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.
Typical Course Sequence
Students in Phase I of the Accelerated Program in Primary Care must follow the Recommended Academic Plan for the Health Professions option of the Biology degree.
|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|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Genetic Analysis||3||General Biochemistry w/lab||4|
|Introductory Microbiology w/lab||5||Approved supporting course||3|
|Introductory Physics I||4||Effective Writing: Technical Writing||3|
|Approved supporting course||3||Introductory Physics II||4|
|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).
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.
|Seventh Semester||Eighth Semester|
|Clinical Human Gross Anatomy||History Taking and Physical Exam|
|Cell Biology/Histology||Neurosensory System|
|Physiology||Osteopathic Principles & Practice II|
|Pharmacology||Healthcare Management I|
|Osteopathic Principles & Practice I|
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.
|Ninth Semester||Tenth Semester|
|Cardiovascular System||Digestive System|
|Respiratory System||Endocrine System|
|Renal System||Reproductive 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.
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).