Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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 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. The College of Osteopathic Medicine provides students with an affordable, high quality education and offers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, six master’s degrees and two Ph.D. programs.
U.S. News & World Report ranks LECOM as the most applied to medical college in the country, among the top ten medical colleges graduating the most primary care physicians 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 diversity among doctorate granting institutions and the Masters in Health Services Administration was ranked #9 by TopMastersInHealthcare.com.
Erie, PA, Greensburg, PA, and Elmira, NY; Urban /Suburban
Year founded: 1992
Type: Private, non-profit
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 Bradenton (branch campus)
- Millcreek Community Hospital
- LECOM School of Pharmacy
- LECOM School of Dental Medicine
- LECOM Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
- LECOM School of Health Services Administration
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.
In Erie, students learn in fully equipped anatomy and microbiology labs. Students receive Clinical Assessment Training with standardized patients in a working physician’s office.
LECOM remains the only osteopathic medical school with its own teaching hospitals: Millcreek Community Hospital and Corry Memorial Hospital. Students receive memberships at the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center that is designed to focus on total well-being for students and the public.
LECOM at Seton Hill provides classrooms, labs and student services on the campus of Seton Hill University near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. LECOM at Elmira, pending New York State Department of Education approval, likewise will seat its first class on the campus of Elmira College in Elmira, NY, in that state’s southern tier.
The LECOM Research Centers offer some 30,000 square feet of laboratory space for faculty and student-assisted research.
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: 1,485
- Total male: 832
- Total female: 653
- First-year enrollment: 381
- First-year male: 194
- First-year female: 187
- First-year in-state: 118
- First-year out-of-state: 263
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 4,223
LECOM offers its medical students a choice of student-centered pathways that match the learning styles of individual students. Five pathways are available in Erie: Lecture/Discussion (LDP), Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Directed Study (DSP), and two three-year osteopathic medical degree programs: the Primary Care Scholars (PCSP) and the Accelerated Physician Assistant (APAP) Pathways. LDP provides a systems-based, classroom approach to medicine; PBL emphasizes self-directed study in small groups using a team approach through faculty-facilitated, patient-centered, case-based study; DSP allows students to learn on their own in a structured preclinical curriculum; PSCP students follow a DSP curriculum with targeted clinical experience. LECOM at Seton Hill offers the PBL pathway and the APAP pathway while LECOM at Elmira offers PBL.
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.
Dual 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/MHSA – students may pursue the Masters in Health Services Administration through distance education in their third and fourth years.
DO/MSMEd – students may pursue the Master of Science in Medical Education degree during their third and fourth years.
Students may pursue the Master of Science in Bioethics degree during their third and fourth years.
* Masters programs available through distance education. See lecom.edu for details
Master of Medical Science
Start Date: 8/5/2019
Application Deadline: 7/1/2019
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.
Master of Science in Biomedical Science Program
Matriculated students in the LECOM College of Medicine program may also elect to enter a two-year master’s degree program that prepares individuals for health science careers, education, and research.
Doctoral Program in Anatomy Education
The Anatomy Education Ph.D. program prepares qualified educators to teach anatomical sciences at the undergraduate or post-graduate level.
Doctoral Program in Microbiology Education
The Microbiology Education Ph.D. program prepares qualified educators to teach microbiology sciences at the undergraduate or post-graduate level.
Admissions Process & Application Information
Individuals interested in applying to the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for LECOM Erie, including LECOM at Seton Hill, must complete an online AACOMAS application and a LECOM Supplemental Application. Once LECOM receives the AACOMAS application, qualified applicants will receive an e-mail message providing information and instructions regarding how to complete the Supplemental Application.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/2/2019)
- Primary application deadline: 4/1/2020
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/1/2020
- 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 – Select Cases
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 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: August 2016
- Accept September 2019 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2020 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Virtual Evals
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 7/1/2019
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/1/2020
- 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: Applicants must meet minimum GPA and MCAT requirements.
- 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
- Humanities, 6 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.
- Maximum Time for Applicant to Accept Offer: 30 days
- Earliest acceptance date: 7/1/2018
- Latest acceptance date: 7/29/2019
- Deferred entrance requests considered: No
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/29/2019
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
- 2018-19 annual resident tuition: $33,620
- 2018-19 annual non-resident tuition: $33,620
- 2018-19 annual resident fees: $1,050
- 2018-19 annual non-resident fees: $1,050
- 2018-19 annual health insurance fee: $3,468
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Microscope Rental
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $26,630
- Average 2018 graduate indebtedness: $157,833
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $1,500, non-refundable
- Additional deposit amount: $500
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 85%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $10,484
Contacts & Additional Resources
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine LECOM
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