College of Health Sciences

Glendale, AZ Campus

Graduation Requirements (D.P.M.)

Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine

To receive the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.), the student must complete all requirements within six years of matriculation. To be eligible for graduation the student must:

  1. Follow an approved course of study of 231.0 credits leading to the completion of all academic requirements.
  2. Satisfactorily complete all academic requirements with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00.
  3. Repeat and pass any required course for which an F grade has been issued.
  4. Complete the Service Learning requirement (20 hours of volunteer service in a health care environment during the first and second years of study).
  5. Pass Part I and take Part II of the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination including the Clinical Skills Patient Encounter (CSPE), administered by the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.*
  6. Be of good moral character.
  7. Receive a favorable recommendation from the Student Academic Review Committee, and the College of Health Sciences Student Promotion and Graduation Committee.
  8. Be recommended for conferral of the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree by the University Faculty Senate.
  9. Settle all financial accounts with the University.
  10. Complete all graduation clearance requirements as instructed by the Office of the Registrar.

* It is an AZPod requirement that both Part I and Part II of the APMLE exams, including the Clinical Skills Patient Encounter (CSPE) be taken the first time they are offered once the student is eligible to take the exams. Students will not be allowed to start rotations during their third year until they have taken and passed Part I of the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination (APMLE). In addition, students who fail Part I of the APMLE three times may be subject to dismissal. Additionally, the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners requires that the student must pass Part I prior to taking Part II, and must also pass Part II prior to taking Part III.