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Pre-Dentistry

Westminster College (WC) – Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)

4+4 Dental School Affiliate Program

  • 4 years at Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA – earn baccalaureate degree
  • 4 years at LECOM Bradenton, FL – earn Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree

HS Students – Qualifications and Application

Westminster College Students - Qualifications and Application

  • Apply to LECOM by end of second year
  • Interview at LECOM
  • Minimum 1170 Math + Verbal SAT or 26 ACT Composite
    • Does not apply if enrolled at WC for at least 1 year and meet GPA criteria
  • College GPA 3.4 or higher

Program Requirements While at Westminster

  • Maintain minimum overall GPA of 3.4 and science GPA of 3.2
    • Warning letter - failing to meet minimum GPA for 1 semester
    • Consecutive semesters with science GPA ≤ 3.0 = withdrawal from program
  • Follow requisite program of study (see below)
  • No grade lower than “C” for any pre-requisite course.
  • No pass/fail grading for pre-requisite courses.
  • Any AP credited pre-requisite courses must be replaced by appropriate courses
  • IB and CLEP credits not acceptable for pre-requisite courses
  • No retaking of pre-requisite courses
  • Summer pre-requisite courses prohibited unless for scheduling conflicts/necessities
  • Up to 2 pre-requisite courses can transfer in; must be replaced by appropriate courses
  • Take DAT by fall of 3rd year at WC Earn a minimum 16 on the DAT
  • Meet with Westminster MedPAC representative each semester to review status
  • Visit with LECOM representative each year
  • Attend LECOM On-Campus Affiliate Day
  • Successfully complete Westminster College degree requirements
  • Receive MedPAC recommendation to LECOM
  • LECOM recommends 100 hours job shadowing in a clinical dental setting
  • Submit all required information and forms to LECOM
  • Apply (via AADAS) by Nov. 15th of 3rd Year at WC – submit LECOM 2ndary app by Jan 1
  • Students in the WC-LECOM Affiliation cannot apply to other dental schools
  • Full-time students, US citizens or lawful residents qualify for the Affiliation program
  • Affiliates cannot already hold a 4-year undergrad degree
  • Students transferring to WC may qualify based on MedPAC and LECOM review
  • Limited to 5 WC students per academic year/class
  • Background check through LECOM – initiate by January of LECOM matriculation year
  • Meet and uphold WC and LECOM character and professionalism standards

MINIMUM UNDERGRADUATE COURSES REQUIRED


6 Semester Credit Hours of English; composition emphasizing technical language
8 Semester Credit Hours Biology including two labs
8 Semester Credit Hours Inorganic/General Chemistry including two labs
8 Semester Credit Hours Organic Chemistry including two labs
3 Semester Credit Hours Biochemistry

LECOM does not require but strongly recommends these courses be taken prior to matriculation:

4 Semester Credit Hours Physiology
4 Semester Credit Hours Physics including lab
4 Semester Credit Hours of Anatomy including lab
4 Semester Credit Hours of Microbiology including lab
3 Semester Credit Hours of Cell Biology
3 Semester Credit Hours of Histology
3 Semester Credit Hours of Immunology
3 Semester Credit Hours of Genetics

Timeline Summary


High School Applicant

Task
Deadline
Responsibility of:
1
Apply to EAP
By June 1 following H.S. graduation
Student
2
Interview with LECOM
By July 1 following H.S. graduation
LECOM
3
Notification of provisional acceptance eligibility
By August 1 following H.S. graduation
LECOM
4
Notify of provisional acceptance eligibility
By August 1 following H.S. graduation
Pre-Health Advisor
5
Notify LECOM student will matriculate at undergrad school
By August 1 following H.S. graduation
Pre-Health Advisor
6
Send letter of provisional acceptance
By September 1 following H.S. graduation
LECOM
7
Follow schedule for existing student starting at #6
Student

 

Existing Student - 4+ Program

Task
Deadline
Responsibility of:
1
Apply to EAP
By June 1 of second year
Student
2
Interview with LECOM
By July 1 of second year
LECOM
3
Notification of provisional acceptance eligibility
Prior to start of third year
LECOM
4
Notification to LECOM of provisional acceptance eligibility
Prior to start of third year
Pre-Health Advisor
5
Send letter of provisional acceptance
Prior to start of third year
LECOM
6
Submit AADSAS Application to Campus Choice
By November 15 of senior year
Student
7
Take DAT
By December 1 of senior year
Student
8
Submit LECOM supplemental
By January 1 of senior year
Student
9
Complete AADSAS Academic Update
By February 1 of senior year
Student
10
Submit letters of recommendation to LECOM
By March 1 of senior year
Pre-Health Committee
11
Send Dean's contigency letter of acceptance
By March 15 of senior year
LECOM
12
Pay Deposit
By date on Dean's letter
Student
13
Send LECOM Mariculation package
After deposit is received
LECOM
14
Final transcripts and required documents submitted
By July 1 of year of LECOM matriculation
Student
15
Submit annual status form to LECOM
Pre-Health Advisor
16
Attend affiliation on-campus day
Student

Questions or for more information contact Dr. John Robertson, Department of Biology, Westminster College, MedPAC robertjc@westminster.edu or 724-946-7044.