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3+4 Accelerated Program in Primary Care

In addition to course requirements, to remain in the program students must maintain a cumulative Penn State Behrend GPA of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale and earn a grade of C or better in all Penn State Behrend courses. Students will meet with a program adviser who will provide counseling, evaluate performance, and monitor student progress on application documentation. Penn State Behrend reserves the right to dismiss students for academic or disciplinary reasons.

Phase I

Typical Course Sequence

Note: This typical course sequence is based on a major in biology. If you plan on majoring in another subject, note that to be accepted into professional schools you must have a minimum of one year of biology with labs, one year of general (inorganic) chemistry with labs, one year of organic chemistry with labs, one year of physics with labs, one year of math (calculus in many cases), and courses in humanities, social sciences, and other courses that differ among schools.

Current students: See the Recommended Academic Plans for more detailed course recommendations and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements. Or find other resources on the Current Students page.

Semester 1 Credits
Semester 2 Credits
Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity 4 Biology: Function and Development of Organs 4
Rhetoric and Composition
3 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4
Chemical Principles I 3 Experimental Chemistry II 1
Experimental Chemistry I 1 Chemical Principles II 3
Health and Physical Activity
1.5 Health and Physical Activity 1.5
Arts course 3 Humanities course 3
Total Credits 16.5 Total Credits 16.5

Semester 3

Semester 4
Biology: Populations and Communities 4 Biology: Molecules and Cells 4
Organic Chemistry I 3 Organic Chemistry II w/lab 5
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4 Effective Speech 3
Social and Behavioral Science course 3 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
Humanities course 3 Arts Course 3
Total Credits 17 Supporting Course from School Approved List 1

Total Credits 19

Semester 5

Semester 6
Genetic Analysis 3 General Biochemistry w/lab
Introductory Microbiology w/lab 5 Approved supporting course
Introductory Physics I 4 Effective Writing: Technical Writing
Approved supporting course 3 Introductory Physics II
Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates 4 Social and Behavioral Science course 3
Total Credits 19 Total Credits 17

Medical College Admission Test: The MCAT should be taken in the spring semester of the third year (semester 6).

Phase II

This curriculum is based on LECOM's Lecture/Discussion Pathway, which starts with basic sciences and introductions to clinical education. Beginning first year, second semester, the LECOM systems curriculum integrates basic and clinical science of human organ systems. Lectures provide a physician’s "real life" view of contemporary health care.

Fourth Year

Seventh Semester Eighth Semester
Clinical Human Gross Anatomy History Taking and Physical Exam
Embryology Integumentary System
Cell Biology/Histology Neurosensory System
Microbiology/Immunology Musculoskeletal System
Physiology Osteopathic Principles & Practice II
Pharmacology Healthcare Management I
Osteopathic Principles & Practice I
Medical Ethics

Conferral of B.S. Degree: Penn State Behrend will confer the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology to students in the program who have successfully completed the Penn State Behrend courses in Phase I (minimum 103 credits) and the first year of LECOM's academic curriculum.

Fifth Year

Ninth Semester
Tenth Semester
Cardiovascular System

Digestive System
Respiratory System

Endocrine System
Renal System

Reproductive System
Hematology/Oncology System

Clinical Osteopathic Diagnostic
Applications (CODA) II
Public Health and Preventative Medicine

Medical Jurisprudence
Geriatric Medicine

Human Sexuality
Clinical Osteopathic Diagnostic
Applications (CODA) I


Osteopathic Principles & Practice III
Healthcare Management II

Osteopathic Principles & Practice IV

National Boards of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME): Part I of this examination MUST be taken and passed in June of the second year at LECOM for progression into clinical rotations.

Sixth-Year Rotations

  • Internal Medicine I
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Obstetrics / Gynecology
  • General Surgery
  • Family Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry / Behavioral Science
  • Elective
  • Vacation (4 weeks)

Seventh-Year Rotations

  • Medical Selective
  • Primary Care Selective
  • Surgery Selective
  • Ambulatory Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rural / Underserved Medicine
  • Elective I
  • Elective II
  • Vacation (4 weeks)


The coursework listed above is required for conferral of a D.O. degree as of summer, 2001, utilizing the Lecture/ Discussion Pathway, as mentioned above. A medical school curriculum is dynamic and evolves to meet the changing needs of the students. Therefore, there may occasionally be changes in course content, emphasis, and sequencing.

National Boards of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME): Part II of this examination MUST be taken and passed in the spring semester of the fourth year at LECOM to partially meet the minimum requirements for graduation.

Conferral of the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree: The degree will be conferred only upon successful completion of all coursework, both didactic and clinical, passing both Parts I and II of the NBOME, and recommendation by the faculty and administration of LECOM. Conferral of the D.O. degree will be at the end of the fourth year at LECOM (seventh year of the Program).

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