As one of the world’s most desired professions, medical doctors and physicians save lives every day and ensure the survival of humankind. Students who pursue a pre-medical track gain skills that can be applied cross-culturally and will join an industry that is always in demand.

Students have two ways to study pre-medicine at Alvernia University. They can apply to the medical school of their choice, or they can apply to the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) early acceptance program partnership.

Undergraduate Programs

Getting Started

Where You Can Get A Degree

The pre-medical program is available at the following Alvernia University campus:

Preparing for Medical School

Students interested in attending medical school should contact the Alvernia Pre-Professional Program Advisors as soon as possible upon enrollment at Alvernia. It is the responsibility of the student to research dental schools in which they are interested. Dental schools will have their own admission requirements, and students should take courses needed for those specific programs. The Alvernia Pre-Professional Program Advisors guide pre-dental students to choose the best major and courses, so they have the best chance for acceptance to medical schools.

Medical School Early Acceptance Program

Students who want to become a physician or surgeon take the fast track toward their goal through a special partnership at Alvernia University.

The nation’s largest medical college, LECOM, has partnered with Alvernia University to offer guaranteed acceptance into their graduate medical program. Alvernia students who meet all the academic requirements while earning their undergraduate degrees in Reading, PA, can earn their medical degrees at the LECOM campuses in Pennsylvania or Florida.

Through the LECOM Early Acceptance Program (EAP), students apply to the LECOM Medical School while they are still in high school. Students who meet the requirements in high school are conditionally accepted into Alvernia University and the LECOM medical program simultaneously.

LECOM Admission Requirements
  • SAT score greater than or equal to 1170 (Math and 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 these criteria to enroll into the Early Acceptance Program.

4 + 4 Track

Students must enroll in the Early Acceptance Program by Feb. 1 of their second year at Alvernia University. After completing four years at Alvernia and meeting GPA and other requirements, 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’s degree.

*Students meeting the minimum Academic Index Score (a calculation based on GPA and SAT score) are exempt from taking the MCAT.

Collin Welteroth, pre-med student, Reading Hospital
Learn More
For more information about the pre-medical program, contact the Admissions Office (1-888-ALVERNIA or or reach out directly to:

Ondra Kielbasa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
610-230-5701 |

Eric Recktenwald, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
610-796-8247 |

Program Overview


During their first year, students should talk to the Alvernia Pre-Medical Program Advisors about their plan to apply to medical school. Faculty advisors help pre-medical students choose the courses they need for application to post-graduate programs.

Pre-medical students typically pursue an undergraduate degree in biology or biochemistry, but some medical schools accept students who study different majors. Students who plan to apply to a non-LECOM medical program should check with the schools to be sure they complete the required undergraduate coursework. Students who plan to apply to the LECOM program should major in biology or biochemistry.

Most medical schools require the following coursework for admission to a graduate program:

Chemistry: 2 Semesters

  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II

Organic Chemistry: 2 Semesters

  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II

Biology: 2 Semesters

  • Principles of Biology I
  • Principles of Biology II

Physics: 2 Semesters

  • Physics I
  • Physics II

Some medical schools require the following coursework for admission to a graduate program:

Math: 2 Semesters

  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Statistics

English: 2 Semesters

Anatomy and Physiology: 2 Semesters

  • A & P I
  • A & P II

Upper-Level Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology

Students entering the program with 70+ transferable credits or an associate degree must complete 30/31 Liberal Arts Core credits.

A total of 123 credits with 3 credits in a human diversity course are required to complete a Bachelor’s degree. To adhere to Franciscan values, community service hours are also required. In addition, at least 30 credits at the 300/400 level must be taken at Alvernia University.

Program requirements are subject to change. Contact your admissions counselor for the most up-to-date information.

Pre-Medical Program Advisors

Ondra Kielbasa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Eric Recktenwald, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Office of Admissions
610.796.8269 | 1.888.ALVERNIA

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical doctors and surgeons is projected to grow 3 percent from 2021 to 2031. The median annual wage in 2021 was $208,000.

Experiential Learning

Students participate with Science Department faculty to complete research projects that make them more competitive in their applications to professional schools.


With hundreds of community connections in Greater Reading and beyond, pre-professional students can complete internships in a variety of healthcare settings. Recently, pre-professional students have complete internships with:

  • Tower Health
  • St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Spring Ridge Medical
  • SAI MedPartners LLC
  • Country Meadows
  • Sinking Spring Manor Care
  • ACCPP Pediatrics
  • Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey
  • Digestive Disease Associates of Wyomissing
  • Threshold Rehabilitation
  • Phoebe Berks Nursing Home
  • Feehley Physical Therapy
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital
  • Metropolitan Hospital Center
  • Berks Community Health Center
  • Berks Foot and Ankle
Pre-Health Professions Club

The Pre-Health Professions Club provides a setting in which students working toward careers in health professions can share information, learn more about health professions, and develop friendships with students with similar interests. Past club activities include autopsy observations, health fairs, free health screening services and visits to local healthcare organizations.