BUSPM: Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine

Former namesBarry College in 1940-1950
Motto“Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare,” which means “to praise God, to bless His people and to preach His gospel.”
Established dateBarry University started in 1940School of Podiatry started in 1985
Current PresidentPresident of Barry University: Mike Allen PhDSchool of Podiatry Dean: Robert Snyder, DPM
Students per classUp to 67 in the school of Podiatry
LocationMiami Shores, Florida
ColorsRed, Black and Silver

2 – Introduction

Barry College welcomed their first class in 1940. In 1981, it became Barry University. A short 4 years later in 1985, the School of Podiatric Medicine introduced its first class.  Barry University is a private Catholic school located in Miami Shores, FL and was the first podiatry school to be a part of a full University. 

There is a vast amount of activities that podiatry students can get involved with ranging from intramural sports and clubs to overseas mission trips and local outreach. Students can participate in numerous clubs like Podopediatrics, American College of Foot and Ankle surgery, Diabetes Club, Save a Limb Save a Life, Hispanic Podiatry Medical Student Association, American Association of Practice Management, Biomechanics, Podiatric Skills, American Association of Women Podiatrist, Dermatology, Florida Podiatric Medical Student Association and more. The Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine’s classes are moderate in size with a maximum of 67 students per year in the entering class.

The Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine honors third year students with their white coats at the Rite of Passage ceremony to signify their transition into their clinical rotations. Adapting to Covid: Being a program with face to face lab times, there have been adjustments to classes to accommodate social distancing. Most classes are taught via remote learning. Most testing is also done with monitored testing parameters via remote site testing. Labs are taught face to face with smaller class sizes, mask wearing protocol and social distancing mandates in place.  A variety of media outlets are utilized for students to interact.


The Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine is known for culminating high levels of clinical skills. Students typically start clinics third year, but this school year a new curriculum was instated. First year students now shadow at least twice a month at a Barry University clinic or private office. Students start externships in May of their 4th year. Barry University emphasizes a balanced educational experience in all the didactic subjects and has a strong focus on clinical exposure. Barry University’s Gross Anatomy and Lower Anatomy labs are done with Cadavers.  

First year students take 9 courses: Gross Anatomy, Histology, Research Methodology, Epidemiology and Statistics, Introduction to Podiatry, Biochemistry 1 and 2, Lower Extremity Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Physiology 1. 

Second year, students take about 20 courses including Introduction to Orthopedics, General Radiology, Microbiology,  Biomechanics, Introduction to surgery, Podiatric Medicine 1 and 2, Internal medicine, Physical diagnosis, Pathology, Pharmacology and more.

There are three Barry University podiatric clinics that students  rotate through as 3rd and 4th years. Students can earn a Masters in Business Administration while earning you DPM as a dual degree.

For more information visit http://www.barry.edu