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Osteopathic Medicine (4+4 Dual-Degree)

Our partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) provides you with an early acceptance opportunity to obtain both a bachelor's degree in biology from WLC and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from LECOM.

You will spend four years at WLC and four years at LECOM, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from WLC and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from LECOM.

Getting into a good medical school isn’t easy, but our commitment to personal attention from highly trained faculty, and our partnership with LECOM (a medical school with the most applications in the country), allow students to be provisionally admitted to medical school and WLC at the same time if they have a 3.5 GPA and 26 ACT.

Acceptance into this program means students will not have to take the MCAT exam if they get the right grades in the right classes at WLC!

If you are interested in obtaining a medical degree, connect with your WLC admissions counselor so they can partner you with a faculty mentor.

We've partnered with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

LECOM has grown to become the nation’s largest medical college, with a main campus in Erie, Pennsylvania, and additional locations in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Bradenton, Florida, and Elmira, New York.

The majority of LECOM’s osteopathic medicine graduates become primary care physicians (family physicians, internal medicine, pediatrics, or OB-GYN).

U.S. News & World Report ranks LECOM in the top five medical colleges for graduating primary care physicians.

LECOM is among the most affordable private medical schools in the country and boasts  residency match rates of 100%, 100%, 99.3%, and 99.1% from 2018-2021 respectively.

LECOM is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association.

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Application to the Early Acceptance Program (EAP) at LECOM is separate from application and acceptance to Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Students may apply for EAP consideration as a high school senior or as a student at WLC. LECOM will review the application. 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 they will be enrolled for participation in the EAP upon approval by the Office of Admissions at Wisconsin Lutheran College and submission of their WLC email address. The student 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. A cumulative GPA of 3.3 at WLC is required to maintain provisional acceptance.

Students will not need to take the MCAT if they receive a “C” or better in biochemistry and genetics at WLC and scored greater than 24 on the ACT. Students who choose to voluntarily take the MCAT exam will be required to score at least 500 or risk removal from the EAP.