Application Process

Embarking on the journey to become a podiatrist requires a thoughtful and well-prepared application process. Discover the key steps and requirements to help you navigate the application successfully.

The application process for podiatric medical schools typically involves submitting official MCAT test scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement highlighting your interest in podiatric medicine.

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The application process for podiatric medical schools is a crucial step toward pursuing a career in podiatric medicine. Understanding the requirements and steps involved can help you prepare a strong application. Download the detailed guide to the application process or review a breakdown of the key components here:

Centralized application process

Applicants will complete one application and submit it with all official transcripts to the centralized service that covers 10 of the 11 schools and colleges of podiatric medicine. 

For UTRGV-SOPM, the application is handled by the Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application service at

AACPMAS verifies the application components for accuracy, calculates the applicant’s grade point averages (GPA), and delivers the materials to the podiatric schools and colleges that the applicant designates. 

AACPMAS may take up to 5 weeks to process applications once materials have been received.


AACPMAS begins accepting new applications for admission the first Wednesday in August each year for fall admission the following year. 

Complete and verified applications will be delivered to the designated schools and colleges of podiatric medicine on a daily basis thereafter until the cycle closes. 

Application Deadline: Colleges and schools of podiatric medicine have rolling deadlines so early applications are at an advantage. Applicants should check with each school or college of podiatric medicine for additional information about final deadlines for submitting materials.

Submit Transcripts

Official transcripts from each college attended must be sent directly to: 

AACPMAS Application Service 
P.O. Box 9200 
Watertown, MA 02471 

AACPMAS now accepts transcripts sent electronically from Credentials Solutions.

To see if your school participates with this service please check this link: dvcgitp.pgm?ALUMTROSCHOOL

If your school does participate please follow the link below:

Application Fees

For the 2023-2024 AACPMAS cycle, the fee for the initial application and first designated college is $200. An additional $65 is added for each additional designation.

Applicants can pay the application fee with a credit card once they have e-submitted a completed application. AACPMAS only accepts MasterCard and Visa. Application materials will not be processed until payment is received.

New for the 2023-2024 AACPMAS cycle we are introducing a fee waiver program. Please review the AACPMAS policies for additional information.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation or evaluation will be accepted through AACPMAS via the Letters by Liaison letter service. 

Some colleges of podiatric medicine will accept letters via outside, confidential letter transmission services (e.g. Interfolio). 

Additionally, extraneous materials, (e.g., past achievements, research performed, resumes, diplomas or certificates) can be sent directly to the college(s) designated in the application or brought to the student’s interview.

Standardized Exams

Applicants are required to take the MCAT as part of the admissions entrance requirement. It is recommended that the MCAT is completed no later than spring of the year of admission. All MCAT scores are required to be taken no more than 3 years prior to admission. Scores older than 3 years will not be accepted.

Students should make note of their AAMC ID Number. This information is transmitted to AACPMAS during the application process.

To register for the MCAT and for dates and test site locations, visit: 

To have official MCAT Scores sent to AACPMAS visit: 

Nathanial Primous
School Name: UTRGV-SOPM
Graduation Year: 2026

The path to podiatric medicine is open to everyone, with any background.  Students start at any age, even after years of working in other jobs.  Shadow a mentor to find out if the life of a DPM is right for you