FAQ School of Pharmacy

FAQ School of Pharmacy

Does LECOM offer Early Decision Admissions?

In addition to the regular application and admission process, the LECOM School of Pharmacy will again be accepting Early Decision applications for next year’s admissions cycle.  The Early Decision period typically opens in mid-July and runs until early September.  We encourage you to review PharmCAS policy on early admission prior to submitting your application.  If you have any questions, please contact us at pharmacy@lecom.edu or pharmacyfla@lecom.edu.

Does LECOM have a 3-year or 4-year pharmacy program?

The LECOM School of Pharmacy offers three pathways to pursue the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

  • The Erie, PA campus offers an innovative, three-year, year-round pathway. 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, students attend 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?

Please click here to view the LECOM School of Pharmacy Entrance Requirements.

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. 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 click the link above, or contact the pre-health advisor at one of the affiliated institutions.

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 deliver this information to LECOM.

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. The LECOM Supplemental Application is very brief and requires no additional fee. 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. All pre-requisite coursework must be completed by July 1, 2018, for the August 2018 start date. Students can e-mail the Admissions Office of any changes or updates to their file at pharmacy@lecom.edu (Accelerated program in Erie, PA and Distance Education Program) or pharmacyfla@lecom.edu  (4-year 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 1st of the application year. We will not accept any classes after the deadline.

What are the fees to apply to LECOM School of Pharmacy?

PharmCAS charges a fee to students using their application service. This fee is incurred by the student.

What is the minimum GPA to apply?

LECOM requires applicants to have a minimum 2.7 overall GPA as calculated by PharmCAS.  LECOM looks at the PharmCAS overall GPA, which also includes repeated coursework, 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?

LECOM no longer requires applicants to have taken the PCAT.  Please use PCAT 104 which is the PharmCAS PCAT code for your application. The average scores are 45% in Erie, 45% in Bradenton, 50% in the Distance Education pathway.

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 from a U.S. high school 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?

Students with F-1 Visas are now eligible to apply to LECOM’s School of Pharmacy.  Visit our Entrance Requirements page to see the specific admissions requirements for international students.

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 September 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 September and continue meeting through May to make decisions on files. LECOM makes decisions on a rolling basis. Decision letters are mailed out by the end of October for Early Decision candidates and begin in November for regular decision candidates 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?

Our rolling admissions policy offers students the opportunity to secure their spot in our School of Pharmacy as early as October, through the Early Decision program on PharmCAS.  We address the competitive nature of applying to our pharmacy school by providing students with four separate options to pursue their Doctor of Pharmacy goals:  the 4-year Florida pathway, the 3-year accelerated pathway, the Distance Education pathway, and our Health Sciences Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, which can lead to acceptance into the Pharm.D. program.

What is the average GPA of the students who were accepted last year?

The average GPA of the entering class for the accelerated program was a 3.3 science GPA and 3.4 overall GPA. The average GPA of the entering class for the 4-year program was 3.2 science GPA and 3.3 overall GPA. The average GPA of the entering class for the Distance Education Program was 3.3 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 jkoper@lecom.edu for specific information).

How can I update my grades after the Fall semester?

Each 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! Millcreek Community Hospital, an affiliate of LECOM Health, offers three positions for PGY1 Residency 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 the Health Sciences Post-Baccalaureate program to help strengthen your application if you have completed a bachelor’s degree.

Where are clinical rotations done?

Introductory and Advanced Clinical Pharmacy for the Accelerated pathway are available within a 250 mile radius of the Erie campus.  Students have the opportunity to fulfill their experiential education requirements at major cities like Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Buffalo, Cleveland, and Detroit in addition to sites in other communities.  Florida students have the opportunity to pursue their experiential rotations anywhere within the state of Florida.  Distance Education students have the ability to complete their rotations wherever they reside.

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. Visit our Open House page for more information. If you would like to schedule an individual tour, you may also contact our Erie and Distance Education admissions office at pharmacy@lecom.edu or our Florida admissions office at pharmacyfla@lecom.edu to set up a time to visit our campus.

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 https://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.