Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton Campus
Branch Campus Location: Bradenton, FL
College Main Campus: Erie, PA
Additional Locations: Greensburg, PA; Elmira, NY
COVID-19 Related Information
Offers Virtual Interviews: Yes
Requires a Letter from a Physician: Physician Letter Not Required, however, we recommend a letter from a physician
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements: Yes
Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements: Yes, but will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
Accepts Online Lab Coursework: Yes
Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework: Information Not Yet Available
The mission of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) is to prepare students to become osteopathic physicians, pharmacy practitioners, and dentists through programs of excellence in education, research, clinical care, and community service to enhance the quality of life through improved health for all humanity. The professional programs are dedicated to serve all students through innovative curriculum and the development of postdoctoral education and inter-professional experiences.
LECOM Bradenton is a branch campus of LECOM. Located in Lakewood Ranch, a master-planned community near the Florida Gulf Coast, LECOM Bradenton provides students with an affordable, high quality education and offers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and four master’s degrees.
LECOM is the nation’s largest medical college and the only academic health center among the osteopathic colleges. With Millcreek Community Hospital and Medical Associates of Erie, the College is the core of LECOM Health, an innovative medical education and health care system.
U.S. News & World Report ranks LECOM as the most applied to medical college in the country, among the top ten medical colleges who have the highest percentage of primary care physicians graduating each year and reports that the College offers one of the lowest tuitions among all private medical colleges in the United States. Diversity in Higher Education Magazine ranked LECOM #14 for the most doctorate granting institutions. College of Medicine students have the opportunity to obtain a concurrent Master’s degree in their 3rd and 4th year of study. The online Masters in Health Services Administration was ranked as the #9 online program by TopMastersInHealthcare.com. Intelligent.com rates the MHSA in the top 10%, (No. 31 overall) and was recognized as having the best academic health setting.
Bradenton, FL; Suburban. Closest cities are Sarasota and Tampa, FL.
Year founded: 2004
Type: Private, non-profit
Branch campus: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
- LECOM Erie (main campus)
- LECOM at Seton Hill (additional location)
- LECOM at Elmira (additional location)
- LECOM School of Pharmacy
- LECOM School of Dental Medicine
- LECOM Graduate School of BioMedical Sciences
- LECOM School of Health Services Administration
- Millcreek Community Hospital
- Medical Associates of Erie
- LECOM Senior Living
- Corry Memorial Hospital
- VNA of Erie County
- LECOM Education
- LECOM Wellness Center
LECOM has designed its campuses with the latest educational technology, where each and every detail lends itself to the mission of teaching students how to care for patients. Lecture halls use smart classroom technology, and smaller classrooms provide ideal environments for small group study sessions.
Lecture halls use smart classroom technology, and smaller classrooms provide ideal environments for the small group, problem-based learning meetings. The multipurpose labs and Standardized Patient Suite offers state-of-the-art teaching equipment for basic science and clinical studies.
Student residence options:
LECOM does not provide campus housing. The college assists students in securing appropriate housing within a close walk or commute to campus.
- Total medical school enrollment: 765
- Total male: 403
- Total female: 362
- First-year enrollment: 196
- First-year male: 81
- First-year female: 115
- First-year in-state: 126
- First-year out-of-state: 70
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 4,202
LECOM Bradenton offers the Problem-Based Learn ng (PBL) pathway, which emphasizes self-directed study in small groups using a team approach through faculty–facilitated, patient-centered, case-based study.
In years three and four, students complete clinical rotations at more than 90 hospitals and clinics throughout the United States, including regional clinical campuses in Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, and California.
Concurrent Degree Programs
Baccalaureate/DO – LECOM offers Early Acceptance Programs with more than 100 undergraduate colleges and universities. Visit the LECOM website, lecom.edu for a listing of colleges and universities and details about the various programs.
DO/MPH*: The LECOM Masters in Public Health program (45 credit hours) is grounded in foundational public health knowledge. This includes administrative skills critical to improving and enhancing the health, health care, and well-being of individuals, families, and communities in North America by applying the philosophy of osteopathic medicine that seeks to treat the whole person mind, body and spirit. Delivered concurrently via on-line distance education in medical student’s third and fourth years.
DO/MHSA – The LECOM Masters in Health Services Administration program (50 credit hours) provides students with the skills required to plan, direct, and lead medical and health service organizations as administrators in hospital or other acute and subacute healthcare facilities, public health care organizations, pharmacies and private practice groups. The knowledge gained from the MHSA program is essential for fiscal, planning and managerial work in healthcare organizations and the establishment and management of clinical practices. Delivered concurrently via on-line distance education in medical student’s third and fourth years.
DO/MSBE- The LECOM Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics program (36 credit hours) will benefit future physicians seeking the mastery in biomedical & pharmacology ethics, health care compliance, patient-care management, risk management, and in medical research as well as palliative care and end-of-life care positions providing essential assistance to patients and their families. Delivered concurrently via on-line distance education in medical student’s third and fourth years.
DO/MSMEd – students may pursue the Master of Science in Medical Education degree during their third and fourth years.
* Masters programs available through distance education. See lecom.edu for details
Master of Medical Science
Application Deadline: 6/1/2020
Prerequisites/Academic Qualifications: Applicants must earn an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college/university. The Master of Medical Science program is a 10-month, non-thesis degree program that prepares individuals for health science careers. The college admissions staff will guarantee an interview to students who successfully complete the program and meet all other admissions standards and requirements.
Admissions Process & Application Information
Applicants submit a primary application to AACOMAS which collates materials, computes grades, and transmits standardized information to LECOM. Applicants are required to submit either a single letter of recommendation from a pre-professional committee or two letters from undergraduate or graduate college/university science professors. When complete, applicants receive a personalized email from LECOM requesting they complete a web-based Supplemental Application.
LECOM’s Academic Index Score (AIS) is an alternative to the MCAT. In place of the MCAT applicants may use an AIS, a calculation based on the applicant’s overall GPA, from undergrad and graduate school, and SAT / ACT scores from high school. Accordingly, LECOM recognizes diversity of backgrounds in applicants, while scores on standard tests do not solely relate to becoming a great physician. Utilizing the AIS contributes to our ability to provide a holistic review of applicants.
Following receipt of all necessary documentation, the application is reviewed by Admissions Committee members to evaluate candidates for those who are suitably matched to the ISLOs of professionalism, osteopathic philosophy, and discipline knowledge. Candidates that meet these criteria are invited for an on-campus interview conducted by faculty.
Following the interview, the Admissions Committee conducts a second review of the applicant-submitted information and interview evaluations. Applicants who have demonstrated to the Committee that they are qualified for admission are extended an offer of acceptance to the College of Medicine.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/5/2020)
- Primary application deadline: 4/1/2021
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/20/2021
- Submission timing for best consideration:
Applicants are encouraged to submit their AACOMAS application materials early to ensure consideration for an interview. Applicants should submit applications no later than four weeks prior to the deadline.
First-Year Class Matriculants’ Selection Factors:
LECOM seeks candidates who exemplify the LECOM mission to prepare students to become competent osteopathic physicians who partner with their patients on the pathway to health and well-being.
Applicants should not only demonstrate success in their science courses, but also have proven themselves as well-rounded individuals who have been successful overall in their academic careers.
LECOM is also looking for students who meet the ethical and professional standards that the public expects of high quality health care professionals and who demonstrate an interest in community service and leadership.
LECOM encourages applicants to learn more about the profession by getting to know an osteopathic physician. Receiving exposure to the osteopathic profession will enhance awareness of the osteopathic medical philosophy. Working with a physician will prepare the applicant for the required admissions interview.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: Yes –
International students (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents) will be considered on an individual basis. Non-U.S. citizens must provide documentation verifying that sufficient funds are available in a U.S. bank to cover all expenses to complete the entire program at LECOM and submit World Education Services (WES) transcript evaluations for all non-U.S. coursework. Additional requirements and information are available by contacting the Admissions Office.
- Oldest MCAT considered: 2015
- Accept September 2020 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2021 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 7/1/2020
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/20/2020
- Supplemental application requirements:
Qualified applicants will be notified to complete an online supplemental application and must submit the application fee at that time. LECOM requires a letter of recommendation from a premedical or pre-health committee or two letters from science professors from the applicant’s undergraduate or graduate institution. MCAT Scores are considered; in lieu of MCAT Scores, LECOM may use an Academic Index Score that uses undergraduate and graduate GPAs in a formula calculation with ACT and/or SAT Critical Reading and Math scores. Interviews are offered based on completion of the supplemental application.
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
Screened applicants: Must have a 2.7 or higher overall GPA and either a 497 or better MCAT taken within the past three years or an Academic Index Score (AIS) of 110 or higher. The AIS is calculated using ACT or SAT with overall post-secondary GPA. An applicant who does not meet the MCAT requirement or who has not taken the exam may enter the ACT or SAT scores to use the AIS to qualify for the supplemental application. The student must follow up with official documentation.
- Supplemental application fee: $50, non-refundable
LECOM uses a rolling admissions cycle and schedules applicant interviews July through April of the application year. Applicants are invited to campus for interviews held with basic science faculty, clinical faculty, and administrators. Applicants receive information about the curricular pathways available at LECOM, financial aid resources and procedures, research opportunities, clinical rotation sites, and internship/residency programs affiliated with LECOM. Applicants receive a tour of the campus and have lunch with current first- and second-year students.
- Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
- Organic Chemistry, 8* semester hours with lab
- Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Physics, 4 semester hours with lab
*May substitute 3 credits of biochemistry for 4 credits of organic chemistry.
- Biochemistry, 3 semester hours
- Genetics, 3 semester hours
- College English, 6 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences, 6 semester hours
- Math/Statistics, 3 semester hours
Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following schedule:
- Those accepted July 1 through December 31 will have 30 days.
- Those accepted January 1 through April 30 will have 14 days
- Those accepted after May 1 will be asked for an immediate deposit and a response by email.
- After May 15 of the year of matriculation, each medical college may implement college-specific procedures for accepted students who hold one or more seats at other medical colleges.
- Maximum Time for Applicant to Accept Offer: 30 days
- Earliest acceptance date: 8/1/2020
- Latest acceptance date: 7/30/2021
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes, only in the case of military deployment
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/23/2021
Early Decision Program
Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants
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Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2019-20 annual resident tuition: $33,180
- 2019-20 annual non-resident tuition: $35,757
- 2019-20 annual resident fees: $1,200
- 2019-20 annual non-resident fees: $1,200
- 2019-20 annual health insurance fee: $3,525
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Microscope Rental
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $26,914
- Average 2019 graduate indebtedness: $179,566
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $1,500, non-refundable
- Additional deposit amount: $500
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes, non-refundable
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 83%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $9,040
Contacts & Additional Resources
1858 W. Grandview Blvd.
Erie, PA 16509
Main Phone: (814) 866-6641
LECOM at Seton Hill
20 Seton Hill Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601
Main Phone: (724) 552-2880
LECOM at Elmira
250 West Clinton Street
Elmira, NY 14901
Main Phone: (607) 795-8037