Most podiatrists have taken eight years of university level education (four years for their undergraduate degree followed by another four years of specialized podiatric medical education to obtain their D.P.M.- Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree) before beginning to practice as a podiatrist.
All students entering a College of Podiatric Medicine have a Bachelor of Science or higher degree and must achieve the required results in the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The podiatry curriculum spans four years at an accredited College of Podiatric Medicine in the United States. Students study courses in all basic medical sciences. In the final two years, emphasis is placed on disorders affecting the foot and ankle and their various types of treatment. These courses are coordinated with clinical training in various university teaching hospitals. Upon completion, graduates obtain their "Doctor or Podiatric Medicine" (D.P.M.) degree. Comprehensive Board exams as well as provincial licensing requirements must then be passed before being licensed to practice.
Residencies are all hospital based, and performing a residency is now considered the norm for new graduates. In addition, continuing education courses keep podiatrists up-to-date regarding new developments in podiatric medicine and foot surgery.