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dan4269

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    I currently have 166 credits with more on the way but I move every two years or so and the school I'm currently at only has about 2 years of credits applying to their school. This means I need another 2 years of school to get a bachelors AND I'm moving again in June which will put me at my 5th college. Honestly, I could care less about the degree and if this next round of shadowing goes as planned then I'm 100% sold on Podiatry and want to get in immediately. Anyone know how bad this will look to admissions? Here's my breakdown

    1. 3.9 transfer GPA, 4.0 GPA after 1st year at this University.
    2. No MCAT yet
    3. Shadowed an OD, DDS, PharmD, MD, DO, and Pod (1-2 weeks per specialty) and will continue shadowing.
    4. Will have around 200+ hours of clinical experience when I apply plus an overseas medical mission I'm going on.
    5. Military for 6 years, tons of leadership experience, awards etc.
    6. Starting undergrad research in the next couple of weeks (as soon as he calls me back -_- lol)
    7. No clubs or school activities.

    TLDR: I know medical schools say that you are able to apply with 90 semester hours but everyone needs the degree in reality. Is podiatry like this?
     

    MaxillofacialMN

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      I currently have 166 credits with more on the way but I move every two years or so and the school I'm currently at only has about 2 years of credits applying to their school. This means I need another 2 years of school to get a bachelors AND I'm moving again in June which will put me at my 5th college. Honestly, I could care less about the degree and if this next round of shadowing goes as planned then I'm 100% sold on Podiatry and want to get in immediately. Anyone know how bad this will look to admissions? Here's my breakdown

      1. 3.9 transfer GPA, 4.0 GPA after 1st year at this University.
      2. No MCAT yet
      3. Shadowed an OD, DDS, PharmD, MD, DO, and Pod (1-2 weeks per specialty) and will continue shadowing.
      4. Will have around 200+ hours of clinical experience when I apply plus an overseas medical mission I'm going on.
      5. Military for 6 years, tons of leadership experience, awards etc.
      6. Starting undergrad research in the next couple of weeks (as soon as he calls me back -_- lol)
      7. No clubs or school activities.

      TLDR: I know medical schools say that you are able to apply with 90 semester hours but everyone needs the degree in reality. Is podiatry like this?

      Get a decent MCAT and you'll be fine!
       

      trinifootdoc

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        I currently have 166 credits with more on the way but I move every two years or so and the school I'm currently at only has about 2 years of credits applying to their school. This means I need another 2 years of school to get a bachelors AND I'm moving again in June which will put me at my 5th college. Honestly, I could care less about the degree and if this next round of shadowing goes as planned then I'm 100% sold on Podiatry and want to get in immediately. Anyone know how bad this will look to admissions? Here's my breakdown

        1. 3.9 transfer GPA, 4.0 GPA after 1st year at this University.
        2. No MCAT yet
        3. Shadowed an OD, DDS, PharmD, MD, DO, and Pod (1-2 weeks per specialty) and will continue shadowing.
        4. Will have around 200+ hours of clinical experience when I apply plus an overseas medical mission I'm going on.
        5. Military for 6 years, tons of leadership experience, awards etc.
        6. Starting undergrad research in the next couple of weeks (as soon as he calls me back -_- lol)
        7. No clubs or school activities.

        TLDR: I know medical schools say that you are able to apply with 90 semester hours but everyone needs the degree in reality. Is podiatry like this?

        I am pretty certain you will need a Bachelor's or higher before you will be allowed to matriculate to any podiatry school. Yes, schools say that you may apply with 90 credits but that is under the presumption that the remainder of the credits for the degree will be completed prior to matriculation.

        Please see the following link: http://www.aacpm.org/html/careerzone/require.asp
         
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          What are you reading??? If 97 percent have a bachelors, what do the other 3 percent have? There is nothing on that page to lead you to think you HAVE to have a bachelors.

          to enter a school or college of podiatric medicine, one must first complete a minimum of three years or 90 semester hours of college credit at an accredited institution

          OP, you most likely have extenuating circumstances. Call the schools and speak with somebody. The admissions offices are your friends. Apply

           

          DrGonz

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            I was just about to quote that air bud ha. I guess he/she doenst read her own info. From first had exp. I got into pod school w/o having a bachelors. I applied for graduation and ended up going to the jan program at nycpm. I did recieve my degree in may from my other school, but i got accepted w/o having a bachelors technically.
             
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