The areas of study available at Coe provide excellent preparation for students seeking to enter a professional school or graduate program. As early as possible in their undergraduate years, students should coordinate a four-year academic program with the entrance requirements of the graduate institutions in which they are interested.

The course of study for Coe Pre-Podiatry normally includes an emphasis on biology and chemistry, with additional related study possible in physics and mathematics. Coe's biology, chemistry and pre-med clubs can help you meet and interact with students who share your interests.

Because some students at Coe College are interested in careers in Podiatry, special faculty advisors are available to confer with those who want to fulfill the requirements for entrance into postgraduate training for this area. Your Coe advisor can facilitate internships and other practical experiences to help you learn more about the professional specialties in which you are interested.

Program Outcomes:

Coe graduates have an excellent record of admission to leading graduate and professional schools.

Preparing Yourself In College:

  • Follow the pre-health course of study. This will include science requirements - usually biology, chemistry and physics courses.
  • Contact a Biology faculty member or one of the pre-health advisors (Dr. Dean, Dr. Hadow, or Dr. Leonardo). They will help you to plan out your schedule of classes. You will also have the opportunity to set up an internship, get experience, and keep your application process on schedule.
  • Check with the podiatry schools where you want to apply for specific courses they will require for admission. You may need to add some courses to meet a school's special requirements, and these courses can be taken through general education requirements.
  • Visit your own family podiatrist and ask him or her questions about a career in Podiatry.
  • Join the Premed Club, Biology, or Chemistry Clubs and enjoy the company of students with similar interests.

Successful Graduates:

Jordan Graen

Jordan Graen graduated in 2013, majoring in chemistry with a minor in Spanish. After graduation, Jordan matriculated at Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, where he will graduate with his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 2017. Graen is his class's delegate to the American Podiatric Medical Students' Association.

"My experiences and interactions at Coe irrefutably guided me to the successes I enjoy today. I strongly believe that the rigorous course work at Coe has prepared me well for the medical courses I take today. The guidance and mentoring I received from Coe's faculty was nothing less than exceptional, and the personal relationships I developed with all of my professors allowed them to write truly meaningful personal recommendations for my interview process for medical school - which is essential for a successful candidate. The abundant leadership opportunities due to Coe's extremely active student body set me apart from other applicants. Simply put, I owe my success to the excellence of Coe College." – Jordan Graen '13