I am a practicing PA interested in applying to the APAP program. What are the minimum qualifications and/or requirements I need to meet?
Applicants to the program must:
- Be a Certified Physician Assistant.
- Have a minimal GPA of 2.7.
- Have completed at least one physics course with lab (4 credits) and one organic chemistry course with lab (4 credits).
- Be US citizens or have permanent residency.
- Have obtained a minimum of 23 on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) taken January, 2015 or prior, or scored in the 40th percentile or higher on the MCAT taken after January, 2015 or have an Academic Index Score of 110 or higher.
I am currently finishing PA school and will be taking my PANCE at a future date. Will I be allowed to apply?
Only PAs with certification can be accepted into the program. Certification exams occur after graduation. As long as you will complete the certification before the matriculating year, you can submit your application. Each matriculating year at LECOM starts in the last week of July. PAs who graduate in December typically take the PANCE in January which would permit you to matriculate the following July. PAs who graduate in August would not have certification, typically until September, missing the start of classes and would have to apply for the following year.
What are the prerequisite courses that I need to apply?
You need to have at least one course of organic chemistry (4 credits with lab) and one course of physics (4 credits with lab). These requirements are mandatory and cannot be waived. Online courses are acceptable as long as they are from accredited colleges or universities.
I took physics and organic chemistry X number of years ago, are they still valid?
APAP applicants have an average of over 5 years of clinical experience. Recognizing this, there is no time limit on these courses. As long as they are at an undergraduate or equivalent level, they will be accepted, providing you have received a “C” or better.
I have not yet taken physics and/or organic chemistry. Does that mean I cannot apply?
The application process is competitive. You can still apply, pending that you provide a plan for taking these courses and will have completed the courses prior to matriculation. However, if an acceptance is offered contingent on completion of the courses, your seat cannot be held, meaning other applicants who have all course requirements completed and accept an offer for a seat may fill all seats available. It is highly recommended to have all courses complete prior to application or by the fall semester of the application year at the latest.
Is there a minimum GPA?
Yes, as with all LECOM applications you must have a minimum 2.7 GPA.
Do I have to take the MCAT?
Recognizing that alternative measures can be used to demonstrate the ability to handle challenging curriculum and that GPA is more predictive of successful completion of medical school, we now consider the LECOM Academic Index Score (AIS) as an alternative for outstanding applicants who have not taken the MCAT. The AIS uses the overall total for undergraduate and graduate GPA in formula calculation with ACT and/or SAT Critical Reading and Math scores in consideration of offering interviews. A minimum AIS of 110 is required.
I took the SAT and/or ACT X number of years ago, is it still valid?
Yes, there is no time limitation.
I do not know if I have the score reports for the SAT or the ACT, but I remember my score, can I email it to you?
Documentation of the scores will be required. Scores can be obtained from the testing agencies. SAT and ACT scores are also often reported on high school and college transcripts which can be accepted.
What is an Academic Index Score?
APAP applicants may apply for admission using the LECOM Academic Index Score (AIS) which utilizes the cumulative GPA in formula calculation with either the ACT or SAT scores. Calculate your AIS score here.
But I took the SAT and/or ACT so long ago, and I have done much better since. The AIS does not justify my academic qualifications.
The formula is designed so that both your GPA and your SAT and/or ACT scores impact your overall score. Remember, that the GPA used is the cumulative GPA. If you have a high cumulative GPA, but a lower SAT and/or ACT score, you may still meet the minimum score. Keep in mind that the AIS is not the only requirement. Meeting the minimum AIS requirement may qualify you for an interview, but does not guarantee admission. Admission is granted after a cumulative evaluation of each applicant.
I have never taking the SAT or the ACT, can I take them now to use in the calculation of an AIS?
No, if you do not have either the SAT or the ACT, you must take the MCAT and receive the minimum score for consideration in offering an interview. LECOM is one of only a handful of medical schools who offer an alternative to the MCAT but we must have either the MCAT or AIS for each applicant.
Can the GRE be used instead of the SAT or the ACT?
At this time, only the MCAT, SAT or the ACT is accepted.
How many students are accepted in the program?
Currently we accept 12 students; six (6) Undeclared seats allow the graduate to seek any specialty upon graduation and six (6) Primary Care seats require the graduate to seek a primary care residency and work in primary care for five years following residency.
Where and when I can put in my application?
All applications must be completed online through AACOMAS. The application cycles opens up each year in May. Due to the highly competitive nature of this program early application is recommended.
The AACOMAS is asking for an MCAT score, but I don’t have one.
In order to bypass this, please try to enter zeros for the MCAT ID. If that does not work, please register for an MCAT ID through www.aamc.org. Registration is free and you will get an ID.
How long does it take from the initial time I put in the application to hearing from LECOM?
There are two parts to the application process. The primary application is put through AACOMAS. It typically takes 6 to 8 weeks for that application to be processed and sent to LECOM. Primary applicants with favorable reviews will be asked to complete a LECOM Supplemental Application. The Supplemental Application is sent to the applicant once all the documents and information is verified. This process can take another 2 to 4 weeks. Once the Supplemental Application is completed and submitted back to LECOM, applicants are offered interviews.
I have submitted my AACOMAS application, but have not heard anything from LECOM.
Once your application has been verified by AACOMAS and released to LECOM, you will receive an email from them notifying you. If it has been more than 8 weeks and you have not yet heard from AACOMAS, please contact them. Once you received the notification email from AACOMAS, please notify the APAP Coordinator.
Can I visit the campus and meet current APAP students?
You are welcome to schedule a visit. Depending on availability and schedules, we will attempt to arrange meetings with current APAP students. You may also contact the Office of Student Affairs to inquire about scheduled Open House events.
I am currently in PA school and will graduate in 2 years. What can I do to make my application strong when I am ready to apply?
Please make sure you meet all the prerequisites as defined above including physics and organic chemistry, and have taken the SAT and/or ACT exams. A strong performance on the PANCE is desired.
Are you ready to apply or have additional questions? Please email the APAP Coordinator and include a brief introduction about yourself along with the following:
- ACT with date and score
- SAT with date, score: CR, M & W
- PANCE with date, score, and percentile
- PANRE with date, score, and percentile
Field of medicine in which you plan to practice