2021-22 University Bulletin 
    Jan 30, 2023  
2021-22 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medicine, B.A./B.S./D.O. (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - LECOM)

3+4 Early Admissions/Joint Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts or Science degree from Adelphi University/ Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) is one of the largest private medical colleges in the country. The LECOM main campus opened in 1993 in Erie, Pennsylvania, with major hospital affiliations in the region and beyond. Students in the Adelphi/LECOM joint degree program complete 3 years of study at Adelphi followed by 4 years of study at LECOM. Credits transferred back to Adelphi from their first year at LECOM enable them to earn a bachelor’s degree from Adelphi. At the successful completion of their studies at LECOM, students are awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, which entitles them, after passing medical licensing exams, to practice as physicians.

Requirements for Acceptance to the Early Admissions Program

Entering Freshman:

  • Applicants for the 3+4 program must apply to Adelphi and indicate their interest in the “Early Admissions Program” with LECOM. Students also formally apply to the Early Admissions Program through a link on the LECOM website
  • Minimum SAT score of 1360 on the reading and writing and math sections or minimum ACT score of 29 is required.
  • High School grade point average of at least 3.7 (3.5 high school GAP for the 4+4 program).
  • Demonstrate definite interest in the medical profession and awareness of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Must show evidence of community involvement.
  • Have reasonable communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Complete an Affiliated Undergraduate College Inquiry form found on the LECOM website.
  • Submit to interview at LECOM no later than February of the senior year of high school.
  • Interview with Adelphi once receiving a “Provisional Letter of Acceptance” from LECOM 
  • students in the 3+4 program must pursue a baccalaureate degree in science.
  • The program is limited to five students. When openings occur, participants will be drawn from an alternates list.

Transfer students from community colleges are eligible for a 4+4 program on a case by case basis.

Current Adelphi Students
• Open to current students on a case by case basis when openings are available. Students in the 3+4 program can switch to a 4+4 on a case by case basis.

LECOM Admission Requirements

Candidates must complete all General Education requirements and all requirements for their major that will not be met by credits transferred back from LECOM. They must complete the following courses:

Eight semester hours each of:

  • General Biology with Labs
  • General Chemistry with Labs
  • Organic Chemistry with Labs
  • General Physics with Labs .

As well as:

  • Six semester hours of English Composition and Literature
  • Introductory Psychology or equivalent
  • Introductory Sociology or equivalent,
  • Statistics (one semester)
  • Biochemistry

In addition, all candidates must do the following:

  • Earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 and a 3.5 index in all science courses.
  • Complete a formal application through AACOMAS during their junior year.

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT or MCAT2015) is not required for admission. Instead, a sliding scale using the original SAT or ACT score and cumulative grade point average will be used.

The program is binding and students will forfeit their reserved spot if they then apply to another medical school.

Contact Information

For additional information, please contact Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships at (516) 877-3140 or preferably email RSchwartz@Adelphi.Edu