Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Program
Through a partnership with one of the nation’s most renowned medical colleges, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), FSC students are able to pursue the pre-med, pre-pharmacy and pre-dental tracks. Those who meet all the academic requirements while earning their undergraduate degrees will be guaranteed acceptance into Lake Erie’s graduate medical program at its campuses in Pennsylvania and Florida.
LECOM is a private college with physical locations in Erie and Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and Bradenton, Florida.
Partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
With a growing demand of healthcare professionals, FSC and LECOM partnered to help prepare new doctors, dentists and pharmacists succeed in the healthcare industry. This special Early Acceptance Program (EAP) with LECOM allows high school or current FSC students to apply to LECOM medical, dental or pharmacy school. (Students who meet the requirements in high school are conditionally accepted into both FSC and LECOM’s program simultaneously.)
LECOM has developed special Early Acceptance Programs with select community colleges, undergraduate colleges and universities that grant qualified students a provisional early acceptance to LECOM’s School of Pharmacy, School of Dental Medicine or College of Osteopathic Medicine. In some cases, these programs will permit the student to start the professional program prior to receiving a bachelor degree from the undergraduate institution.
To qualify for the BS+DO/PharmD/DMD program, you must meet the following criteria:
- SAT score greater than or equal to 1170 (Math & Critical Reading) or ACT score greater than or equal to 26
- High school GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Maintain a cumulative GPA at FSC of 3.4 or higher and a science GPA of 3.2 or higher.
- Interviews may be required, depending on the program
Students already attending FSC must meet these requirements as well enroll into the Early Acceptance Program (EAP).
For each of the programs, a maximum combined total of 5 students per academic year will be admitted from FSC’s EAP into each LECOM program.
High school students may apply to LECOM prior to or while applying to FSC.
Regardless of the time of application, students must be enrolled in the EAP and attend FSC for at least two consecutive years to be considered for acceptance into any of LECOM’s programs.
The EAP is comprised of two “phases,” which together are called “tracks.” Phase I consists of three or four years of undergraduate education at Florida Southern College. Phase II consists of the number of years, typically four, required to complete the selected graduate program at LECOM.
(For a 3+ track, currently enrolled FSC students should apply prior to the start of their second year. For a 4+ track, currently enrolled FSC students should apply prior to the start of their third year.)
Students may switch tracks if they are in good standing and receive permission from FSC and LECOM.
Two Available tracks: 4+4 & 3+4
Students may choose any of the following three campuses to complete their studies: Erie, PA; Greensburg, PA or Bradenton, FL. Either track chosen will lead to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (D.O.).
Available tracks: 4+, 3+, online
LECOM offers a three-year and four-year track at its Erie, PA and Bradenton, FL campuses, respectively. Furthermore, a four-year Distance Learning Pathway, with the majority of the coursework completed online, is also available for the Pharmacy program. All three tracks lead to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.).
One Available Track: 4 + 4
The Bradenton, FL campus at LECOM offers the four-year dentistry program and graduates will receive a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree (D.M.D.).