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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Osteopathic Medicine Dual Degree

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A cooperative program between Mount St. Mary’s University and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) is available to students who seek to pursue a career as doctor of osteopathic medicine and who also want a solid liberal arts education. Through this 4/4 dual-degree program a student earns a B.S. or B.A. from Mount St. Mary’s University and a doctoral degree (D.O.) from LECOM. There are two phases to the dual-degree program.

Phase One is completed at Mount St. Mary’s University and typically takes four years (although a 3-yr option is available). Mount students, as freshman or sophomores, or as prospective students will apply for this program at LECOM and following an interview with LECOM may be accepted into the program.

Program Requirements

Dual Degree Program Requirements:

Eligible students must be U.S. citizens; may not hold a four-year undergraduate degree; typically have SAT scores greater than or equal to 1240 or ACT greater than or equal to 26; and have high school GPA greater than or equal to 3.5. (Transfer students are eligible only for the 4/4 program if they meet all criteria, including two consecutive years in Phase I). Students that are applying for the accelerated 3-year option must have an SAT score greater than or equal to 1340 or ACT scores greater than or equal to 28; and have a high school GPA greater than 3.7

Provisional Acceptance at the Mount: After proper application materials are in, accepted students receive a letter of provisional (early) acceptance. The student then completes all required courses at the Mount, including all core courses, noting the following requirements: the provisional student may not apply to another medical school; must be a full-time student in all semesters; and there are additional GPA requirements.

Final Acceptance to LECOM: Students who are accepted through this program will not have to take the MCAT if they meet the Academic Index Score requirements as set out by LECOM. Criteria for scoring comes from undergraduate GPA and SAT/ACT scores. In addition to the required AIS scores, students must provide proper SAT/ACT score documentation to LECOM and have a passing grade in both Genetics (BIOL 221 Genetics (4) ) and Biochemistry (BIOCH 405 Biochemistry I (4) ). More information can be requested from http://healthprofessions@msmary.edu. Students that choose to take the MCAT must score a 500 or better in only one attempt. The application to LECOM must be completed through the LECOM on-line College of Medicine Application by November 1st of the year prior to LECOM matriculation (senior for the 4/4 program and junior for the 3/4 program). Up to 5 students each year may be accepted into the LECOM DO program during the spring of senior year upon satisfying all entrance requirements. Accepted students will receive an admission letter from LECOM in spring semester of their senior year.

By the conclusion of Phase One students will complete the following courses at the Mount: all of the core coursework; complete requirements of a major; plus 8 credits in Biology, CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (4)  , CHEM 102 General Chemistry II (4)  , CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I (4)  , CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II (4) ; 4 credits in physics, 6 credits in behavioral sciences, 6 credits in English (the Freshman Symposium may count for 3 of these credits). BIOL 221 Genetics (4) , and BIOCH 405 Biochemistry I (4) . All required science courses must include laboratory work.

Phase Two consists of osteopathic-specific coursework and is completed at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Upon successful completion of the coursework, students will receive a doctoral degree in osteopathic medicine. This program typically takes four years.

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