Edinboro University renews partnership with LECOM


Students in a lab

Edinboro University has officially renewed its partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) to provide early admission for Edinboro students into the college’s pharmacy school.

The new 5-year agreement expands Edinboro’s Early Admissions Program (EAP), which provides early admission for up to five qualified incoming first-year students in each track of the medical, pharmacy and dental programs at LECOM.

Acceptance into the program offers a clear path to earning D.O., Pharm.D. and D.M.D. degrees.

Since the early 1990s, nearly 100 Edinboro University students have attended LECOM’s medical programs at their Erie, Pa., Greensburg, Pa., Elmira, N.Y., and Bradenton, Fla., campuses.

Dr. Anthony Agostini, one of the first from Edinboro to earn the D.O. at LECOM in 1997, is currently a cardiologist in Amarillo, Texas. Dr. Lucinda Jimenez-McBride, who was among the initial cadre of 2007 LECOM pharmacy graduates, is a pharmacist with Christiana Care Health System in Avondale, Pa.

“Edinboro University is committed to a strong undergraduate foundation that gives our students the knowledge and skills needed to compete for admission, to succeed in graduate and professional school, and to become dedicated, caring, evidence-based practitioners,” said Dr. Roy Shinn, associate dean of Edinboro’s College of Science and Health Professions.

The pre-pharmacy program provides the first two years of study toward a doctor of pharmacy degree for Edinboro students. The curriculum was designed in cooperation with LECOM, but is appropriate for transfer to most colleges of pharmacy.

Students who attend Edinboro’s pre-pharmacy program can earn an associate degree in two or three years or complete a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry in four years. At Edinboro, students must also meet certain GPA requirements but are not required to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).

Following the LECOM pharmacy program, students graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

Edinboro University also offers a 3+4 track in medical (meaning students attend three years at Edinboro and four at LECOM or similar professional school) and a 4+4 track in medical and dental.

During the first three or four years at Edinboro, students acquire important knowledge and skills, following a curriculum that is heavy on the sciences – including those that are required and recommended for acceptance at LECOM.

Incoming Edinboro students can apply for the EAP during their senior year of high school or until their second year at Edinboro.

“I’ve always had an interest in all of the sciences – and combining that with my desire to help people – pursuing medicine is the best career I could see myself in,” said Elena Tran, a Berlin, N.J., native who attended Edinboro University’s biology program with the LECOM 4+4 option. “When I attend LECOM, I’ll see familiar faces from Edinboro, which will make the transition easier.”

For more information about Edinboro’s College of Science and Health Professions and the partnerships with LECOM, visit www.edinboro.edu/cshp.