Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) Early Acceptance Program

LECOM and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) have developed a special Early Acceptance Program (EAP) that grants five qualified students a provisional early acceptance to LECOM’s Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program at the Bradenton, Florida campus each academic year using a rolling admissions process.


  • Separate from the undergraduate application.
  • Application timeline:
    • Opens July 15th of the year prior to college matriculation.
    • Closes April 1st of the year of college matriculation.
    • To be notified that they are qualified for provisional acceptance prior to May 1st of the year of college matriculation, applicants should complete the application by March 1st of that year.
    • UHM students applying for the EAP should complete the EAP application before starting their third year of study at UHM.
  • Requirements
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • Must not hold a bachelor’s degree or higher
    • Apply as a high school senior OR in the first or second year of college with less than 65 earned college credits.
    • SAT Composite Score of 1240 or higher (on a single exam) OR an ACT Composite score greater than or equal to 26 (on a single exam)
    • GPA
      • High school: 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or higher 
      • If are already attending UHM:
        • Cumulative overall GPA of 3.4 
        • Science GPA of 3.3 or higher

After the Application is Submitted

  • 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.
  • After a successful interview:
    • LECOM will notify the student that they qualify for a provisional letter of acceptance. 
    • Will be enrolled for participation in the EAP upon approval by UHM and submission of their school email address to LECOM.
  • The student and the Director of PAC 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.
    • Another interview is not required.

*All information is subject to change in the LECOM EAP Student Handbook which is updated yearly on the EAP Admissions website (Once accepted, students have access)

*EAP Students graduating one year early may enter LECOM's MMS program with a full tuition scholarship (not including living costs); students must maintain certain requirements to keep their Dental seat

Post-Acceptance Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • Not be part of any other school’s accelerated program.
  • Enrolled at UHM as a full-time student.
  • Major in a biological or physical science as a Bachelor of Science (B.S.);
    • Majors outside of this field must be approved by LECOM and the LECOM liaison at the Affiliated Institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher and a cumulative science GPA of 3.3 or higher.
    • Science GPA does not include MATH credits;
  • Grades must be inputted into the LECOM website every February 1st and July 1st;
  • A form confirming students have or have not had any academic or student conduct violations will be due annually every July;
  • Official transcripts are due annually on August 1st;
  • Failure in any class taken will result in immediate removal from EAP.
  • Earn a minimum score of 18 with at least a score of 17 for each Dental Admission Test (DAT) section. 
  • Shadowing (~100 hours) in a clinical dental setting.
    • Highly recommended but not required
  • Attend mandatory Affiliate On-Campus Day Event the year prior to matriculation.
    • Usually held the second week of August
  • Earn their bachelor’s degree by the last day of June of the year of LECOM matriculation.
  • Matriculate at LECOM no later than one year from the original year of matriculation shown on the LECOM Provisional Letter of Acceptance.
  • AADSAS (Directed to Bradenton Campus) opens in June of the year prior to matriculation and is due before September 1st.
    • Supplemental Application due no later than Oct. 1st
  • Letters of recommendation are due by July 1st of the year prior to matriculation and have to be:
    • A detailed evaluation and recommendation from the LECOM Affiliate Institution Representative and one from the Affiliated Institution's physical science professor
    • or
    • Two Affiliated Institution physical science professors
    • (Letters from teaching or lab assistants are not permitted)
    • (Physical science professors include biology professors)

*May be dismissed for drug or alcohol-related activities; All institutional actions and probation or illegal activity must be reported to LECOM

Required Courses

  • Required Courses must be taken at UHM (affiliate university). 
    • Required Courses taken at any other regionally accredited college or university is discouraged.
  • LECOM does not accept credits for LECOM required science courses taken during the summer.
  • Must take 15% or more credits than the required amount of credits to be considered a full-time student (typically 15 credits or more).
    • Less than that amount of credits (15% or more) is a sign that the student has dropped a course
  • Dropping a course cannot result in becoming a part-time student (less than 12 credits).
  • CLEP may not be used to satisfy any of the minimum requirements.
  • No grade lower than “C” will be accepted.
  • Credit for Pass/Fail courses will not be accepted.
    • LECOM will not accept Pass/Fail grades for courses unless the course is not offered for a numerical or letter grade (A to F)
  • LECOM may accept AP credits if the student scores a four (4) or five (5) on the AP exam. When AP credits are accepted by LECOM, a replacement course applicable to the field of medicine or a course of similar academic rigor, if approved by the PAC Director, must be taken at UHM.
BIOL 171/171L and 172/172L Introduction to Biology I and II 8 cr.
CHEM 161/161L and 162/162L* General Chemistry I and II 8 cr.
CHEM 272/272L and 273/273L Organic Chemistry I and II 10 cr.
BIOC 141 or higher** Biochemistry 3-4 cr.
ENG 100 and higher*** Composition I and higher (2 courses) 6 cr.

*If you are planning on taking a chemistry or math course for the first time, please make sure to fulfill the placement exam requirement prior to registration.

**Please note that the prerequisites for BIOL 402 are CHEM 273 and BIOL 275/L.

***LECOM may accept AP credits if the student scores a four (4) or five (5) on the AP exam.

    • When AP credits are accepted by LECOM, a replacement course applicable to the field of dental medicine or a course of similar academic rigor, if approved by the PAC Director, must be taken at UHM.

Strongly Recommended Courses

BIOL 275 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 375* Genetics 3 cr.
Microbiology (e.g. MICR 130/140L or 351/351L) Microbiology 4-5 cr.
MICR/MCB 461** Immunology 3 cr.
PHYL 141/141L and 142/142L (or PHYL 301/301L and 302/302L***) Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II 8-10 cr.
PHYS 151/151L or 170/170L College Physics I 4-5 cr.

Histology is also strongly recommended prior to matriculation but is not offered at UHM.

*Please note that the prerequisite for BIOL 375 is BIOL 275.

**Please note that the prerequisite for MICR/MCB 461 is MICR 351 or BIOL 172.

***Please note that the prerequisites for PHYL 301 are BIOL 171 and 172 and CHEM 161 or any BIOC course.

Four-Year Sample Plans

An Associated American Dental School Application Service application is required by November 15th of the year prior to the year of matriculation.


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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
2505 Correa Road, Physical Science Building 214
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-8646

A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health Still Scholars Program

The A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASTU-MOSDOH) Still Scholars Program provides outstanding sophomore-level undergraduate students the opportunity to reserve early conditional assurance to ATSU-MOSDOH.

Program applicants must demonstrate a strong alignment with the ATSU-MOSDOH mission as well as academic capability. Students who meet the application requirements may apply.

Students accepted into the program do not take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). Those who successfully complete the program pre-matriculation interview and their bachelor’s degree are given an early assurance in ATSU-MOSDOH’s entering class.

Application Deadline: August 1st

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