3+1 Accelerated Pathway to Medical School for Driven Students
What if you could earn your Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biomedical Sciences from Liberty University, start medical school one year early, and have the MCAT requirement waived? Introducing LU MED 3+1, an accelerated pathway between Liberty University’s School of Health Sciences and the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) that offers a distinct advantage to outstanding undergraduate students who wish to become osteopathic physicians.
There are two types of physicians in the United States who are granted full practice rights in both surgery and medicine. Allopathic physicians (MD) and Osteopathic physicians (DO) must complete four years of medical education, pass two national board examinations, and complete residency requirements in their respective specialties. The most significant difference between these two physicians is that osteopathic physicians are required to complete an additional 200 clinical hours in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM).
Advantages of LU MED BS/DO Program
Qualified program applicants are invited to interview for this accelerated path that offers the following benefits:
- The MCAT requirement is waived.
- B.S. degree requirements are satisfied by the successful completion of LUCOM year one classes (OMS 1).
- Successful applicants begin medical school one year early.
3+1 Program Overview
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Year 6||Year 7|
|LUCOM OMS 1||LUCOM OMS 2||LUCOM OMS3||LUCOM OMS 4|
|Undergrad Freshman||Undergrad Sophomore||Undergrad Junior||Undergrad Senior|
LU MED Program Eligibility
To be considered for LU MED, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be enrolled as a full-time student in the B.S. in Biomedical Sciences program at Liberty University
- Have all prerequisite sciences completed on the residential campus at Liberty University
- Have no record of withdrawals from any prerequisite courses
- Earn and maintain a minimum 3.7 science GPA
- Receive an invitation to the program
- Complete an interview with the LU MED program committee
LU MED Program Details
Can I still receive my undergraduate scholarships to help offset tuition when I begin at LUCOM?
Unfortunately, scholarships and other aid received by LU undergraduates are forfeited upon entry into LUCOM.
Can I still apply for the program if I have a 3.69 science GPA?
No. Applicants must have a 3.7 science GPA to be considered program eligible and must maintain the same until time for matriculation into year one of LUCOM.
What happens if I fail a class during the first year of medical school? Can I still receive my B.S. degree from Liberty?
Liberty University and LUCOM have agreed that the following successfully completed LUCOM courses will satisfy the following undergraduate B.S. degree requirements:
LCOM 1001 = 7 credits BIOL 420 + BIOL 403 8 credits
LCOM 3002 = 6.75 credits BIOL 305 + BIOL 316 7 credits
LCOM 3003 = 6.75 credits BIOL 330 + BIOL 435 7 credits
You may still graduate with your B.S. degree, but only after successfully passing the failed OMS I course.
Dr. Blais currently serves as my pre-med advisor. Can he help me with this program, too?
Absolutely. Dr. Blais is intimately familiar with the pathway and the requirements.
Can I transfer into Liberty University from other colleges the required LUCOM premedical science courses?
No. Applicants for this program must complete their prerequisites science courses at Liberty University. Transfer credits for other, non-science, courses may be available, and applicants should consult with their academic advisor at Liberty University for more information.
What are my options if I change my mind during my first year of medical school or if I fail?
You may return to Liberty University to complete your undergraduate B.S. in Biomedical Sciences degree. Undergraduate course credit will be given for equivalent (e.g., BIOL 420 + BIOL 403 for LCOM 1001) LUCOM courses that were successfully completed. Undergraduate credit will not be offered for incomplete or failed LUCOM courses.
When do first-year classes start at LUCOM?
Students in the OMS I year typically complete orientation the last two weeks of July. Classes generally begin the first week of August.