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Podiatrist

Description:

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) who is a licensed health care professional who diagnoses, treats, operates and prescribes for any disease, injury, deformity, or other condition of the foot.

Licensing Requirements:

The practice of podiatry and use of the titles "podiatrist," or "chiropodist" within New York State requires licensure as a podiatrist.

To be licensed as a podiatrist in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • meet education requirements;
  • meet examination requirements; and
  • meet experience requirements.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 141, Section 7004 of New York State Education Law and Section 52.7 and Part 65 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

Education Requirements:

To meet the education requirements for licensure as a podiatrist, you must present evidence of completing A, B and C below.

  1. Preprofessional Education
    • Satisfactory completion of 60 semester hours of college study from a New York State registered program or the equivalent as determined by the New York State Education Department. These 60 semester hours must include courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology or zoology, and physics.
  2. Professional Education
    • Received the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree upon the completion of a program in podiatric medicine registered by the Department as licensure qualifying or accredited by an accrediting organization acceptable to the Department, or a program determined by the Department to be equivalent. The educational program must consist of four years of study based upon the prerequisite education defined in Part A and must lead to the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or its equivalent.

Accredited Podiatry Schools and Residency Programs

  • For information about accredited professional podiatric medicine programs and approved residency programs contact the Council on Podiatric Medical Education at:

American Podiatric Medical Association
9312 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
Pone: 800-ASK-APMA (800-275-2762)
Fax: 301-530-2752
American Podiatric Medical Association

Additional Requirements
  • Child Abuse Identification Reporting
  • Infection Control and Barrier Precautions

Experience Requirements:

You must complete at least one year of supervised postgraduate hospital training in podiatry which is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education or an equivalent organization acceptable to the Department. One year consists of a period of not less than 11 calendar months of full-time training or the equivalent, as determined by the Department. If you participate in a residency program in New York State, you must obtain a limited permit to practice while you are in the residency program.

Examination Requirements:

To meet the examination requirement for licensure as a podiatrist, you must successfully complete Parts I, II, and III of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME) examinations.

  1. National Board Examinations Parts I and II
    • The Chauncey Group International administers Parts I and II of the NBPMC (Formerly the PM Lexus). National boards are generally taken concurrently with study in a program of podiatric medicine. Part I is taken after the completion of a candidate's second year of study; Part II is taken near the completion of a candidate's final year of study.
  2. Part III of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (formerly the PMLexis)
    • You do not have to be an applicant for a New York State license to apply for Part III of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners examinations (formerly the PMLexis).
    • Part III of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiner examinations, formerly the Podiatric Medical Licensing Examinations for States (PMLexis), is administered by computer under the auspices of the Chauncey Group International and Prometric, Inc.

The National Board Examinations in Podiatry (Parts I, II, and III) are administered by:

The Chauncey Group International - NBPME
PO Box 6516
Princeton, NJ 08541
Toll Free Phone: 877-302-8952

Your examination results should be sent directly by The Chauncey Group International to:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Podiatry Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000

Fees (as of November 3, 2016)

The fee for licensure and first registration is $377.
The fee for a limited permit is $105 and $50 for a renewal.
The fee for a limited residency permit is $105 and $50 for each renewal.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2014, there were 80 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 68 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2016, there were 2,457 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Podiatry Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, ext. 250 (voice)
518-402-5354 (fax)
opunit1@mail.nysed.gov

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1081 - Podiatrists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Podiatric Medical Association
9310 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-1698
Phone: (301) 571-9200
E-mail: askapma@apma.org

Disclaimer:

Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/21/16.

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