College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

BS in Health Sciences, Pre-Podiatry

The combined Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (BS/DPM) program between the University of Hartford and New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) provides a unique opportunity for students with career goals in podiatry. The accelerated program typically allows for the completion of the BS/DPM degrees in a seven-year period.

About the Major

BS in health sciences pre-podiatry

The BS/DPM program is for the academically outstanding student with strong, realistic motivation toward the podiatric profession. Initial study at the University of Hartford allows you to complete the general education and basic science requirements for the BS in health sciences degree and the prerequisites necessary for professional study.

The BS degree is awarded by the University of Hartford following the successful completion of the first year of graduate study.  Students who are not in the accelerated program typically complete the BS degree in four years at the University of Hartford.

The podiatry program requires four years of combined academic and clinical training leading to the DPM degree, which is a prerequisite for licensure eligibility in the United States. The New York College of Podiatric Medicine provides students with an accredited four-year professional podiatry curriculum.

Admission to the University of Hartford does not guarantee admission to the graduate program. You must complete an application for the graduate program after the second year of study at UHart.

Degree Requirements

Prior to attending the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, students must complete a minimum of 101 credits. A sample of courses is listed below. View the full curriculum using the link to the course catalog.

Pre-podiatry science courses include:

Introductory Biology
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Molecular Cell Biology
College Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

In addition, students complete 3 credits of Premedical Professions Studies.

General education courses may include:

Academic Writing
Everyday Statistics
Introduction to Healthcare Professions
Business and Professional Communication
Introduction to Psychology

Admission Requirements

BS Health Sciences Pre-Podiatry

Applicants to the Health Science Pre-Podiatry articulation program between the University of Hartford and New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) must demonstrate outstanding academic potential, maturity, and motivation for the pursuit of podiatric studies.

Acceptance to the program normally requires a student to

  • Maintain at least a B average overall and in the sciences during the student's first three years of high school;
  • Rank in the upper 20 percent of the student's high school class;
  • Obtain a combined score of at least 1000 (Verbal and Math) on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

To be eligible for admission to the NYCPM Doctor of Podiatric Medicine program, a student must

  • Send a letter of intent to NYCPM upon matriculation at the University of Hartford;
  • Complete at least 90 credits of coursework, including necessary prerequisites, by the end of the third year at the University of Hartford;
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 overall, with a minimum grade of C in all required courses;
  • Submit an application for admission to NYCPM at the end of the second year of pre-professional studies at UHart;
  • Show satisfactory performance on a professional school admission test (MCAT or DAT) or any other examination required by NYCPM;
  • Obtain a recommendation for admission to NYCPM from the Premedical Professions Advisory Committee at the University of Hartford;
  • Complete a satisfactory interview with NYCPM's Admissions Committee and participate in any orientation programs required by NYCPM.


If you are applying as a transfer student, you will submit your application and documentation to our Office of Admission. The staff are knowledgeable about credit articulation agreements that we have with other institutions and work closely with the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions to provide transfer students with the information they need to make a smooth transition.

Program Contact

Linda Dahlin
Program Director, Health Sciences


The University of Hartford is accredited by the Board of Higher Education of the State of Connecticut and by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).  The New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) is accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME).  NYCPM is chartered by the regents of the University of the State of New York and is authorized to award the degree of Doctor of Podiatry.

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