Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) Early Acceptance Program

Reserve your seat in the dental school program at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)!

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 (D.M.D.) program at the Bradenton, Florida campus each academic year using a rolling admissions process.


  • EAP application is separate from the undergraduate school application
  • May apply for EAP consideration as a high school senior OR when they have at least two years left for their undergraduate degree
  • EAP application opens in July of the year prior to UHM matriculation
  • To be notified of provisional acceptance before May 1st of the year of UHM matriculation -- complete the EAP application by March 1st of that year
  • Should complete the EAP application before starting their third year of study
  • Apply to the EAP!

After 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 from LECOM 
    • Will be enrolled for participation in the EAP upon approval by UHM and submission of their school email address to LECOM
  • 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.

Free 6-Week Non-Credit Anatomy Course for EAP Students 

Spring of their year of matriculation to LECOM's Medical College, EAP students may enroll in a free six-week, non-credit course taught by LECOM faculty members to set them on the road to success after they matriculate.

General Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Must not hold a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Must have at least two years remaining as a full time student at the undergraduate institution
  • SAT Composite Score of 1170 or higher (on a single exam) OR an ACT Composite score greater than or equal to 26 (on a single exam)
    •  Optional requirement
  • A high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or higher
    • If applicants are already attending UHM
      • Cumulative overall GPA of 3.4
      • Science GPA of 3.2 or higher

Post Acceptance Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Not be part of any other school’s accelerated program
  • Be enrolled in the Early Acceptance Program at UHM for at least two consecutive years prior to LECOM matriculation;
  • Be enrolled at UHM as a full time student and maintain that status throughout their participation
  • Maintain a cumulative overall GPA of 3.4 or higher and a cumulative science GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Earn a minimum score of 18 with at least a score of 17 for each of the Academic Average, Reading Comprehension and Perceptual Ability sections of the Dental Admission Test (DAT). 
  • 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.

Note: LECOM will not accept Pass/Fail grades for courses unless the course is not offered for a numerical or letter grade (A to F);


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 241 or higher** Biochemistry 3 or 4 cr.
ENG 100 and higher Composition I and higher (2 courses) 6 cr.

Restrictions on Prerequisites

  • Courses must be taken at UHM or at a regionally accredited college or university
  • 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 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.

*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/BIOC 441 are CHEM 273 and BIOL 275/L

LECOM does not require but strongly recommends the following courses to be taken prior to matriculation:

BIOL 275 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 375* Genetics 3 cr.
MICR 130/140L or higher General Microbiology 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 or 10 cr.
PHYS 151/151L or 170/170L College Physics I 4 or 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

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


A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASTU-MOSDOH) 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.

Click here for more information.

Application Deadline: August 1st


If you would like to learn more about this program, please schedule an appointment with a pre-health peer advisor here

Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
2425 Campus Road, Sinclair Library 108
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-8646

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