Podiatric Medicine BS-DPM
Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences
B.S. in Biology/Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
(with New York College of Podiatric Medicine)
This accelerated, combined degree program provides qualified students the opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) degree in seven years, one year less than the normal span of eight years. The bachelor’s degree (B.S. in biology) is awarded by Fairleigh Dickinson University and the doctoral degree (D.P.M.) by New York College of Podiatric Medicine.
Students are admitted at FDU as incoming freshmen or qualified transfer students. They may apply for the B.S. degree upon successful completion of six semesters at FDU, including the courses listed below, and the first year of study (three semesters) at New York College of Podiatric Medicine. A maximum of 32 credits from New York College of Podiatric Medicine may be transferred toward completion of the B.S. degree at FDU.
Combined Degree Program Requirements
While enrolled at FDU, students are required to follow the accelerated preprofessional curriculum in biology and are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point ratio of 3.25 or higher in all course work and a minimum of C in all science and mathematics courses.
Under the provisions of the prepodiatry program, students matriculate in the School of Natural Sciences of University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies, Metropolitan Campus, or the department of biological and allied health sciences, College at Florham, for a minimum of 96 credits of course work leading to the B.S. in biology (preprofessional option). The curriculum is as follows:
Admission to the Combined Degree Program
High school seniors who satisfy the requirements for admission to the FDU preprofessional program may apply for admission to the combined degree program.
All applicants for admission to the combined degree program must satisfy secondary school preparation in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. The high school grade pointaverage (GPA) and rank in class, along with letters of recommendation from high school teachers, will be of primary importance in evaluating applicants’ credentials. Applicants are required to submit scores in the verbal and mathematical components of the SAT.
After preliminary screening of the applications by the FDU Office of Admissions, qualified applicants will be invited for an interview with the FDU/New York College of Podiatric Medicine Joint Admissions Committee.
Qualifying for Enrollment at New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Qualified students enrolled in the combined degree program will be guaranteed a seat at New York College of Podiatric Medicine for training in podiatry. To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
- Completion of all FDU curriculum requirements, including the general education requirements and the degree program requirements for the major and all prerequisite courses required for admission to New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Students need to obtain a grade of C or higher in required courses;
- A grade point ratio (GPR) of 3.00 or higher;
- Submission of a satisfactory Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score (at least equal to the current minimum) in a timely fashion;
- A satisfactory evaluation in a personal interview;
- At least three letters of evaluation;
- Students currently enrolled at FDU who seek admission to the combined degree program must apply to the School of Natural Sciences, University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies, Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, N.J., or the department of biological and allied health sciences at the College at Florham, Madison, N.J., prior to the completion of 60 credit hours at FDU or at least one year before the anticipated date of matriculation at New York College of Podiatric Medicine; and
- Students enrolled in the combined degree program who decide to complete the B.S. degree at FDU prior to entering New York College of Podiatric Medicine must make this known to their school director or department chair prior to the completion of 60 credits at FDU or at least one year before the anticipated date of matriculation at New York College of Podiatric Medicine.
Dr. Patricia Melloy
Department of Biological & Allied Health Sciences
285 Madison Ave. - M-SB1-01
Madison, NJ 07940