PCOM Accelerated Medical Program

    • Gannon University is the largest affiliate program to prepare students for successful matriculation at any one of the three Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) campuses. Since 2003, Gannon has advised more than 70 students who have successfully matriculated to LECOM; approximately one half of these students participated in our early acceptance affiliation program.
    • Gannon University offers competitive affiliation programs with three accredited medical schools, including two osteopathic schools located in the U.S. and one allopathic school located in the Caribbean. Each of these programs provides competitive students with an advantage over students of other colleges at the time of application.
    • Two of our three affiliation programs can be successfully completed after three years of rigorous undergraduate coursework. However, the majority of students earn a Bachelor's degree prior to advancing to medical school.

    You Will Learn

    This agreement with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) allows qualified students to earn a bachelor's degree from Gannon and a D.O. degree from PCOM in a total of seven years. Under the agreement, students complete three years of study at Gannon and then enroll at PCOM. After successfully completing two semesters of coursework at PCOM, students are awarded a bachelor's degree in Health Science from Gannon.

    You Will Experience

    Students have opportunities to become well-rounded, service-oriented leaders both in and out of the classroom, making them competitive for a career in medicine or other allied health professions. Pre-medical students are eligible to participate in independent laboratory research with our faculty, and are consistently competitive for regional and national medical and research training opportunities such as:

    • health coach internship with Saint Vincent Hospital and Erie Community Care NetworkNorthwest Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center
    • Penn State Hershey School of Medicine Primary Care Scholars Program
    • Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program through the University of Pittsburgh

    You Will Achieve

    Physicians and surgeons may choose to specialize in various fields. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following

    • anesthesiologists
    • basic research
    • clinics
    • family and general physicians
    • general internists
    • group practices
    • health care organizations
    • hospitals
    • long-term care facilities
    • obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs)
    • private practices
    • public health
    • psychiatrists
    • surgeons

     

    You will Study

    • Gannon University has a long history of helping a large number of qualified and motivated students successfully achieve acceptance into medical school.
    • Pre-medical students may pursue a major of their choice. However, all students receive expert advising so that they take a balanced and rigorous course load, which includes the fundamental science and mathematics courses that medical schools require as prerequisite coursework.
    • Students may choose to complete biomedical- related courses such as BIOL 307/308 (Vertebrate Embryology), BIOL 320/321 (Histology), BIOL 338/339 (Immunology), BIOL 344 (Virology), BIOL 347/348 (Developmental Biology), BIOL 363 (Endocrinology), BIOL 365/366 (Human Gross Anatomy) with a cadaver-based laboratory, or CHEM 366 (Structural Biochemistry) after completing prerequisite courses.
    • Gannon University and Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, PA have partnered to offer a Community Health Coaches course in which a team of medical professionals leads weekly discussions on the challenges facing community health care in a rapidly evolving medical landscape. Students then intern and visit outpatients as a health coach.
    • Curriculum highlights include hands-on laboratory experiences for most biology and chemistry courses, which are conducted in small interactive group settings of 20-30 students.
    • Gannon pre-medical students may apply to reside in the Pre-Medical Living Learning Community, a residency enrichment program located in North Hall.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization. The following careers receive a median salary of greater than or equal to $187,200.

    • Anesthesiologist
    • Family/general physician
    • Obstetrician and gynecologist
    • Psychiatrist
    • Surgeon

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).