework from foreign schools.
- A minimum score of 79 for the Internet-Based test must be submitted at the time of application.
- TOEFL scores are valid for two years.
- The online TOEFL will be accepted.
Exceptions: The TOEFL exam will be waived for permanent and temporary residents of the United States who have completed the English prerequisite from an accredited institution in the United States.
English courses taken from foreign countries whose native language is English will be accepted (e.g., Canada, Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand and the British West Indies)