Admissions Requirements (Osteopathic Medicine)

3+4 Accelerated Program in Osteopathic Medicine

Please note that because of circumstances prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn State has adopted a test-optional admission policy for the 2023 application cycle. While test scores will not be required for general admission, they will be a required application component for phase I of the 3+4 Accelerated Programs (Osteopathic Medicine, Optometry, and Pharmacy) and Penn State College of Medicine Early Assurance Program.

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 Reasoning of 1340 or higher, or an ACT Composite score greater than or equal to 28 on a single exam or higher
  • High school GPA of 3.7 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 also will be considered.

Application Process

  1. To begin the application process, apply to Penn State University. Please indicate Penn State Behrend 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, 2023, for the Fall 2023 academic year.
  2. Next, apply for Phase I of the 3+4 Accelerated Program in Osteopathic Medicine by completing this Application Form.
  3. Acceptance into Phase I of the program will be determined jointly by Penn State Behrend and LECOM. As such, students also must apply to enroll in the EAP by following the link "Affiliated Undergraduate College Inquiry" found on the My LECOM Portal.
  4. Admission into Phase I of the 3+4 Accelerated Program in Osteopathic Medicine is granted on a competitive basis. Following the January 15 deadline for application submission, the Pre-Health Committee will meet to determine which applicants will be offered admission into Phase I of the program. All applicants will be contacted to inform them of the committee's decision regarding their application.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Pre-Health Committee at [email protected].

Please note: Admission into Phase I of the program grants the successful applicant conditional acceptance into Phase II. However, acceptance into Phase II is based on the conditions outlined herein and is administered by LECOM.

Phase II – LECOM

To gain acceptance into Phase II, students must have successfully completed the specific course work at Penn State Behrend (minimum of 103 credits) and must have a cumulative overall GPA of 3.4 or higher and a science GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Penn State Behrend will confer the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology upon the successful completion of the Penn State Behrend courses in Phase I (minimum of 103 credits) and the first year of LECOM's academic curriculum.

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.