Licensure is the process whereby a state grants someone the legal authority to practice podiatric medicine in that state. Typically, fourth-year podiatry students complete specific requirements to obtain their podiatry license in the state where they will be completing their residency training. 

State boards of podiatric medicine are an agency of state government created by the state legislature. This agency governs the qualifications for and the practice of podiatry within the state. The board’s authority is limited to that granted by the state legislature and typically includes:

  1. Establishment of qualifications for licensure,
  2. Issuance of licenses to qualified individuals,
  3. Establishment of standards of practice and conduct,
  4. Taking disciplinary action against those who engage in violations of the governing statute or rules, and
  5. Promulgation of rules to enable the board to perform its duties

For a compilation of all state licensure requirements and scopes of practice, visit FPMB