School of Pharmacy Frequently Asked Questions

Does LECOM have a 3 or 4-year pharmacy program?
The LECOM School of Pharmacy offers three professional programs. At the Erie, PA Campus, an innovative, three-year, year-round pathway leads to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The students at the Erie Campus attend school year round, including summers, and have about 1-2 weeks off between each term. At the Bradenton, FL Campus, a traditional four-year pathway leads to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Students attend Bradenton for four years and have a summer break; however, some of the experiential rotations take place in the summer (specifically after P1 year and P3 year).  In the Distance Education pathway, the students complete a majority of the coursework at home.  They come to the Bradenton, FL campus each summer for orientation, laboratory sessions, professional identify development, group projects and discussions, and, eventually, graduation activities.  While most of the course work is completed at home, students must be available at designated hours during the day to take exams and participate and synchronous learning sessions with faculty and classmates.

Where on the website can I go to view the admissions requirements for the program?
CLICK HERE for requirements. LECOM requires the PCAT; however an exception will be granted for applicants who will have completed a bachelor's degree at an accredited U.S. four-year college or university. 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. LECOM does not have a PCAT code. Please use PCAT 104 which is the PharmCAS PCAT code.

What are affiliation agreements?
The LECOM School of Pharmacy has affiliation agreements offering Early Acceptance Programs (EAP) that allow qualified undergraduate students to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) in as little as five years from the time they matriculate at one of our affiliated schools. The number of years (2, 3, or 4) required to attend the undergraduate school is determined by each affiliate. At each institution, undergraduate students will complete a specially designed pre-pharmacy curriculum required to satisfy the pre-requisite coursework for admission into the professional component of the Pharm.D. program. LECOM will reserve a seat for all students enrolled in the program and who meet the affiliation program’s requirements for acceptance to the LECOM School of Pharmacy. For more information on the affiliation programs please contact the pre-health advisor at one of the affiliated schools. Click here to see a list of LECOM EAP affiliates.

What are the application deadlines?
Applicants must electronically submit to PharmCAS by midnight on March 1 of the application year. The two letters of recommendation (One letter must be from a science professor and other letter can be from anyone else except a friend, family member, or co-worker. A letter of recommendation from a pharmacist is recommended), and college transcripts must be submitted by March 1 of the application year by midnight in order for PharmCAS to mail LECOM this information.

Does LECOM require a supplemental application?
Yes. 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 within 7-10 business days. 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 1st of the application year. The application will not be processed by LECOM until both the PharmCAS and Supplemental Applications are submitted.

What happens after an application is processed?
All applicants are required to fill out a PharmCAS application and a LECOM supplemental application. Once LECOM receives your PharmCAS application, we will send you an e-mail with 7-10 business days notifying you it has arrived  and provide you a username and password which will allow you to log onto the admissions portal site to complete the supplemental application. The admissions office will process your application within 30 days of the receipt of your supplemental application. After LECOM has processed your application, the admissions office will send you an e-mail informing you that your application has been processed Students will be able to log into their application and see the requirements they are missing. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the admissions office the courses they are planning to take to ensure the Admissions office you will have the required courses completed by July 1, 2015. Students can e-mail the Admissions Office of any changes or updates to their file at pharmacy@lecom.edu (Accelerated program in Erie, PA) or pharmacyfla@lecom.edu (Traditional program in Bradenton, FL and Distance Education Program).

Can applicants apply to all LECOM School of Pharmacy programs or only one?
You may submit a PharmCAS application for any LECOM School of Pharmacy program. If you apply to (and are accepted to) multiple programs, you may only submit a deposit for one program. Once you have submitted a deposit, your application will be withdrawn from the other LECOM School of Pharmacy programs.

When do the 60 credits of pre-requisite coursework need to be completed?
All pre-requisite coursework must be completed by July 1 of the application year. We will not accept any classes after the deadline.

What are the fees to apply to LECOM School of Pharmacy?
A $50 non-refundable application fee is to be submitted along with the supplemental application. PharmCAS charges a fee to students using their application service. This fee is incurred by the student.

What is the tuition for in-state and out of state residents?
Please CLICK HERE for the most updated information.

Where can I find information on financial aid?
CLICK HERE for financial aid information.

What is the minimum GPA to apply?
2.7 (Overall PharmCAS GPA). LECOM looks at the PharmCAS overall GPA, not the breakdown of the GPA by institution.

What is the minimum acceptable PCAT score and what is the average PCAT score of accepted students?
There is no minimum requirement.  The average 41% in Erie, 38% in Bradenton, 46% in the Distance Education pathway.  In addition, students who have, or will have, a bachelors degree by July 1st of the application year do not have to take PCAT – the requirement is waived.

Does LECOM accept AP (Advancement Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) credits?
Advancement placement credits will only 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.

Does LECOM accept CLEP credits?
No. LECOM does not accept CLEP credits.

Does LECOM accept International students?
We accept students who are U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Individuals holding Green Cards or Alien Registration Cards.

If I went to an International Institution do I have to have my credits evaluated?
LECOM does not accept credits from international institutions. All coursework must be completed in the United States from an accredited college/university in the United States

If I took classes at an institution outside of the United States do I have to take the TOEFL exam?
Because all coursework must be completed in the United States, applicants are not required to take the TOEFL exam.

Does LECOM require interviews for Pharmacy applicants?
Applicants being considered for admission will be invited for an on-site interview on a rolling basis between October and May. Applicants are notified in advance via e-mail of their interview date.

How many letters of recommendation are required?
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.

Do I need experience working in a pharmacy?
Experience working in a pharmacy practice environment is not required; however it can be a valuable asset in determining the appropriateness of the career path. Prospective PharmD students are encouraged to learn more about the profession by talking with pharmacists and finding varied shadowing or volunteer experiences that will provide insight into what pharmacists do, the various settings in which pharmacists work, and how pharmacists interact with patients and health care professionals.

Do I need to send LECOM my college transcripts?
No. All transcripts should be sent directly to PharmCAS. If you are accepted into the Pharmacy Program, then we will require you to send to LECOM an official transcript from each school you have attended.

Do you need my high school transcripts and SAT scores?
No. LECOM does not need nor look at high school transcripts or SAT scores.

After my file is complete what happens from here?
Once your file is complete there is nothing else you need to do. The admissions committee will start to meet in October and continue meeting through May to make decisions on files. LECOM makes decisions on a rolling basis. Decision letters start getting mailed out in November and continue through May. All admissions decisions will be sent via U.S. mail. We cannot release any information on your file by phone or e-mail.

What type of student are you looking for?
We are looking for students with a demonstrated ability to succeed academically in the program. Our average accepted science and overall GPA's are 3.2-3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Accepted students also have good communication skills, both oral and written, a desire for a career in health care and excellent people skills. We are looking for students who have a desire for a career in pharmacy and have knowledge of the profession.

Is it very competitive to get accepted into LECOM?
Yes, for the previous admissions cycle LECOM received 1453 applications for 143 seats at the accelerated program in Erie, PA, 1418 applications for 143 seats at the traditional program in Bradenton, FL, and 386 applications for the 24 seats in the Distance Education Program. The average GPA of the entering class for the accelerated program was a 3.4 science GPA and 3.5 overall GPA. The average GPA of the entering class for the traditional program was 3.2 science GPA and 3.3 overall GPA. The average GPA of the entering class for the Distance Education Program was 3.1 science GPA and 3.2 overall GPA. 

What is the average GPA of the students who were accepted last year?
The average GPA of the entering class for the Erie campus was a 3.5 science GPA and 3.5 overall GPA. The average GPA of the entering class for the Bradenton campus was 3.3 science GPA and 3.4 overall GPA.

If I am from out of state do I have a chance of getting accepted?
Yes, approximately 50% of our current student population is from out of state. Since LECOM is a private institution, this allows us to expand our applicant pool to all over the United States rather than focus within Florida and Pennsylvania. There are some limitations in the Distance Education Program due to state authorizations (email lbewley@lecom.edu for specific information).

How can I update my grades after the Fall semester?
In December, you can log into your PharmCAS account and submit your fall transcripts to PharmCAS and update your application. Once PharmCAS verifies the changes they will send LECOM the revisions. It is important for all students to complete an academic update so the admissions office receives the most accurate file.

I am going to be taking classes in the Spring and I want LECOM to know what they are. How can I notify you of what I am taking? In December, you can log into your PharmCAS account and update your coursework. PharmCAS has a section (called the Planned Section) that allows you to add the coursework you are planning to take in the spring. PharmCAS will send the updates to the schools you apply to.

If I do not finish my pre-requisite work by July 1st can I take the rest of the courses at LECOM?
No, all coursework must be completed at an undergraduate institution by July 1 prior to matriculation. LECOM is a graduate level institution; we only offer the professional program in pharmacy. Coursework must be completed at any accredited college/university in the United States.

Does LECOM have post-graduate training, such as a Residency Program?
Yes! LECOM (and Millcreek Health System) offers two positions for PGY1Residency in general internal medicine, as well as a PGY2 Specialized Residency in Geriatrics.  In addition, LECOM offers Masters of Science Degree programs in Biomedical Sciences, Medical Education, and Health Services Administration.

Where do students end up after graduating?
Roughly 15-20% of our graduates continue on to a residency and about 50% work in a community setting.

Do you offer any courses that would help me improve my GPA?
We offer Post-Baccalaureate program to help strengthen your application if you have completed a bachelor’s degree.  Click here for more information.

Where are clinical rotations done?
Introductory and Advanced Clinical Pharmacy rotations may be completed in any state under the condition that the student meets all requirements of that state’s board of pharmacy.

What is the classroom environment like in the distance education pathway?
The 24 students in the program complete a majority of the coursework at home online.  They come to the Bradenton, FL campus each summer for 1-3 weeks for orientation, laboratory sessions, professional development, group projects and discussions, and graduation activities.  Students must be available at designated hours during the day to take exams and participate in live synchronous learning sessions with faculty and classmates.  Lectures are delivered through narrated Power Points (Brainshark) and video conferencing may be used to record guest speakers and panel discussions.    Testing software and the use of web cameras allow exams to be proctored live.

May I visit the campus for further information?
LECOM School of Pharmacy will be holding Open Houses for prospective students interested in viewing our campuses occurring in the months of June and November.

What is the student portal?
When the student’s application is processed, LECOM automatically sends an e-mail assigning a username and password to the applicant allowing access to portal.lecom.edu.This is a secure site available only to LECOM students, faculty and staff. After the admissions office processes the file, the applicant receives an e-mail informing them that their application has been processed and they can visit the portal to view their missing requirements. The portal also allows the applicant to keep checking on their application status throughout the process.

Is the LECOM School of Pharmacy accredited?
The LECOM School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). If you have additional questions, please visit their website at http://www.acpe-accredit.org/

What if I am having technical difficulties submitting my application or logging into the student portal?
If you are having problems, please e-mail our IT department at: issupport@lecom.edu they will be able to assist you with any technical problems you are having.