Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) (B.S./D.O.)
From High School to Med School
Earn Your Bachelor's and Medical Degree Right Here on the Hill
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are fully licensed physicians who practice a unique whole-person approach to healthcare. If you are interested in a premed program in osteopathic medicine, Seton Hill offers you the special benefit of having the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) right here on our campus. As a new Seton Hill biology or biochemistry major, you can apply for a seat in that medical school at the same time you apply to Seton Hill. If accepted, you can earn both an undergraduate degree and a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree right here on the Hill – in as little as seven years.
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Why Choose the Seton Hill/LECOM Osteopathic Medicine Program?
As a student in this program, you will spend three or four years at Seton Hill:
- learning the science that supports the practice of osteopathic medicine, using advanced technology in state-of-the-art facilities like the Boyle Health Sciences Center
- building confidence, as expert faculty and career professionals work with you one-on-one to keep you moving toward your goals
- studying in the liberal arts, to ensure that you have a broad knowledge base that will support you in the years to come
Then, you’ll move directly into LECOM at Seton Hill, where you’ll benefit from programs of excellence in education, research, clinical care and community service.
How the Combined Bachelor’s/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program Works
Phase I - Undergraduate Study at Seton Hill
If accepted, you will begin Phase I of the program at Seton Hill as a biology or biochemistry major. If you are a biology major, you have the option of completing your undergraduate education at Seton Hill in an accelerated three-year format or in the traditional four-year program. Biochemistry majors take four years to finish their Phase I undergraduate study.
Phase II - Medical School
If you fulfill the requirements for Phase I of the cooperative degree program, you can then begin Phase II: four years of study at LECOM at Seton Hill.
Students successfully completing both phases of the cooperative degree program receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hill and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Employment of physicians and surgeons is projected to grow faster than the average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While osteopathic physicians work in all medical fields, more than 50% of active DOs practice in the primary care specialties of family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics. The average median pay for physicians and surgeons in 2017 was $208,000.
Career services at Seton Hill are a lifetime benefit. Our award-winning Career and Professional Development Center will help you with career planning while you’re at Seton Hill, and will remain available to you throughout your time at LECOM and after – for as long as you need it.
The courses you take and requirements for admission differ slightly depending on the program format you choose. Click on the appropriate option below to find out more.
Osteopathic Medicine – Biology 3 + 4 (3 years at Seton Hill, 4 years at LECOM)
Osteopathic Medicine - Biology 4 +4 (4 years at Seton Hill, 4 years at LECOM)
Osteopathic Medicine – Biochemistry 4 + 4 (4 years at Seton Hill, 4 years at LECOM)