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2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology - 3+4 Pre Osteopath (LECOM) Track (BS)

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Biology Department


Lake Erie  College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)

Under this joint agreement between Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and Slippery Rock University (SRU), select undergraduate students who have successfully completed specific course work at SRU may continue their education in medicine at LECOM.  This program is comprised of two phases:  Phase I consists of the first three years of undergraduate education at SRU; Phase II consists of the remaining four years of medical school education at LECOM and its associated clinical sites.  Slippery Rock University will confer the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology to Slippery Rock students who have successfully completed the Slippery Rock courses in Phase I at SRU and the first four semesters (pre-clinical) of LECOM’s Academic curriculum.

To be eligible for the “4+4” Program, SRU students must satisfy the requirements listed below for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at SRU for the “4+4” Program, and indicate interest to enter into the “4+4” Program before the start of their junior year at SRU.  To gain final acceptance to Phase II of the “4+4” Program, students must fill out the Affiliated Medical School Application which is available through their LECOM student portal.  The application must be received by October 15th of their final year at Slippery Rock University.  Letters of recommendation and supporting documentation, including certified transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, must be submitted for review by LECOM.

Admissions to LECOM is subject to the applicant’s meeting the following criteria:

  1. SAT minimum 1170 or ACT minimum 26.  (1240 on the SAT for the “4+4”; 1340 on the new SAT for the “3+4”)  A minimum of 28 or higher on the ACT is required for the “3+4” track.
  2. Unweighted High School Grade Point Average 3.5 or better.
  3. Slippery Rock University GPA; Overall GPA of 3.4 and Science GPA of 3.2 or better for the 4+4 program at the completion of the undergraduate studies.  The Overall GPA must be 3.5 or higher and science GPA 3.2 or higher for the “3+4” track.
  4. Students can be evaluated based on an Academic Index Score (AIS) in place of the MCAT.  The AIS is calculated by using the student’s ACT or SAT and the student’s overall college GPA.  The minimum AIS required to waive the MCAT for the 4+4 program is 115 (equivalent to a 3.4 overall college GPA along with a 1170 old SAT or 1240 new SAT or 26 on the ACT).  The minimum AIS for the 3+4 program is 123 (This is equivalent to a 3.5 overall GPA and a 1280 old SAT/1340 new SAT OR a 28 or higher on the ACT).  A student who does not reach the AIS may take the MCAT exam.  The student must score a 500 or better in order to keep the reserved seat.
  5. Shadowing an osteopathic physician is highly recommended but not required.
  6. Consideration is also given to personal traits and demonstrated desire to become an osteopathic physician.
  7. Appropriate letters of recommendation.

Students successful in Phase I will be interviewed by LECOM in the third year prior to admission to Phase II of the “4+4” program.  Final acceptance of candidates to Phase II of the “3+4” Program will be determined by LECOM.

Students will be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from SRU upon receipt of an official transcript from LECOM indicating successful completion (grade of “C” or better in each course) of the first year of LECOM’s curriculum.  Students will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine by LECOM after successfully completing the complete four-year medical curriculum, successfully passing COMLEX I and COMLEX II of the National Board of Osteopathic Medicine Examiners, and otherwise satisfying all other requirements as identified by LECOM for graduation.

Required courses at SRU:

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