Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Erie Campus
School of Pharmacy

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  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Rebecca M Wise 
      • Director of Admissions 
      • Office of Admissions  
      • LECOM School of Pharmacy Erie Campus  
      • 1858 West Grandview Blvd 
      • Erie 
      • Pennsylvania 
      • 16509 
      • Phone (Work): 814-866-6641 
      • Phone (Fax): 8148666641 
      • Phone (Mobile): 8148666641 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  March 2, 2015

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Quarter (three terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-3 (two years prepharmacy required; accelerated)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: Saturday 11/1/14 
      • Details: Bradenton, Florida Campus - 10:30am to 1:30pm  
      • Dates: Friday 11/7/14 
      • Details: Erie, Pennsylvania Campus - 1pm to 4pm  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
      • Accelerated progression (year-round classes)
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Distance Education Pathway
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:
      • LECOM School of Pharmacy Bradenton Campus - Traditional Pathway Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy- Distance Education Pathway 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    LECOM is a private, non-profit institution offering professional programs in pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry. The College has three locations, Erie, PA, Bradenton, FL and Greensburg, PA. LECOM School of Pharmacy is a single school operating out of two locations, offering the Doctor of Pharmacy degree through three pathways; an accelerated three year pathway in Erie, PA, a traditional four year pathway in Bradenton, FL and a four year distance education pathway, available to students living throughout the United States. 

    The mission of the LECOM School of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacy professionals committed to providing high-quality, ethical, and empathetic patient-centered care to serve the needs of a diverse population. Through the integration of sciences with critical thinking skills and effective communication we prepare future pharmacists to be strong patient advocates and leaders in their communities, in professional associations, and in research activities.

    The LECOM School of Pharmacy offers the professional program in pharmacy leading to the Doctorate in Pharmacy Degree. The Doctor of Pharmacy program at the LECOM School of Pharmacy offers three learning pathways: a year-round, three-year curriculum in Erie, PA, a four-year traditional curriculum in Bradenton, FL, and a four-year distance education pathway.  Students attend a minimum of two years at accredited undergraduate schools and three or four years of professional pharmacy education at LECOM. The innovative, year-round curriculum at the Erie campus enables students to earn their degrees and enter the pharmacy profession one year earlier, but all three curricula offer the same spectrum of didactic courses, credit hours, and pharmacy practice experiences.

    The Doctor of Pharmacy program integrates science and hands-on practical experience. The professional program is structured around an outcomes-based curriculum emphasizing the basic sciences, pharmacy practice and professional experiences. Students are exposed to early involvement in pharmacy practice that provides valuable learning experiences for their future careers as pharmacists. This also allows a progressive development of students' professional communication skills, and a true appreciation of pharmaceutical care concepts. Strong emphasis is placed on professionalism and life-long learning.

    The College designed its facilities so that every detail lends itself to the mission of teaching students how to care for patients. All LECOM facilities offer the latest instructional technology. Lecture halls have 'smart classroom' equipment with wireless and wired computer network connections for student laptops and tablets. Classrooms offer multi-media presentations, and in the larger lecture halls, instructors control and illustrate presentations from a computer tablet at the lectern. An online learning management system is available to augment student education. The LECOM School of Pharmacy curriculum includes laboratory demonstrations and hands-on exercises, which prepare our students to compound extemporaneous and intravenous preparations. Students also participate in small group sessions to develop application, communication, and other skills needed for the pharmacy profession.

    LECOM encourages student involvement and leadership in community service activities. LECOM students continue to demonstrate that "The Community is Our Campus". The LECOM School of Pharmacy has many officially recognized clubs and organizations. The students are actively involved in various community service events. LECOM was a national award recipient of the 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 Script Your Future Medication Adherence Challenges. Off-campus housing options are available and are conveniently located near the School at both campuses.

    LECOM is a member of the Millcreek Health System, which includes Millcreek Community Hospital, LECOM, Millcreek Geriatric, Education and Care Center, Medical Associates of Erie physician offices, and the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center. The LECOM School of Pharmacy is affiliated with over 1,800 practice sites to provide experiential rotations for its students. Chartered in 1992, LECOM's enrollment has grown to more than 2,700 students.
    For more information about LECOM, please visit

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 375
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 143
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 143
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 8
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 90
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 50
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 50
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.5
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 500
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 143
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 143
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.7
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.7
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 18-53
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 10:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 60
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 27
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 60   
      Biology w/labs    
      General Chemistry w/labs    
      Organic Chemistry w/labs    
      General Electives   15   
    • Additional Information: 

      General Education Electives must be taken in subject areas other than the above prerequisites, such as humanities and social sciences. All of the prerequisite course requirements must be taken at an accredited college/university in the United States by the July 1 prior to matriculation into the LECOM School of Pharmacy. The applicant needs to complete all pharmacy prerequisites with a minimum grade of C (70%) in each course by July 1st prior to matriculation. LECOM School of Pharmacy will not accept CLEP credits for prerequisite courses. Advanced placement credits will be accepted for pre-requisite coursework with a score of 3 or higher. International baccalaureate (IB) credits earned at an approved IB high school will be accepted for pre-requisite coursework with a score of 4 or higher. If you apply and are accepted to multiple LECOM PharmD programs (traditional, accelerated, and/or distance) you may deposit into only one of these programs.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline: April 1, 2015 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        LECOM requires all applicants to submit a LECOM Supplemental Application for each pathway to which they apply. Once LECOM receives the PharmCAS application for any pathway, qualified applicants will receive an e-mail message providing information and instructions regarding how to complete the Supplemental Application which  will include a username and password to access the secure LECOM Candidate Portal to complete the Supplemental Application.  Payment of the $50 supplemental application fee is required at the time of submission. The LECOM Supplemental Application is very brief, and you are encouraged to complete it as soon as possible. The deadline date for submission of the LECOM Supplemental Application is April 1, 2015.

        The application will not be processed by LECOM until both the PharmCAS and Supplemental Applications are submitted.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July 2012
      • Details: 

        Due to the LECOM process of Rolling Admissions, it is recommended that applicants take the PCAT prior to January of the year of matriculation. The applicant must arrange for Harcourt Assessment to send the PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS by (select PCAT code 104). LECOM requires the PCAT.  However, an exception may be granted for applicants who have or will be completing at least a bachelor's degree at an accredited U.S. four-year college or university prior to matriculation. If selected for an interview, a written assessment will be performed during the on-site interview for those previously mentioned individuals who been granted an exception for completing the PCAT. Acceptance into the program will be contingent upon completion of the bachelor's degree prior to matriculation.


      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      Accepted students must sign a matriculation agreement.

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended
      • Details: 

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Details:
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? No
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? No
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.
    • Details: 

      LECOM does not consider foreign transcripts or foreign transcript evaluations.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      please see

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • Employer
      • Pharmacist
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: If the letter follows the institution's procedure.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: If the letter follows the institution's procedure.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • October through April 
    • Details: 

      Applicants being considered for admission will be invited for an on-site interview on a rolling basis between October and April. Therefore, those applying early may have a greater chance for acceptance. The on-site interview will give the applicant an opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and current students, as well as learn more about the School and the pharmacy program.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? The LECOM School of Pharmacy Erie Campus conducts a rolling admissions process from October through April. The Admissions Committee will begin to review applications, consider applicants for admission, and mail acceptance letters as early as October each year. Therefore, it is recommended to apply and interview as early as possible. For more information, please contact
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two to four weeks upon receipt of acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: two to four weeks upon receipt of acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: If accepted to multiple programs (traditional, accelerated, and/or distance), once you have deposited into one program, your application will be withdrawn from the others.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 08/2015 
      • Details: August 6 and 7, 2015 are dates of mandatory attendance for matriculation and orientation.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/10/15 is the first day of classes in the accelerated program.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No