National Board Exams

Students enrolled in any of the nine colleges of Podiatric Medicine are required to pass Parts I & II of the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Exam (APMLE) series before beginning residency training. Part III of the APMLE is taken during residency. The APMLE series is overseen by the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.

For more information about all 3 parts of the APMLE, including registration materials, practice tests, FAQs, exam dates, and much more, visit

APMSA Resources

The APMLE Part I Preparatory Guide was created by APMSA's Advisory Council, which is comprised of 3rd and 4th year APMSA Delegates. This survey was designed to collect information from respondents about their preparation for the APMLE Part I. The survey used the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME) Exam Bulletin as a guide and solicited feedback on each exam section. The information in this document is a compilation of strategies, mnemonics, and recommended study materials that will hopefully assist in your own preparation for this very important exam.

There are many different ways to prepare for the exam. The NBPME publishes an Exam Bulletin every year which is available on their website at As you select study materials, it is important that each section of this bulletin is covered. Additionally, the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) provides students with a handbook, entitled “Curricular Guide for Podiatric Medical Education” available at, which describes the curriculum and weighted ranking of learning objectives. Each topic is scored from 0-4, with 4 being most important; these scores may be helpful when deciding what to emphasize in your studying.

APMLE Part I Preparatory Guide