Health Sciences Program Leading to the Post Baccalaureate Certificate

Health Sciences Post Baccalaureate Program

LECOM offers a unique educational program intended to increase opportunities and options in science for college graduates. The Health Sciences Post Baccalaureate Program offers a rigorous curriculum centered on the basic medical sciences to prepare students for medical, pharmacy or dental programs. All coursework is conducted by LECOM faculty members at the Erie campus.

Continuing Your Health Care Career

Post Baccalaureate students are encouraged to enhance their education by applying to the LECOM College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Pharmacy or School of Dental Medicine.

In addition to academic credentials, other criteria play a role in the admissions process to professional schools. Successful completion of the Health Sciences program does not guarantee admissions to the medical, dental or pharmacy programs at LECOM. However, the college admissions office will interview students who are successful in the Health Sciences Post Baccalaureate program and who meet all other admissions standards and requirements. We are also pleased to announce the addition of the Pre-Pharmacy Enrichment Program (PEP), starting alongside the Pharmacy Post-Baccalaureate pathway in September 2018. Students in the PEP program are not required to hold a Bachelor’s degree in order to matriculate. However, all of the other entrance requirements, matriculation fees, and application fees apply.

The Health Sciences Post Baccalaureate Program for the College of Osteopathic Medicine with application to the School of Dental Medicine is founded on the following goals and objectives:

Goal I: Acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the basic biomedical sciences necessary for a career in osteopathic medicine or dentistry.


  • Complete a lecture-based curriculum in cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, histology, physiology, anatomy, microbiology, pharmacology and toxicology.
  • Participate in laboratory experiences.

Goal II: Correlate the basic biomedical sciences with their clinical applications in osteopathic medicine and dentistry.


  • Complete a lecture-based curriculum in pathology and introduction to medicine.
  • Complete the Introduction to Medicine course
  • Present and participate in critical thinking.