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Pre-Medical LECOM


If you have an interest in family medicine, take advantage of Edinboro University’s special affiliation with LECOM University (the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine), which gives you the opportunity to enter LECOM after your junior year of college. The process is selective, but starting on our Biology Pre-Medical track is a step in the right direction.


Health-care Workers in Demand.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health-care occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for health-care services.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

Edinboro's unique agreement with LECOM establishes a 3+4 program in family medicine practice between the two schools. This means you complete three years of undergraduate study at Edinboro and four years of medical school at LECOM. After you successfully complete your first year of studies at LECOM, you can earn a bachelor of science degree in Health Sciences from Edinboro.

This is a rigorous program, but one that reaps big rewards. During your first three years in the Pre-Medical 3+4 program, you will be held to high standards. You'll follow a curriculum that is heavy on the sciences, including those that are required and recommended for acceptance at LECOM.

Balance these classes with general education and core courses that improve your critical thinking skills and ethical decision-making, and you'll be ready to accelerate your journey toward your medical school program.

Small classes taught by faculty members with a wide array of research interests will enable you to participate fully in your education and appreciate the importance of evidence-based medicine.

Faculty mentors will ensure you're equipped to do well in your undergraduate program and be poised for success at LECOM.

Reserve Your Place Now.

Apply to both Edinboro University and the Early Acceptance Program (EAP) at LECOM during your senior year of high school - or at least before the start of your second year at Edinboro.

LECOM will review your application and you will be invited to interview for a provisional letter of acceptance.

Stay on track with your Edinboro program and then make a final application for acceptance to LECOM. You will not have to schedule another interview or take the MCAT exam.

In order to qualify for EAP, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • NOT hold a bachelor's degree or higher
  • Have at least two years remaining as a full-time undergraduate student
  • Have an SAT score (Math and Verbal Reasoning greater than or equal to 1170 taken prior to March 1, 2016, or 1240 or higher on a single exam taken after March 1, 2016, or an ACT Composite score greater than or equal to 26 on a single exam
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale

If you are already an Edinboro University student, you must have at least a cumulative overall GPA of 3.2 and a science GPA of 3.1.

For complete details about admissions requirements to LECOM, including an academic index calculator to determine eligibility for the program, click here.

How Edinboro Supports You.

State licensure and a professional degree such as Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) or Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) are required before you can practice as a physician or surgeon. But it's never too early to build a resume that demonstrates your commitment to the field of medicine. Opportunities at Edinboro include:

  • Hands-on field courses throughout the year, including summer work at the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology
  • Internships that earn credits and provide firsthand experience in the field
  • Independent research under the supervision of a faculty expert
  • On-campus organizations such as Tri Beta, a national biological honor society, and Health Professions Club

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Nina Thumser
Department Chair
126 C and 146 Cooper Hall
Phone: 814-732-2529

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