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LECOM Launches Master of Science in Nursing Program

16-course program is being offered entirely online

ERIE, Pa. (June 1, 2023) – The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) is now accepting applications for their Master of Science in Nursing program, the first nursing program to ever be offered by the school.  The first cohort of registered nurses (RNs) will start January 16, 2024st.

The new program is part of LECOM’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the degree will also provide graduates with a Clinical Nurse Leader national board certification.

This 16-course program is being offered exclusively online and students will earn 45 academic credit hours over four traditional semesters in full time study.  Students can take courses at their own pace, earning 11-12 credit hours each semester, while attaining 500 clinical hours in three clinical practicums over the course of study. Graduate nursing students are encouraged to work with preceptors in their current place of employment and will be required to complete a Leadership Capstone Project.  Each student will implement their project, present their findings at a national nursing conference, and submit an article manuscript for publication prior to graduation.

Requirements for eligibility to apply include an unencumbered RN license to practice in the state in which they are employed, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) by the time classes start with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.  The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is being waived for the first cohort with all applications due by December 1, 2023.

Tuition for the program will be significantly discounted for LECOM clinical affiliates.

For more information on the program, including application requirements and tuition fees, visit the LECOM website at:

Questions and inquiries about the program can be directed to the Director of Nursing Graduate Programs, Dr. Octavia Flanagan at



In 2023, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) celebrates its 30th anniversary. Founded in 1992, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has grown to become the largest medical school in the country. Enrollment in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Dental Medicine, School of Podiatric Medicine, School of Health Services Administration and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has surpassed 4,400 students at campuses in Erie and Greensburg, Pa., Bradenton, Fla., and Elmira, N.Y. LECOM consistently graduates more primary care physicians than any other U.S. medical college while maintaining one of the lowest tuitions of any private medical school in the country. The college is the core of the nation’s only osteopathic academic health centers, LECOM Health, a highly innovative, multifaceted health care and education system. Today over 16,000 LECOM alumni are providing health care to patients across the U.S.

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