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ADMISSION TO NYCPM

Dean of Enrollment Management Lisa K. Lee, M.A.
Associate Director of Student Services and Enrollment Management Pamela Adrian, M.S.

Assistant Director of Enrollment Management

Whitney Smith, M.Ed.
Student Housing Coordinator Milton Ousland, M.P.A.

General Admissions Policies
The New York College of Podiatric Medicine seeks to recruit and select highly motivated students who are qualified to enter into the study of podiatric medicine by virtue of prior academic achievement, and evidence of aptitude to pursue a health profession and more specifically of the desire to study podiatric medicine. Moreover, we seek students whose attitudes and motivation are consistent with dedication of one’s life to the service of humanity. Selection for admission is made without regard to race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, religion, color, handicap, age or national origin.

Admission Requirements
In addition to appropriate general education, candidates for admission must also have completed specific prerequisite course work, which enables students to understand and apply the scientific concepts and skills with which a modern Doctor of Podiatric Medicine must work. The most satisfactory pre-professional preparation is completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college. The Admissions Committee has no preference as to the major field of undergraduate study. We strongly recommend students complete courses in upper level sciences such as Biochemistry to better prepare for the pre-clinical curriculum.

Specific Admission Requirements for All Candidates
1. All candidates for admission must have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours) of undergraduate study, including one academic year of each of the following prerequisite courses, with no grade lower than C-:
·  Biology (lecture & lab)
·  General Chemistry (lecture & lab)
·  Organic Chemistry (lecture & lab)
·  Physics (lecture & lab)
·  English

The profile of the average incoming first year student includes a 3.3 GPA and an overall MCAT score of 23. To be most competitive, you should possess a science and overall GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. It is recommended that candidates with less than a 2.75 grade point average consult the Office of Admissions prior to applying.
2. All candidates must have taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) during the year that they are applying or within the prior three years, and have achieved competitive scores.
3. All candidates must have obtained three letters of recommendation or pre-health committee evaluation.
4. All candidates must be able to speak, write and comprehend English. Those from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate these abilities as described below.
5. All candidates must meet certain professional and technical standards, which include physical, intellectual and behavioral attributes essential to successful completion of the course of study and to successful pursuit of the profession of podiatric medicine.

Application Procedures
Note: NYCPM participates in the centralized processing service of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS).

All applicants for admission must do the following:
1. Complete and submit an application online at www.e-aacpmas.org or use the printable version from www.aacpm.org/apply/apply.asp and submit to AACPMAS per their online instructions, and submit the applicable fee to AACPMAS.
2. Request final official transcripts of all prior postsecondary study directly from the registrar(s) of the institution(s) attended to AACPMAS.   Prior to matriculation, admitted students must submit their final transcript with degree conferred directly to NYCPM.
3. Release official score reports from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to AACPMAS. 
4. Request three letters of recommendation or pre-health committee evaluation to be sent to NYCPM via mail or Interfolio.
5. Upon invitation, attend an admissions interview. The interview visit will also serve as an opportunity to tour the College and Clinic and meet with faculty and students.

All hard copy materials must be submitted to the following address:

      New York College of Podiatric Medicine
      Office of Admissions
      53 East 124th Street
      New York, NY 10035

The application deadline for the September class is June 30th.

All applicants for the January admission (see “January Entering Class” below) must do the following:
1. Follow instructions #1 through #5 above.
2. It is advisable to apply before November 15 to ensure fullest consideration for admission and scholarship review.

Applicants are welcome to contact the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management with any questions at 800.526.6966/212.410.8032 or via e-mail at enrollment@nycpm.edu.

NOTE
Unofficial copies of supporting documents (e.g., transcripts, MCAT scores, recommendations) may be submitted in hard copy or electronically (e-mail or FAX) for initial consultation; however, all must subsequently be replaced by official hard copy documents.

Academic Pre-professional Requirements for International Students
Academic pre-professional requirements for international students are equivalent to those for American students, taking into account the differences among higher education systems in various countries. Equivalency is determined via evaluation by World Education Services or other acceptable agency, and certified translation of credentials not originally in English.

Additional Procedures for International Students
International applicants must additionally (1) submit certified course-by-course evaluation of foreign credentials by World Education Services or other acceptable agency (as well as English translation of credentials if not originally in English), and
(2) demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak and understand English. Nonimmigrant applicants must also submit proof of eligible immigration status and financial ability as described under “Legal Requirements for Enrollment.”

Requirements for Transfer Students from U.S. Podiatric or Medical Schools
To be considered for any transfer credit for course work (didactic or clinical clerkships) completed within the last five years at other U.S. podiatric or medical schools, applicants must:
1. Meet the pre-professional admission standards that apply to applicants to the first year class, and present a letter of good standing from the Dean, if currently enrolled, or verification (from Dean or Registrar) of eligibility to continue studies at the time of withdrawal.
2. Have completed all prior professional school (podiatric or medical school) study with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Eligibility for transfer credit is based strictly on course equivalency determined by NYCPM and may or may not result in eligibility for any advanced standing (placement beyond first semester). Any possible advanced standing is determined on a case-by-case basis depending upon the transferable credit presented and the time of transfer. Prospective transfer students should contact NYCPM well in advance for assistance in determining the best point in their current program at which to seek transfer.

To be considered for admission to third year, with transfer credit for the first two years of study, students must:
1. Have met the standards listed above;
2. Have completed the equivalent of the full first two years of the DPM program as given at NYCPM, with a B (3.0) average. Additional information such as course syllabi may be required in order to determine equivalency. Qualifying examinations may be required to confirm the necessary competencies. All determinations of advanced standing are made on a case-by-case basis.

Transfer students admitted are subject to all academic standards for the class into which they are admitted. Those admitted to third year must pass Part I of the NBPME (National Board) Examination as well as the comprehensive clinical assessment to qualify for promotion to senior year.

Additional Procedures for Transfer Applicants from U.S. Podiatric or Medical Schools

Transfer Applicants from U.S. podiatric or medical schools must
1. Complete and submit the NYCPM Application for Transfer/Advanced Standing, together with the $50.00 application fee (download the form at www.nycpm.edu);
2. Mail the application and all supporting documents to the address on the preceding page;
3. Supply a Dean's Letter of satisfactory standing from the professional school previously attended.
Those accepted for transfer will be evaluated relative to the NYCPM curriculum and informed of the results prior to matriculation.
Transfer students are provided with a program of courses at NYCPM which, in combination with transfer credits granted, will complete all NYCPM requirements for the D.P.M. degree.

NOTE
·  Only credit for coursework, not grades, will be posted to the NYCPM transcript, regardless of the school attended prior to enrollment at NYCPM.
·  All students granted advanced standing, whether transfers or international medical school graduates must attend a minimum of the final two years of full-time study at NYCPM in order to satisfy requirements for the D.P.M. degree

Requirements for International Medical School Graduates Seeking Advanced Standing
Applicants who have earned a degree from a World Health Organization (WHO)-recognized international medical school and passed the USMLE Step I and Step II within the past three years are eligible to be considered for advanced standing (placement ahead in the program) at NYCPM, and must request consideration for advanced standing at the time of application. Once eligibility has been established, the applicant will be reviewed for consideration for advanced standing by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis. Please note additional application procedures.

Note: All students granted advanced standing, whether transfers or international medical school graduates, must attend a minimum of the final two years of full-time study at NYCPM in order to satisfy requirements for the D.P.M. degree.

Additional Procedures for Applicants from International Medical Schools Seeking Advanced Standing
Graduates of World Health Organization (WHO)-recognized international medical schools, who have passed the USMLE Step I within the past three years, and are seeking admission to advanced standing, must (1) submit a written request for advanced standing at the time of application, (2) supply official USMLE score reports, (3) supply a certified course-by-course evaluation of the applicant's higher educational record including evaluation of medical and other specialty degrees, and (4) submit evidence of satisfactory immigration status and financial resources. Such requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants who have earned a degree from an international medical school but who have not taken or passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 as well as applicants who attended but did not earn a degree from an international medical school are only eligible to apply to enter NYCPM as first year students.

Applicants from International Podiatry Schools
Applicants who are graduates of podiatry schools in other countries will be considered for admission to the first year at NYCPM on a case-by-case basis. The applicant's level of education, podiatry curriculum and grades will all be considered in reaching a decision on admission.

Requirements for Transfer Credit for Applicants who have Earned a Doctoral Degree
To be considered for transfer credit for courses completed with a grade of B or higher applicants holding a doctoral degree in a discipline corresponding to specific subject matter in the NYCPM curriculum must meet the same standards for admission that are required of applicants to the first year class. If accepted, any transfer credit awarded will be determined by the appropriate Dean in consultation with the Admissions Committee. Additional material such as course syllabi may be requested to determine eligibility for transfer credit.

Language Requirements for International Students
Students whose original language is not English must prove the ability to read, write and speak English, and to understand spoken English. These abilities are demonstrated by submitting a satisfactory score report for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), completing the required application essay and completing an admissions interview conducted in English.

Non-discriminatory Policy on Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Applicants are not asked about disabilities requiring accommodations prior to selection, in order that such disabilities remain unknown to the Admissions Committee. The College’s policy of non-discrimination does not contradict the existence of professional and technical standards (an example would be blindness—a podiatric student must have sufficient visual acuity to observe anatomical detail, read X-rays and perform surgical procedures).

January Entering Class
NYCPM offers the opportunity for applicants to be considered for a January entering class. At present, those students entering in January will enroll in a 4½-year program starting with a decelerated 2½-year pre-clinical program. The second term for students in this program occurs during the summer following the January term, and in their third term they join a September entering class but with a modified schedule extending into sophomore year. Tuition and fees are prorated for the January entering class to remain consistent with those for all other full-time students.

Students admitted to the January entering class are subject to academic standards appropriate to the course load for each term, as detailed in the Student Handbook. Successful compliance with these standards is necessary in order to remain in the January program.

Selection of Students
It is the responsibility of the Admissions Committee to select candidates for podiatric medical education. The Admissions Committee is composed of representative members of the pre-clinical and clinical faculty and the Associate Dean of Admissions. Because there are far more applicants than openings, admission is selective and interview is by invitation only. Admission decisions are based on prior academic achievement, community and leadership activities, letters of reference and personal interview. As a result of this process, our retention rate (percentage of students completing the program) is nearly 90%.

Misrepresentation in, or omission of, credentials and information submitted in the application process, will constitute grounds for rejection for admission, or, if discovered after admission, grounds for rescission of admission retroactive to the date of admission. Examples of information misrepresented or omitted would include criminal convictions, incomplete academic history (or altered records), or failure to meet professional and technical standards.

Applicants are welcome to contact the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management with any questions at 800.526.6966/212.410.8032 or via e-mail at enrollment@nycpm.edu.



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