Admissions Requirements (Primary Care)

Admissions Requirements (Primary Care)

3+4 Accelerated Program in Primary Care

Phase I - Penn State Behrend

Students will be admitted, on a competitive basis, to the Penn State Behrend phase of the program based upon the following minimum criteria:

  • SAT combined math and verbal score of 1200
  • High school GPA of 3.5 and high school rank in top 25% of class;
  • Additional evidence of scholarly and professional potential and desire to become a primary care physician.
  • Preference given to Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and southwestern New York residents from rural areas, but highly qualified applicants from other geographic locations will also be considered

Application Process

1. To begin the application process, apply to Penn State University. Please indicate Penn State Erie as your first choice for Campus Location and Biology as your choice of major.  

  • Applying for the Accelerated Program is a separate application, as this Accelerated program is only offered at the Erie campus.
  • Accelerated Program applications are due no later than January 15, 2018 for the Fall 2018 academic year.

2. Next, apply for Phase I of the 3 + 4 Accelerated Program in Primary Care by completing this Application Form.

3. Acceptance to Phase I of the program is determined by Penn State Behrend Pre-Health committee members. You will be notified upon completion of this process.

If you have any questions, you may contact:

Dr. Todd Cook, Coordinator of Pre-Health Advising at or call 814-898-6292.

Since admission to the program is granted on a competitive basis and there are a limited number of openings, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible. Admission to Phase I grants the successful applicant conditional acceptance into Phase II. Acceptance into Phase II is based on the conditions outlined herein and is administered by LECOM.

Phase II - LECOM

Final acceptance of candidates to Phase II of the program will be determined by LECOM. Students must apply through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOMAS) to LECOM by August 30 beginning the third year. A LECOM Secondary Application must be completed prior to scheduling an admissions interview. Letters of recommendation and supporting documentation must be submitted for LECOM review.

To gain acceptance, students must successfully have completed the specific course work described below (or as amended). The minimal overall grade point average at Penn State Behrend must be a 3.3 (A=4.0). The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores must be 7 or better in each subtest with an overall score of 24 or better.

Student inquiries for information regarding application status should be directed to the LECOM Admissions Office. LECOM will inform students of their acceptance/rejection into Phase II of the Program by April 1, contingent upon completion of Phase I and satisfactory performance on the MCAT.