Early Acceptance Program with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

If you’re interested in entering the osteopathic profession, USciences offers an invitation-only arrangement with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).

Admission to this early acceptance program is exclusive—application is by invitation only to students already accepted to USciences who meet specific eligibility requirements. There are only 10 seats (five for Erie, PA and five for Bradenton, FL campuses) reserved each year for USciences students. Applicants meeting specific requirements will be interviewed by LECOM. Students who receive a provisional acceptance to LECOM and accept the offer may not apply to any other medical school. Application to another medical school will result in the loss of the student’s provisional acceptance.

Program Options

These four program options feature either three or four years at USciences, followed by three or four years at LECOM—allowing you to earn both Bachelor of Science (BS) and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degrees.

3+4 BS/DO Dual Degree Program

In the accelerated 3+4 program, you must first complete three years at USciences as a biology or biomedical sciences major. After completing your first year at LECOM, you’ll receive your BS degree from USciences. After successfully completing four years at LECOM, you’ll receive your DO degree.

3+3 BS/DO Dual Degree Program

In the accelerated 3+3 program, you must first complete three years at USciences as a biology or biomedical sciences major. After successfully completing your first year at LECOM, you’ll receive your BS degree from USciences. After successful completion of three years in the Primary Care Scholars Pathway program at LECOM, you’ll receive your DO degree.

4+4 BS/DO Dual Degree Program

In the 4+4 program, you must complete four years at USciences in any major to earn your BS degree. Then, after successfully completing four years at LECOM, you’ll receive your DO degree.

4+3 BS/DO Dual Degree Program

In the 4+3 program, you must complete four years at USciences in any major to earn your BS degree. Then, after successfully completing three years in the Primary Care Scholars Pathway program at LECOM, you’ll receive your DO degree.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must demonstrate a desire to become a physician in the tradition of osteopathic medicine and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

High School Applicants

Highly motivated students in their final year of high school must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply:

3+4 or 3+3 BS/DO Dual Degree Program

  • Minimum test scores: (single exam, no superscores)
    • Old SAT: 1280 (Critical Reading & Math)
    • New SAT: 1380 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing & Math)
    • ACT: 28 (Composite)
  • Minimum high school (unweighted) grade point average of 3.7 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Minimum Academic Index Score of 123, calculated based on ACT score or SAT score (single exam) and USciences GPA

4+4 or 4+3 BS/DO Dual Degree Program

  • Minimum test scores: (single exam, no superscores)
    • Old SAT: 1170 (Critical Reading & Math)
    • New SAT: 1240 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing & Math)
    • ACT: 26 (Composite)
  • Minimum high school (unweighted) grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Minimum Academic Index Score of 115, calculated based on ACT score or SAT score (single exam) and USciences GPA

Current USciences Students

Current USciences students are eligible to apply if there are seats available in the desired program and one of the following conditions is satisfied:

3+4 or 3+3 BS/DO Dual Degree Program

  • Minimum test scores: (single exam, no superscores); and
    • Old SAT: 1280 (Critical Reading & Math)
    • New SAT: 1380 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing & Math)
    • ACT: 28 (Composite)
  • Minimum high school (unweighted) grade point average of 3.7 (on a 4.0 scale); or Minimum Academic Index Score of 123, calculated based on ACT score or SAT score (single exam) and USciences GPA

4+4 or 4+3 BS/DO Dual Degree Program

  • Minimum test scores: (single exam, no superscores); and
    • Old SAT: 1170 (Critical Reading & Math)
    • New SAT: 1240 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing & Math)
    • ACT: 26 (Composite)
  • Minimum high school (unweighted) grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale); or Minimum Academic Index Score of 115, calculated based on ACT score or SAT score (single exam) and USciences GPA

Notify Laura Mangano, Pre-Med Advisor, and apply for either program option after completing your first or second undergraduate year at USciences.

Application Process

  • Submit Early Acceptance Program Inquiry on LECOM’s website
    • For high school students: by March 1 in order to receive the letter of provisional acceptance prior to May 1 (national deadline for seniors to select a college)
    • For current USciences students interested in the 3+4 or 3+3 program: before starting their third year at USciences
    • For current USciences students interested in the 4+4 or 4+3 program: before starting their second year at USciences
  • Submit Dual Degree Application to Laura Mangano, Pre-Med Advisor
  • Interview with LECOM
  • Receive letter of provisional acceptance following successful interview

Criteria for Continued Participation in Program

3+4 and 3+3 Dual Degree Program Requirements

In order to remain in the program, students must achieve and maintain the following:

  • Minimum cumulative overall GPA of 3.5
  • Minimum science GPA of 3.2
  • Minimum Academic Index Score of 123
  • Students who meet specific criteria may be exempt from taking the MCAT
  • No course grade lower than a C

4+4 and 4+3 Dual Degree Program Requirements

In order to remain in the program, students must achieve and maintain the following:

  • Minimum cumulative overall GPA of 3.4
  • Minimum cumulative science GPA of 3.2
  • Minimum Academic Index Score of 115
  • Students who meet specific criteria may be exempt from taking the MCAT
  • No course grade lower than a C

Contact:

Admission or Application-related Questions:
Admission Office

Phone:

215-596-8810

Email:

admit@usciences.edu

Contact:

Program Information:
Pre-Health Advising

Phone:

215-596-7480

Email:

prehealth@usciences.edu