CSUF Linkage with LECOM Pharmacy (PharmD) Program

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) recognized the growing national need for pharmacists and opened the School of Pharmacy in 2002. LECOM believes that new trends in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum have complementary goals to the total-person, patient-centered care fostered by osteopathic medicine.

The LECOM School of Pharmacy has structured its classroom and experiential curriculum to prepare future pharmacists to provide patient care that ensures optimal therapeutic outcomes. The mission of the LECOM School of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacy professionals committed to providing high-quality, ethical, and empathic patient-centered care to serve the needs of a diverse population. Through the integration of the sciences with critical thinking skills and effective communication, LECOM will prepare future pharmacists to be strong patient advocates and leaders in their communities, in professional associations, and in all venues where pharmacists work from community pharmacies to hospitals, industry and academics.

The vision of the LECOM School of Pharmacy is to be the innovative leader in graduating pharmacists who serve as highly skilled clinicians achieving optimal therapeutic outcomes in all aspects of pharmaceutical care.

LECOM has developed special Early Acceptance Programs (linkages) with California State University, Fullerton that grant qualified students a provisional early acceptance to LECOM’s School of Pharmacy, School of Dental Medicine or College of Osteopathic Medicine at two LECOM campuses:

  1. The Erie, Pennsylvania
  2. Bradenton, Florida

For high school students, a application to the EAP is separate from the application to the undergraduate school. The EAP is also available to current CSUF first year and second year undergraduate students.  This program is not available to anyone with a bachelor's degree or higher. Students may apply to enroll in the EAP by going to the Affiliated Undergraduate College Inquiry website.Opens in new window

LECOM will review the application and, if the student meets the requirements, LECOM will offer the student a list of EAP interview dates to self-schedule an interview. Following a successful interview, LECOM will notify the student that they qualify for a provisional letter of acceptance from LECOM and will be enrolled in the EAP after a student successfully matriculates to CSUF.  To provide evidence of successful matriculation, LECOM requires students to submit their school email address.  The student and the affiliated school will then be sent the provisional letter of acceptance.

Additional requirements, including a final application to LECOM, must be met for final acceptance to LECOM, but another interview is not required. The specific criteria for final acceptance into the programs will vary from school to school, but the general requirements are listed below:

  • High school students: SAT Score (Math and Verbal Reasoning) greater than or equal to 1170 on a single exam or an ACT score greater than or equal to 26, and an un-weighted high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Current CSUF students: Students already attending the affiliate institution must have at least a cumulative overall GPA of 3.4 and at least a cumulative science GPA of 3.2.  Undergraduates are eligible to apply after completing two semesters of General Chemistry and General Biology and one semester of calculus. Students can apply to only one campus. Students already matriculated to CSUF should complete the LECOM on-line enroollment form before February 1st of thier second year of study at CSUF. 

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