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

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Office of Admissions  
      • LECOM, School of Pharmacy  
      • 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd  
      • Bradenton 
      • Florida 
      • 34211 
      • Phone (Work): 941-756-0690  
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  March 3, 2014

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
      • 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Complete 60 semester hours of pre-professional course requirements from an accredited college or university in the United States.
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: June 21, 2013 
      • Details: Registration will be begin at 10:30 a.m. Admissions Information Session will be 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Admissions Information Session will be at our Pharmacy School located at: 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Bradenton, Fl. 34211 Please follow the link for specific details regarding the event and how to RSVP  
      • Dates: November 9, 2013 
      • Details: 10:30AM - 1:30PM LECOM School of Pharmacy Open House is held at the LECOM Bradenton campus at 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211. Registration is required. Please RSVP to Yomara Lopez-Vega by November 1, (941) 756-0690 or See more at:  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • 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, Erie Campus 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    LECOM is a private, non-profit institution offering professional programs in pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry. The College has three locations. The main campus is in Erie, Pennsylvania with an additional location in Bradenton, Florida and Greensburg, Pennsylvania. LECOM Erie and LECOM Bradenton offer the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree.

    The mission of the LECOM School of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacy professionals committed to provide 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 communications, we will 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 two learning pathways: a year-round, three-year curriculum in Erie and a four-year curriculum in Bradenton. 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. Both 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 an early involvement with pharmacy practice experiences that provides valuable learning experiences for their future careers as pharmacists. This also allows a progressive development of students' professional communication skills, as well as a true appreciation of pharmaceutical care concepts. Strong emphasis is placed on professionalism and life-long learning.

    The College designed its facilities so that each and every detail lends itself to the mission of teaching students how to care for patients. LECOM facilities offer the latest instructional technology. Lecture halls have `smart classroom' equipment with wireless and wired computer network connections for student laptops. 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 learning.

    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 students are actively involved in various community service events. LECOM School of Pharmacy has many officially recognized clubs and organizations. LECOM was a national award recipient of the 2011-2012 Script Your Future Medication Adherence Challenge.

    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.

    An adequate number of off-campus housing options are available and conveniently located near the School at both campuses.

    For more information about LECOM, please visit

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 489
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 143
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 143
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 49
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 37%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 63%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.4
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 143
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 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: 19-36
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 9.9:1

  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
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 94
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 60  94 
      Biology w/labs   12 
      General Chemistry w/labs   12 
      Organic Chemistry w/labs   12 
      General Electives   15  25 
    • Additional Information: 

      General Education Electives should 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 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 1 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 credits will be accepted for pre-requisite coursework with a score of 4 or higher.
      * If you apply to both the Bradenton and Erie campuses you may only deposit at one campus if accepted.  Once you have deposited at one campus, your application will be withdrawn from the other campus.  

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline: April 1, 2014 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        LECOM requires all applicants to submit a LECOM Supplemental Application. Once LECOM receives the PharmCAS application, qualified applicants will receive an e-mail message providing information and instructions regarding how to complete the Supplemental Application. The e-mail message will include a username and password to access the secure LECOM Candidate Portal to complete the Supplemental Application and submit the $50 non-refundable application fee. Payment of the $50 application fee is required at the time you submit your application. The LECOM Supplemental Application is very brief, and LECOM encourages you to complete it as soon as possible. The deadline date for submitting the LECOM Supplemental Application is April 1, 2014. The application will not be processed by LECOM until both the PharmCAS and Supplemental Application are submitted.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: August 2011
      • Details: 

        It is recommended that applicants take the PCAT by January 2014 due to our rolling admissions process. 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 will 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 have not taken 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 and must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations prior to matriculation.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Details: Not required for admission but required for in-state tuition. State residency status is determined at the time of application.
    • 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: 
      All of the prerequisite course requirements must be taken at an accredited college/university in the United States by June 30th prior to matriculation. LECOM does not consider 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: 

      LECOM School of Pharmacy requires two letters of recommendation. One of the letters must be from a science professor. The other letter can be from anyone else except a friend, family member or co- worker. A letter of recommendation from a pharmacist is recommended. All letters of recommendation are submitted through PharmCAS. PharmCAS allows students to submit up to four letters of recommendation. PharmCAS will send the letters to the schools you apply to once they receive them from your recommender.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • 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: 
      • Co-Worker
      • 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? Yes
    • 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 May 
    • Details: 

      Applicants being considered for admission will be invited for an on-site interview on a rolling basis between October and May. 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 Bradenton Campus conducts a rolling admissions process. The Admissions Committee will begin to review applications and consider applicants for admission and mail acceptanc
    • 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 you apply to both the Bradenton and Erie campuses you may only deposit at one campus if accepted. Once you have deposited at one campus, your application will be withdrawn from the other campus.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 2014 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No