The College of Podiatric Medicine emphasizes the importance of fully preparing for and passing the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners’ American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination (APMLE), Part I and II. These exams are recognized as part of the licensing process by a member of state, federal and Canadian provincial legal agencies governing the practice of podiatric medicine. All podiatric residency programs require passage of APMLE Part I and Part II (written examination and the Clinical Skills Patient Encounter (CSPE) examination) prior to the beginning of the residency.
Eligible students are required to take the APMLE Part I and both portions of Part II (written examination and the Clinical Skills Patient Encounter - CSPE examination) the first time the examinations are offered, and every subsequent time if necessary.
Students who have not passed APMLE Part I will not be eligible to take Part II. Those students will be under the college’s Board Part I Failure Policy (see below). Subsequent failures of Part I may delay graduation and/or result in summary dismissal without the right of appeal.
APMLE Part I the First Time Offered
Eligible students are required to first sit for the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination Part I (APMLE-1) in July.
For those students who pass APMLE-1, their pathway to graduation is unchanged, taking third-year courses and rotations through February of the following year. In March, students start CLI 804xx clinical rotations. For the summer semester of the following year, students return to campus for their senior experience and senior exams. Upon successful completion of all requirements, students graduate on time in May.
College of Podiatric Medicine Board Part 1 Failure Policy
Students will find out if they passed APMLE-1 in late July or early August, when National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners distributes the exam scores. Students who fail the July exam will continue with third-year classes and August clinical rotations. Beginning in September, students will be removed from clinic and enrolled in a structured remediation process to prepare for the required retake in October. Starting with the beginning of the October clinical rotation, students will resume clinic rotations and continue with their second-semester classes.*
(*APMLE Pathway I students will only be excused from clinic the day of the October APMLE Part I reexamination. Students will be required to attend all other days for the October rotation, including the first day of the rotation.)
In late October or early November, when the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners distributes the October retake exam scores, students will continue on one of the two following pathways.
- Pathway I – Passage: Students who pass the October APMLE-1 retake exam will continue in class and clinic through February. In March these students will make up the clinical rotation that was missed in September. Beginning with the April rotation, these students will attend CLI 804xx clinical rotations. These students will lose one month of an optional external clerkship elective. For the summer semester of the following year, students will return to the College of Podiatric Medicine to begin their senior experience and senior exams, and, upon successful completion of all requirements, will graduate with their original class.
- Pathway II – Failure: Students who fail the October APMLE-1 retake exam will continue in class and clinic through November. They will not attend clinic beginning in December, but will continue in class through February. Beginning with the summer semester in March, students will be enrolled in PMD 80396 Independent Study for the required APMLE-1 July retake exam. They will have no other academic or clinical responsibilities, unless required to complete a remedial course or rotation. In July, they will sit for the APMLE-1 retake exam. Students will find out if they passed APMLE-1 in late July or early August when the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners distributes the exam scores. Students who fail the July retake exam will be summarily dismissed with no right of appeal.
Students who pass will continue along this pathway, as follows:
Between September and the end of February, students will make up four third-year clinic rotations. In March, they begin CLI 804xx clinical rotations. For the summer semester of the following year, students will return to campus for their senior experience and senior exams. Upon successful completion of all requirements, they will graduate in May, one year following their original graduation date.
Students who are dismissed or have withdrawn from the College of Podiatric Medicine after failing APMLE Part I once or twice but before taking Part I a third time are subject to the maximum three attempts policy
Non-enrolled students who have taken APMLE Part I three times without passing are not eligible for readmission consideration regardless of whether or not the examination was passed on subsequent attempts.