Oct 16, 2019  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology (BS) - LECOM Pre Pharmacy Program 2+3

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Department of Biology


The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy and Slippery Rock University (SRU) are committed to the training of future pharmacy practitioners. Slippery Rock University and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer an accelerated, five-year Doctor of Pharmacy program.  Under this joint agreement students will successfully complete the two-year undergraduate program in pre-pharmacy at SRU and then matriculate into LECOM School of Pharmacy to complete the professional curriculum of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D) in three years.  The accelerated professional pharmacy curriculum at LECOM School of Pharmacy is offered in a 12-month program per academic year. Students participating in this program will not be awarded a Slippery Rock University degree.

The “2+3” Program is comprised of two phases: Phase 1 consists of the first two years of undergraduate education at Slippery Rock University of PA; Phase 2 consists of the remaining three years of pharmacy school education at LECOM’s Erie campus and its associated clinical training sites. Students enrolled in LECOM’s 2+3 Program will attend class using a typical academic year i.e. mid-August to early June.

  • Each year a list of every student enrolled in Phase I of the program should be submitted to the LECOM School of Pharmacy Admissions Office no later than October 15.
  • Students applying for Phase II of the Program must also complete an on-line PharmCAS Application by October 15th of the year of matriculation.
  • LECOM School of Pharmacy will accept advanced placement credit for prerequisite courses. However a class of equal rigor should be taken at the affiliated college.
  • LECOM School of Pharmacy will not accept credit given for CLEP courses.
  • Students who have taken Phase I courses in high school must supplement each course with an additional, higher level course in the same discipline.
  • LECOM School of Pharmacy will only accept applications from U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • The student must be enrolled full-time at the undergraduate institution and complete the program in the time-frame specified in the agreement.
  • Students must fulfill all Phase I entrance requirements as specified in the agreement.
  • For the students in the 2+3 agreement, all Phase I courses must be taken during a student’s four consecutive semesters at the affiliate institution.
  • We do permit the student to take summer courses provided that it does not lessen the workload from the Fall or Spring terms.
  • Students are permitted to repeat courses although it is extremely difficult to have the time to repeat a course in the 2+3 pathway.
  • Students must demonstrate that they can handle a full course load. Therefore, the student should not withdraw from any Phase I course which would result in the reduction of their course load.
  • If applying through the agreement, the LECOM School of Pharmacy is the student’s first choice. If the student is accepted into the LECOM program, the student should not accept an offer from another institution.
  • Any Phase I course cannot be taken pass/fail.
  • All questions from students accepted into the agreement should be directed to the institutions pre-pharmacy adviser, Dr. Paul Falso.

For admission to Phase I of the Program, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. SAT scores (or ACT scores) > 1170 (total of 26); 1240 or higher on the new SAT
  2. High School Grade Point Average - 3.5 or better out of 4.0
  3. No letters of recommendation are required when applying to the Early Acceptance Program
  4. Candidate potential - Evidence of scholarly activities and desire to become a pharmacist                                

For admission to Phase II of the Program, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Complete the pre-pharmacy curriculum in Phase I of the “2+3” Accelerated     Pharmacy Program, as described below.
  2. Earn a minimum GPA of 3.4 in Phase I of the program with no individual grade lower than a “C”.
  3. Earn a GPA of 3.2 or higher for science and mathematics courses.
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation.  One of these letters must be from the Health Professions Committee at SRU.  The letter will address personal growth of the student during Phase I of the program, as well as the student’s maturity, responsibility, and desire to become a pharmacist.
  5. Demonstrates leadership potential and commitment to the pharmacy profession.
  6. Submit a completed application for admission to the LECOM School of Pharmacy.
  7. Complete an in-person interview at LECOM.  (This interview takes place when applying to the Early Acceptance Program).

PCAT is not required for the Early Acceptance Program

Prospective students should contact LECOM directly for anticipated admission guidelines at 814.866.6641 or at pharmacy@lecom.edu.  The Doctor of Pharmacy Degree will be conferred upon successful completion of Phase I and Phase II of the program, both didactic and clinical, and recommendation by both the faculty and administration of LECOM School of Pharmacy.

Careers in these areas may require professional licensure and certification.  Professional licensure and/or certification vary by state and you are urged to check with your state licensing board.

Required courses at SRU:

Biology Courses - Credits: 11

Mathematics Course - Credits: 4

Physics Courses - Credits: 4

Other Courses - Credits: 30

  • Computer Science
  • College Writing I & II
  • Public Speaking
  • Economics
  • Psychology or Sociology
  • Behavioral Science
  • Liberal Studies (9)

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