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Launch Your Career in Osteophathic Medicine With Us

If you want to get a head start on your future in health care, Elmira offers an Early Acceptance Program (EAP) partnership with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). You can apply for, interview for, and secure acceptance to medical school during high school or your first two years at Elmira if you meet the admission criteria. Among the benefits of getting accepted into our EAP program is not having to search for a medical school or take the MCAT. And since LECOM’s Elmira campus is located on our campus, the transition to your graduate studies is seamless.

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Medical Specialty

Elmira provides two options for earning your degree in osteopathic medicine. There is an accelerated six-year degree BS/DO Program (2+4) and a traditional BS/DO Program (4+4). Visit our BS/DO page for details about the different tracks and application information.

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Pharmacy Specialty

Our pharmacy degrees have two options. Pharmacy 3+ Track allows you to complete your undergraduate degree in three years at Elmira and your Doctor of Pharmacy in four years at LECOM. Pharmacy 4+ Track allows you to complete your undergraduate degree in the normal four years at Elmira and your Doctor of Pharmacy in four years at LECOM.

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Dentistry Specialty

For the Dental 4+4 Track, you’ll earn your undergraduate degree in the normal four years at Elmira and complete your Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at LECOM.

For more details about these three different health specialties and their track options, see “Chart Your Path to Your Medical Program” below.

Chart Your Path to Your Medical Program

Medical Specialty

If you decide to go to medical school, you have two track options to choose from.

  • Accelerated 2+4 Track: This unique six-year accelerated program will reduce the time you spend in college, saving you money and allowing you to start your career more quickly. You’ll spend your first two years at Elmira College (EC) completing your general education requirements and taking courses toward a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology. In your third year, you’ll complete your BS degree and start your DO work while dual-enrolled at EC and LECOM. Your final three years will be dedicated to earning your DO at LECOM.
  • 4+4 Track: The traditional 4+4 EAP option means you’ll complete your undergraduate degree at EC in the normal four years. Provided you maintain the required GPA and other requirements, you’ll enter LECOM’s DO program in July following your EC graduation. You’ll complete your DO work in four years at LECOM.

Pharmacy Specialty

If you decide to specialize in pharmacy, you have two track options to choose from.

  • Accelerated 3+ Track: You’ll complete three years of undergraduate study at Elmira. Provided you maintain the required GPA and other requirements, you’ll enter LECOM’s Pharmacy program in August following the end of your third year. You’ll complete your Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) work in four years at LECOM. You can also earn your bachelor’s degree by utilizing credits from the courses taken while at LECOM.
  • 4+ Track: This track means you’ll complete your undergraduate degree at Elmira in the normal four years. Provided you maintain the required GPA and other requirements, you’ll enter LECOM’s Pharmacy program in August following your EC graduation. You’ll complete your Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) work in four years at LECOM.

Dentistry Specialty

For the Dental 4+4 track, you’ll complete your undergraduate degree at EC in the normal four years. Provided you maintain the required GPA, achieve a passing score on the Dental Admission Test (DAT), and complete other requirements, you’ll enter LECOM’s Dental program in July following your EC graduation. You’ll complete your Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) work in four years at LECOM.

 

Application Requirements

Elmira offers pre-health students many unique learning paths to invest in their future. Interested? See our application requirements below and apply today! 

  • Have your high school guidance counselor send your official transcript, including senior year courses and grades to date.
  • Submit one academic letter of recommendation completed by a teacher or school counselor.
  • Have your official SAT and/or ACT scores sent to Elmira College (if applicable). As a test-optional institution, we do not require the SAT or ACT for admission.

Go to Admissions

 
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Featured Program: BS/DO

If you know you want to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) and enter an exciting and valuable career, then our Early Acceptance Program with LECOM lets you apply to EC and medical school at the same time. Get the details here.

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Ace Your LECOM Interview

Preparation is key to having a good interview. Remember: Getting an interview does not mean you’re being admitted to the program. Consider these tips:

  • Dress the part: Dress professionally and use common sense when you're choosing your wardrobe and accessories.
  • Do your research: Learn about the specific program being offered at LECOM and how it appeals to you.
  • Come prepared to talk ... and listen: Think of pertinent questions you can ask your interviewer and remember to engage. Be aware of your body language, show enthusiasm, and remember: Part of communicating is knowing how to be a good listener!
  • Be yourself: Try your best to relax and let your personality shine. Your authenticity matters—not just your skills and talents.
  • Follow up: Send a thank-you email after the interview, letting your interviewer know you're grateful for the opportunity.
 

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