Podiatry (NY College of Podiatric Medicine)

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The Biology Pre-Professional programs provide students with an opportunity to earn a B.S. in Biology from Felician College and a graduate degree from a number of cooperating professional school programs in the following fields:

1. Audiology (Bloomsburg University of PA)
2. Chiropractic (NY Chiropractic College)
3. Occupational Therapy (Sage Graduate School)
4. Physician Assistant (Rutgers-SHRP)
5. Physical Therapy (Rutgers-SHRP)
6. Podiatry (NY College of Podiatric Medicine)

Upon successful completion of their Felician coursework, students will be able to demonstrate competence in scientific reasoning and quantitative analysis, critical thinking, and written communication, as well as proficiency in application of fundamental principles and laboratory methods in biology and chemistry. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of the ethical challenges and responsibilities of applying scientific knowledge, the relationship of Franciscan values to professional practice, and the potential contributions of science-related professions to human welfare and sustainability.

In most of the pre-professional programs, students take three years of required courses at Felician, with their first year of professional school courses counting toward their fourth year for the B.S. (The exception is Occupational Therapy, which requires a four-year sequence of courses at Felician.) An additional 2-3 years at the professional school is needed for the graduate degree (duration depending on whether a Masters or Doctorate is needed).

Students should declare their intention to pursue a specific articulated program as soon as possible within their first year at Felician to ensure proper scheduling of the correct sequence of courses. Note that each program has a GPA requirement for entry into the cooperating professional school, and may have other qualifications as indicated in the individual program requirements summarized below.

In each program, students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all science and math courses.

Podiatry Program

The Podiatry Program is an articulated program coordinated between Felician College and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Manhattan (http://www.nycpm.edu/) providing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Felician and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from NYCPM.

A Podiatrist is able to prevent, diagnose, and treat disorders of the foot and ankle. The foot is often the first area to manifest symptoms of serious conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and the podiatrist is often the first to detect symptoms of these disorders and thus becomes a vital member of the healthcare team.

Students in the podiatry program spend about three years at Felician College completing 96 credits in the pre-professional component (47 credits in the General Education and the Core Curriculum, and 49 credits in the required pre-professional Core). Students must complete their coursework at Felician College with a 3.000 GPA and earn minimum of “C” in all required science courses.

Students can apply to the New York College of Podiatric Medicine one year prior to their desired term of entry into the Podiatry program. Upon successful completion of their first year of courses at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, Felician College will award the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Upon completion of the remainder of the required coursework (approximately three additional years), the New York College of Podiatric Medicine will award the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM).

Degree Requirements
All students must:
1. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.000 and a minimum grade of “C” in all math and science courses;
2. Attain MCAT scores at least equal to NYCPM’s current minimum;
3. Secure a satisfactory evaluation in a personal interview; and
4. Submit three favorable letters of recommendation.

Note: The minimal satisfaction of entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the professional portion of the program. The final decision for acceptance rests with the professional school.

Course Requirements (96 Credits) At Felician College

(Revised: May 2012)
Core Curriculum (12 credits)

Source Course Credits
CORE 200 Culture and Diversity 3
CORE 250 Applied Ethical Reasoning 3
CORE 300 Journey to Selfhood 3
CORE 400 Franciscan Vision 3
General Education Requirements (35 credits)
ENG 101 Writing the College Essay 3
ENG 102 Introduction to the Study of Literature 3
BIO 202* Microbiology 4
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (100 or 200 level) 3
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (300 or 400 level) 3
_____ Social/Behavioral Sci. Elective (HIST, ECON, PSYC, PSCI, SOC) 3
MATH 161 Precalculus 4
CIS 101/103 Introduction to Information Systems 4
  Introduction to Advanced Computer Applications 3
ART/MUS___ Creative Arts Elective 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
FYE 100 * Freshmen Year Experience I 1
FYE 101 * Freshmen Year Experience II 1
Required Pre-Professional Core (49 credits)
BIO 103 General Biology I 4
BIO 104 General Biology II 4
BIO 205 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 206 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 405 Genetics 4
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHYS 103 General Physics I 4
PHYS 104 General Physics II 4
MATH 122 Statistics I 3

* FYE is for full-time, first-time freshmen

Recommended semester-by-semester course sequence (4-year plan)

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Dr. Alfredo Castro
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Gaby Fahmy
Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Barry Goldberg
Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Robert Rogers
Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Wei Shi
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Edward Siden
Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Marjorie Squires
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Patrick Weir
Associate Professor of Biology and Chair
Department of Natural Sciences

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