Healthcare

Pre-Dental


Through a partnership with the nation’s largest medical college, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Alvernia students pursuing the pre-med, pre-pharmacy and pre-dental tracks who meet all the academic requirements while earning their undergraduate degrees at our Reading campus will be guaranteed acceptance into Lake Erie’s graduate medical program at its campuses in Florida and Pennsylvania. 


Partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine


With a growing demand of healthcare professionals, Alvernia and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) partnered to help prepare new doctors, dentists and pharmacists. This special Early Acceptance Program (EAP) with LECOM allows students to apply to LECOM medical school, dental school or pharmacy school while still in high school. Students who meet the requirements in high school are conditionally accepted into both Alvernia and LECOM’s program simultaneously.

About Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine LECOM is a private college with locations in Pennsylvania and Florida. Its main campus is located in Erie, PA, with additional locations at LECOM at Seton Hill, in Greensburg, PA and LECOM Bradenton, a branch campus in Florida.

Recognizing that students learn in different ways, the LECOM Erie Campus is the only medical school in the country that contains five student-centered learning  pathways for the first two years of education in osteopathic medicine. The five student learning styles include: Primary Care Scholars Pathway, Accelerated  Physician Assistant Pathway, Lecture-Discussion Pathway, Problem-Based Learning Pathway and Directed Student Pathway.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Admission Requirements:

  • SAT score greater than or equal to 1170 (Math & Critical Reading) or ACT score greater than or equal to 26
  • High school GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA at Alvernia of 3.4 or higher and a science GPA of 3.2 or higher.


Students already attending Alvernia must meet this criteria in order to enroll into the Early Acceptance Program (EAP).

Medical Programs

4 + 4 Track - Students must enroll in the EAP by February 1of their second year at Alvernia University. After completing four years at Alvernia and meet GPA, MCAT and other requirments, students enter LECOM the following July. LECOM graduates will receive a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree and Alvernia will award the graduate with an appropriate bachelor degree.

Pharmacy Programs

4 + Track- Students must enroll in the EAP by February 1of their second year at Alvernia University. After completing four years at Alvernia and meet GPA, MCAT  and other requirments, students enter LECOM the following August. LECOM graduates will receive a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) degree and Alvernia will  award the graduate with an appropriate bachelor degree.

Dental Program

4 + 4 Track- Students must enroll in the EAP by February 1of their second year at Alvernia University. After completing two years at Alvernia and meet GPA and  other requirments, students enter LECOM the following July. LECOM graduates will receive a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree and Alvernia will award the graduate with an appropriate bachelor degree.

Contact Information

Elizabeth Gardner, Ph.D.
Chair of Mathematics and Sciences

   1-610-796-8247

   elizabeth.gardner@alvernia.edu