Samuel Merritt University

California School of Podiatric Medicine

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine


3100 Telegraph Ave

Oakland, CA 94609

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

D.P.M. - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The California School of Podiatric Medicine is one of nine accredited podiatric medical schools in the nation. The campus is in Oakland, California, part of the San Francisco Bay Area. The more than 100-year-old non-profit institution provides a post-baccalaureate four-year, full-time program leading to the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. 

CSPM is known for its hands-on early approach to clinical education. Clinical rotations begin at the start of the second academic year in May. During the summer months, second year students begin to participate in clinical rotations, which cover mechanical orthopedics, radiology, general and primary podiatric medicine. The majority of the third year and the entire fourth year are devoted to clinical rotations at inpatient and outpatient facilities, community practice clerkships, and outside clerkships at affiliated Bay Area medical centers and throughout the United states.

The educational program leading to the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree consists of a comprehensive curriculum in the basic medical and clinical sciences. The didactic course work is completed during the first three years of the program.

emonstrating academic excellence in podiatric medical education for nearly a century, CSPM offers a number of advantages to students:

  • Hands-on, early clinical experience at the beginning of the second year
  • Small entering classes of approximately 48
  • Pioneering faculty in biomechanics and sports medicine


The California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University is accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education. The council is recognized as the professional institutional accrediting agency for podiatric medical education by the US Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): 39,477 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 39,477 USD

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other separate health profession school

Locale: Large City

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