Bachelor of Science in Premedical and Health Studies: Osteopathic Medicine Pathway (BS/DO)

with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

As an osteopathic physician, you take a comprehensive approach to healthcare, encompassing the mind, body and spirit of the patient. This program allows you to begin your education focused on your career goals, so you’ll be well prepared to start treating patients on the first day of your new career.

In this professional pathway, you have the opportunity to earn a combined Bachelor of Science in Premedical and Health Studies from MCPHS and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, Pennsylvania, or Brandenton, Florida, in seven or eight years. Depending on the track you choose, you’ll spend three or four years at MCPHS receiving a challenging baccalaureate curriculum that prepares you for professional study. You’ll spend the next four years at LECOM to complete the professional education required for the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree.

 

Freshman applicants can view their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page.

Our agreements with partnering institutions require that students complete all of their coursework at MCPHS. For that reason, we are unable to accept transfer students into this pathway program. 

Students complete the first three years of the curriculum at MCPHS University–Boston. The first year of professional courses at LECOM are accepted as transfer credits to complete the remaining year four requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree at MCPHS University–Boston. Students may also elect to remain at MCPHS University–Boston for four years and then matriculate to LECOM, following full acceptance into their DO program.

Year I-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
BIO150L Biology I Laboratory 1
BIO151 Biology I: Cell and Molecular Biology 3
CHE131 Chemical Principles I (w/ lab) 4
FYS101 Introduction to the Major 1
LIB111 Expository Writing I 3
MAT151 Calculus I 3
TOTAL
15

Year I-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
BIO152 Biology II: Biology of Organisms (w/ lab) 4
CHE132 Chemical Principles II (w/ lab) 4
LIB112 Expository Writing II 3
LIB120 Introduction to Psychology 3
MAT152 Calculus II 3
TOTAL
17

Year II-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
CHE231 Organic Chemistry I (w/ lab) 4

Behavioral Science elective I* 3
LIB133 American Culture, Identity, and Public Life 3
LIB205 Health Professions Orientation Seminar 1
PHY280 Physics I (w/ lab) 4
TOTAL
15

Year II-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
PHY284 Physics II (w/ lab) 4
CHE232 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE234L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
SSC230 Cultural Anthropology 3
LIB220 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals 3

Humanities elective 3
TOTAL
17

Year III-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

Behavioral Science elective II* 3
MAT261
Statistics
3
BIO360 Cellular Biochemistry 4

Advanced Biology elective I** 3

General elective 3
TOTAL
16

*Two BEH electives are required and must be chosen from a specific list. 

** Two Advanced Biology electives are required and must be chosen from a specific list.

Year III-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
BIO332 Genetics 3
BIO255 Medical Microbiology (w/ lab) 4
LIB512 Healthcare Ethics 3
SSC495 Evolution of the Health Professions 3

Liberal Arts elective*** 3
TOTAL
16

***The Liberal Arts elective can be any 3 semester hour course in the following areas: BEH, SSC, HUM, language or communication courses.

 Students may choose to remain for their fourth undergraduate year. Their fourth year curriculum would be as follows:

Year IV-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

Humanities elective
3
BIO346 Applied Concepts in Public Health 3

General electives 9
TOTAL
15

Year IV-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
LIB480 Premedical and Health Studies Capstone Seminar 3

General electives 9
TOTAL
12

Total credits to complete degree requirements: 123 s.h.

*BEH elective choices include:

BEH250 Health Psychology
BEH405 Mind/Body Medicine
BEH260 Behavioral Health
BEH341 Biological Psychology
BEH454 Stress & Illness
BEH351 Social Psychology
BEH352 Human Development Through the Life Cycle

**Advanced Bio electives include:

BIO434 Immunology
BIO405 Plagues of the Past, Present and Future
BIO430 Molecular Biology of Cancer
BIO455 Advanced Microbiology (w/ lab)
BIO450 Applied Human Physiology
BIO4XX Cell Biology
PSB328/329 Physiology/Pathophysiology I & II
BIO351/352 Advanced A & P I & II

Approved COF upper level Bio course