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Biology and Osteopathic Medicine (Dual-degree Program)

A cooperative program between Mount St. Mary's University and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is available to students who seek to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine and who also want a solid liberal arts education. Pursuing a dual-degree program will allow a student to earn a bachelor of science degree (B.S.) from Mount St. Mary's University and a doctoral degree (D.O.) from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).

Biology and Osteopathic Medicine Dual Degree

There are two phases to the dual-degree program. Phase One is completed at Mount St. Mary's University and typically takes three to four years. Mount students, as freshman or sophomores, or as prospective students will fill out a LECOM application and will be interviewed by a LECOM representative before acceptance in the program.

Dual Degree Program Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen; May not hold a four-year undergraduate degree

  • SAT scores greater than 1170 or ACT greater than 26; High school GPA greater than 3.0

  • Transfer students are eligible if they meet all criteria (including two consecutive years in Phase I).

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 Veritas courses in 4 years noting the following rules:

  • Provisional students may not apply to another medical school

  • Must be a full-time student in all semesters

  • GPA cannot be less than a 3.0 at the end of two consecutive terms

Final Acceptance to LECOM

Students take the MCAT no later than December 1 of their senior year and must receive satisfactory score before they can fully apply to LECOM by January 1 of their senior year.

Up to 5 students each year will be automatically accepted into the LECOM DO program during the spring of senior year. Accepted students will receive an admission letter from LECOM in spring semester of senior year.

Phase One: Courses at the Mount

  • Completion of the Veritas Program

  • BIOL 110*^, 111*^ Introduction to Biology I & II

  • BIOL 221* Genetics

  • BIOL 410 Seminar

  • Biology Electives**

  • 400-level Elective***

  • CHEM 101, 102 General Chemistry I & II

  • CHEM 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I & II

  • MATH 247 Calculus I

  • PHYS 201, 202 General Physics I & II

  • PSYCH 100^ Foundations of Psychology

  • Elective^

  • English Electives (2 courses)

*These courses are an introductory sequence that must be taken in order and prior to taking other biology courses.
**Plus five biology electives with at least one biology elective coming from each of the three categories (organismal / cellular & ecology / evolution)
*** At least one of the five biology elective must be a 400-level course.
^ Appropriate courses in these categories may be counted towards both the major/LECOM requirements and Veritas requirements.

Phase Two: LECOM

LECOM LogoPhase 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.

Declaration of Major and Declaration of Minor forms are available through the registrar's office.

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