Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)

DPM Application

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Application Instructions


Criminal Offenses


Preliminary Education Requirements

Medical Education & Training

Acceptable Examination Sequences




Application Instructions


Step 1: Request Part I/II/III score reports and disciplinary report from the Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards (FPMB)

  • All reports should be ordered online at Please request all reports be sent directly to the State Medical Board of Ohio at

Step 2: Request FBI and Ohio BCI Background Record Checks

The board strongly encourages prospective applicants to complete their background checks as soon as they know that they will be applying for Ohio licensure. There is no need to wait until an application is submitted to start the background check process. The board will retain the background check results for up to one year upon receiving them. Once an application has been submitted to the board, its status will be updated to reflect receipt of the results.

  • Results MUST be sent directly from the vendor to the State Medical Board of Ohio; the Board will not accept results from the applicant or a third party.

  • All applicants for licensure are required to complete an FBI and Ohio BCI criminal records check. View instructions in the background check packet or by watching the instructional video

Step 3: Complete the Certificate of Postgraduate Training form.

  • Complete the top portion and forward it to the institution where you completed at least 12 months of accredited podiatric training.

  • The school should email the completed form directly to the State Medical Board of Ohio at

Step 4: Complete and Submit the Ohio Physician Licensure Application

Applicants are not required to submit license verifications from other states or jurisdictions in which they are licensed, unless specifically requested by board staff.

Please note: the Medical Board is unable to confirm receipt of background checks or other supporting documents prior to an application being submitted. 

Once an application has been submitted, any documents that have been previously received will be attached to the application. In order to efficiently process your application, please do not submit or email documents to the board that are not specifically required as part of the application. Board staff will contact you directly in the event that further information or additional documentation is necessary to process your application. Please allow the board 10 business days to perform an initial review of your application. After that time, you may check the status of your application by logging into eLicense and navigating to your license application. Select the Options tab and the Review Status option. Any outstanding items will be listed in the ‘Comments’ section at the bottom of the page.



  • Completion of preliminary education

  • Completion of medical education and training

  • Passage of an acceptable medical licensure examination sequence

Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements at the time an application is submitted. Applications submitted by individuals who do not meet eligibility requirements are subject to denial by the board. Application fees are not refundable and an applicant will be required to reapply once eligibility requirements can be met.


Criminal Offenses

Q: What must be disclosed on the application regarding arrest/criminal history?

A: If you have ever been arrested, charged, or convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony you must disclose the incident(s) on the application, regardless of whether the criminal records were subsequently sealed or expunged.  This includes serious traffic offenses such as reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, hit and run, evading a peace officer, failure to appear, and driving under suspension. Matters in which you were diverted, deferred, pardoned, or pled nolo contendere must also be disclosed.  If you are in doubt as to how to respond to the application questions, full and honest disclosure is recommended.

To verify your criminal history, the Board requires submission of fingerprints for a criminal records check completed by both the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Both entities maintain records, often beyond the time that courts keep them, and these records will be reported to the Board as a result of the criminal records check.

Failure to provide truthful responses to the questions on the application may result in disciplinary action up to, and including, permanent denial of your application.

Explanatory Statement Disqualifying Offense List 

Disqualifying Offense List 


Initial Application Fees

Application $305.00

Transaction fee $3.50

Total due at submission $308.50


Preliminary Education Requirements

Applicants are required to demonstrate completion of preliminary education which shall include two years of undergraduate work in a college of arts and sciences and a high school diploma or the equivalent of such education as determined by the Board. Production of a diploma from a college of podiatric medicine and surgery in good standing as defined by the Board at the time the diploma was issued constitutes prima facie evidence that the individual has completed the requisite preliminary education.


Medical Education & Training

Applicants must hold a diploma from a college of podiatric medicine and surgery and present proof of completion of one year of postgraduate training in a podiatric internship, residency or clinical fellowship program accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education or the American Podiatric Medical Association.


Acceptable Examination Sequences

  • NBPME Part I, II & III: The examination in podiatric medicine and surgery shall consist of parts I, II and III of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners examination. Prior to applying for a license to practice podiatric medicine and surgery, and prior to sitting for part III of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners examination, an applicant shall have passed parts I and II of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners examination.

  • An applicant shall obtain diplomate or passing status with the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners on parts I, II and III of the national board examination to be considered as having passed the examination in podiatric medicine and surgery.


Other Acceptable Examination Sequences

  • An examination administered between June 12, 1990 and December 4, 2000, requires passing of the "PMLexis" in addition to the holding of a passing status or diplomate status with the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.

  • An examination administered after December 4, 2000, requires passing parts I, II and III of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners examination.

  • An examination administered before June 12, 1990, shall have been:

    • Administered by the state, United States territory, or district, and, have been in part, a written examination;

    • Taken without having failed the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners examination unless an intervening passing status or diplomate status on that examination has been achieved; and

    • Taken without having failed to achieve a minimum passing score on the PMLexis or part III of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners examination unless an intervening passing status on that examination has been achieved.


Certificate of Postgraduate Training Form