Your pharmacy degree begins at JCC
Jamestown Community College and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy have created a dual admission program to encourage students to pursue careers in pharmacy and help meet the demand for new pharmacists.
The program provides qualified students the opportunity to enter a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program at LECOM after only two years of undergraduate coursework at JCC. Following coursework at JCC, students can complete the Pharm.D. in an accelerated program involving three years of year-round study at LECOM's Erie, PA campus, or in four typical academic years (mid-August to early June) at LECOM's Bradenton, FL campus.
- Students can become a Doctor of Pharmacy in five or six years instead of a more traditional eight years.
- Upon final approval by LECOM, students matriculate into LECOM without having to compete in LECOM's pharmacy application pool.
- This is a fast-paced, demanding program.
- To be eligible, high school students must be seniors or recent graduates, must have attained a high school grade point average of 3.5 (92%) or higher, and must apply prior to starting classes at JCC.
- College students may apply for the agreement if they have completed one year of full-time study, have an overall grade point average of 3.4 or higher, have a science grade point average of 3.2 or higher, and will complete 2 consecutive years of full-time study at JCC.
- LECOM reserves only a limited number of positions for JCC students each year.
- Students must not be part of any other pharmacy school’s dual admission program.
- Students may not apply to any other pharmacy school.
- LECOM will not accept CLEP credits.
How to apply
Step 1: Inquiry
Go to portal.lecom.edu and click on Early Acceptance Program Inquiry to complete the LECOM inquiry form. Be sure to list Jamestown Community College as an undergraduate school of interest.
Step 2: Applications
You’ll receive an email with a username, password, and instructions to complete the application. Log into the portal and complete the application.
Separate from the LECOM application, you also need to apply to JCC.
Step 3: Interview
LECOM will review your application. If you meet all requirements, you will be invited to interview with LECOM. You’ll also receive additional information about LECOM and the Early Acceptance Program.
Step 4: Provisional letter
Congratulations! If accepted into the program, you’ll receive a notice that you qualify for the dual admissions program between LECOM and JCC. Once you have matriculated into JCC, you’ll work with your JCC advisor to complete the process and your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.
- While in high school, students can complete required undergraduate courses through JCC’s College Connections or Pre-College Enrollment Program (PEP).
- Students may substitute equivalent Advanced Placement (AP) courses for required undergraduate courses. However, LECOM will only accept AP credits if the student scores a four (4) or five (5) on the AP exam.
- For any required undergraduate course completed while in high school, upon approval by the student's JCC advisor an additional course applicable to the field of pharmacy or a course of similar or greater academic rigor must be taken as a replacement course while at JCC.
- Replacement courses can significantly increase the difficulty of this already demanding program. Thus, it may be disadvantageous to take required undergraduate courses while in high school.