High achiever who wants to go to medical or dental school?

As a high school senior, you can apply and be admitted to both:

  • Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, to major in biomedical sciences
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) for a medical degree from either LECOM’s School of Dental Medicine or its College of Osteopathic Medicine

About LECOM

  • Ranked among the best medical schools for primary care by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Most-applied-to medical school in the country.
  • Founded in 1988, LECOM has grown to become the nation’s largest medical school with campuses in Erie, PA; Greensburg, PA; and Bradenton, FL.
  • The majority of LECOM graduates become primary care physicians — family physicians, internal medicine doctors, pediatricians, or obstetrician-gynecologists (OB-GYNs).
  • You graduate from LECOM with a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree. Osteopathic physicians can choose any specialty, prescribe drugs, perform surgeries, and practice medicine anywhere in the United States. Osteopathic physicians take a patient-centered, holistic, hands-on approach, and bring the additional benefits of osteopathic manipulative techniques to diagnose and treat patients. Osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest-growing health care professions in the country, with 1 in 4 medical students enrolled in an osteopathic medical school.
  • More about LECOM »

LECOM Medical School Program

  • Location: Choose either Erie, PA; Greensburg, PA; or Bradenton, FL.
  • Timeline: 3+4 years or 4+4 years, through Nazareth’s affiliation.
  • 3+4 Track requires a high school GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale and an SAT Score (Math and Verbal Reasoning) of at least 1250 on a single exam taken before 3/1/16, or at least 1340 on a single exam taken after 3/1/16, or an ACT Composite score of at least 28 on a single exam. You must receive a provisional letter of acceptance in LECOM’s Early Acceptance Program before starting your second year at Nazareth. After completing three years at Nazareth and meeting GPA and other requirements, you enter LECOM in July. Nazareth awards you a bachelor’s degree when you complete the requirements; credits can include LECOM courses.
  • 4+4 Track requires a high school GPA of at least 3.5 out of 4.0, and an SAT Score (Math and Verbal Reasoning) of at least 1170 on a single exam taken before 3/1/16, or at least 1240 on a single exam taken after 3/1/16, or an ACT Composite score greater than or equal to 26 on a single exam. You must have a provisional letter of acceptance in LECOM’s Early Acceptance Program before starting your third year at Nazareth. After completing four years at Nazareth and meeting GPA and other requirements, you enter LECOM in July.
  • How to apply: As a high school senior, apply to Nazareth College and fill out LECOM’s inquiry form (using the “Affiliated Undergraduate College Inquiry” option) on the My LECOM Portal.

LECOM Dental School Program

  • Location: Bradenton, FL.
  • Timeline: 4+4 years through Nazareth’s affiliation. After you complete four years at Nazareth, take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and successfully meeting GPA and other requirements, you enter LECOM’s School of Dental Medicine in July.
  • 4+4 track requires a high school GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and an SAT Score (Math and Verbal Reasoning) greater than or equal to 1170 on a single exam taken before 3/1/16, a SAT score of 1240 or higher on a single exam taken after 3/1/16 or an ACT Composite score greater than or equal to 26 on a single exam; and
    A high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or higher.
  • LECOM graduates receive a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree.
  • How to apply: As a high school senior, apply to Nazareth College and apply to LECOM through the AADSAS centralized application service.

The benefits

  • No medical college admission test (MCAT) required for LECOM Medical School if you are accepted into the Early Admission Program as a high school senior or as a current Nazareth freshman or sophomore — saving you time, stress, and the cost of the exam, plus saving thousands of dollars for MCAT preparation classes or a post-baccalaureate program.
  • You don’t have to go through the AACOMAS application service, saving more than $150.
  • You have a guaranteed seat in medical school as long as you maintain eligibility (including a high GPA at Nazareth).
  • LECOM offers one of the lowest tuitions for private medical colleges in the country, while maintaining the highest quality of educational standards for academic programs. LECOM also has financial aid available, awarded based on your FAFSA and your college GPA.

Current Nazareth student?

Through the Nazareth-LECOM partnership, current Nazareth freshmen and sophomores who meet GPA and SAT/ACT requirements can apply and will receive an interview from LECOM. If the interview is successful and you are offered a seat at LECOM, you will have the same benefit of not having to take the MCAT exam while maintaining a minimum GPA. Apply to LECOM »