Pre-Podiatric Medicine

Pre-Podiatric Medicine

Central College's strong programs in science, athletic training and exercise science all support preparation for the field of podiatric medicine. Although entrance requirements vary, a strong foundation in the natural and social sciences as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education is considered excellent preparation for podiatry school.

Central students succeed on MCAT entrance exams and in securing acceptance into podiatry schools with help from an on-campus pre-health adviser and academic advisers to ensure that you complete the required courses, complete the required hours of observation, maintain a GPA of 3.6 or higher and take advantage of the many on- and off-campus opportunities for research and professional development. Central’s pre-professional program prepares you to pursue podiatry education in graduate school. With the help of your adviser, you will choose a major that best prepares you for further study.

The Real World


Successful Careers

  • Podiatric surgeon, Cedar Valley Foot & Ankle Center, Cedar Falls
  • Podiatrist, Foot and Ankle Specialist of Iowa, Marion
  • Podiatrist, Northeast Mission Foot Clinic, Kirksville, Mo.
  • Staff podiatrist, Preferred Podiatry Group, Carmel, Ind.


  • Tri-Beta (national biological sciences honor society)
  • Health Professions Club
  • CAAT (athletic training club)
  • SCATE (Students Concerned About The Environment)
Central College student

Graduate Placement

As a well-rounded liberal arts graduate, Central alumni pursue graduate school around the country. Many podiatric medicine students have studied at the Des Moines University Podiatric Medicine Program.


Students interested in the podiatric medicine program are able to shadow local professionals for limited hours. Shadowing opportunities are available across the state including Pella Regional Health Center and Broadlawns Medical Center.

Courses & Faculty

Students may major in any area that fits with personal and professional life goals. Regardless of major choice, students are required to successfully complete a series of courses in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, social sciences and English.

The Central College Career Center provides the following activities to help pre-health students narrow career options: individual appointments to identify career options in the health field, job shadowing opportunities with local professionals or Central alumni, assistance with finding and applying for internships and summer opportunities, help with graduate school applications and much more.

Meet the faculty:

Cathy Haustein, B.A., M.F.A., Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include: analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry instrumental analysis, the extraction of alkaloids from natural products, fluorescence spectroscopy and fiction writing

David Pavlat, B.S., M.S., Ed.D. Associate Professor of Exercise Science, interest areas include: physiology, kinesiology

John Roslien, B.S., M.S. Associate Professor Exercise Science, interest areas include: professional leadership

Jim Shriver, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include: synthetic organic chemistry, molecular engineering and design, supramolecular chemistry and anion binding

The Central Difference

Individualized Attention

Thanks to Central's small class and laboratory section size, faculty can provide each student with individualized attention and the opportunity to develop skills necessary for graduate school. Our faculty members also provide personalized advising that ensures students meet the coursework requirements for graduate school. And to help students get into graduate school, faculty provide letters of recommendation that make a vital difference in the decision process for acceptance into medical programs.

Heartland Global Health Consortium

Central College is a founding member of the Heartland Global Health Consortium whose mission is to establish and expand multidisciplinary educational, research and service opportunities to inspire and equip students to become leaders in global public health. The consortium provides additional opportunities for students to participate in educational, global research and global medical service experiences.

Hands-On Research

Central faculty provide students with many research and professional development opportunities, of which students are encouraged to take full advantage while on campus. Opportunities include undergraduate research and presentations at scientific meetings, internships, shadowing programs, targeted service-learning opportunities related to career goals and much more.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago or Washington, D.C. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.

Learn More

Want to find out more about Pre-Podiatric Medicine at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.