What you'll learn studying Pre-Podiatry at UW-Platteville
Prepare for the growing field of podiatry with introductory podiatry courses through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Biology. In your podiatry training, you’ll be introduced to tools and methods for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and disorders affecting the human foot and ankle. Podiatrists also treat patients with foot and ankle conditions caused by chronic conditions such as diabetes or obesity.
Our pre-podiatry study program is designed to meet admission requirements for entrance into a School of Podiatric Medicine. Outside of the classroom, you can build on your experience through student clubs and organizations, and conduct undergraduate research to help you build a competitive resume for your advanced schooling application. Plus, we offer a wide variety of campus support programs like STEM Living Learning Communities, mentoring, and others that allow you to create a student experience unique to you and your goals.
After completing your bachelor’s degree, earning a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree will take another four years of study. This will be followed by a three-year Podiatric Medical and Surgical Residency.
Careers in Pre-Podiatry
The majority of students who pursue pre-podiatry coursework intend to continue their studies to become medical doctors in the field of podiatry. However, you could also choose to go into nursing or another field of medicine. Podiatry courses for nurses and doctors teach students to diagnose and treat a variety of foot- and ankle-related conditions, including arthritis, heel spurs, ingrown toenails, and calluses. You’ll learn how to perform physical examinations, as well as review patients’ medical histories and lab tests, X-rays, and other scans in order to determine the cause of a patient’s ailment or injury.
As the population in the U.S. continues to age, it is anticipated that more people will experience foot-related and mobility problems, creating an ongoing need for professionals in the field of podiatry and related health fields.
Discover by doing
In addition to podiatry university courses, you will have numerous opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. You can choose from hands-on learning projects, such as conducting undergraduate research, doing internships, and attending university events, where you can deepen your understanding of the field of podiatry.