Linkage Agreements

What are linkage agreements?

Linkage agreements are contracts between institutions that provide highly qualified undergraduate students with admissions support. Successful applicants would matriculate in the linkage school in the academic year immediately following graduation.

What does LMU offer?

LMU has established formal linkage agreements with various health professional schools for students who want to accelerate their enrollment into a program. If professional school guidelines are met, students are guaranteed an interview. Acceptance is on a conditional basis determined by meeting specific school requirements.

Currently, we offer three linkage agreements with:

  • Keck Graduate Institute
  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) – Master of Bioscience

    In collaboration with the Keck Graduate Institute, we have developed a pathway to transition you from LMU to KGI’s School of Applied Life Sciences. The two-year Master of Bioscience linkage is offered to LMU College of Science and Engineering majors for a degree emphasizing the translation of basic science and engineering into product development and marketing, while preparing professionals for leadership position in bioscience industries. Students have the opportunity to conduct and create their own research, gain corporate experience, and a paid internship between their first and second year. Student will finish their MBS degree with a capstone Team Masters Project, working on a real-life problem presented and funded by a biotech company. KGI alums have gone to work in companies including: Genentech, Amgen, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Merck, and Genzyme.

    This pathway includes fewer application hurdles including no application fee, early fellowship consideration, and early admission confirmation by December 15 of your senior year.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    1. Complete all degree requirements for the BS in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. (Please contact admissions@kgi.edu for degree program qualifications)
    2. Graduate with a cumulative GPA ≤ 3.4
    3. Complete either a 300 hour approved internship or research in the applied life sciences in a nonprofit, corporate, or laboratory environment (e.g. NSF-REU)

    Steps to take before November 15th of your senior year at LMU:

    1. Attend a vistitation day at KGI (visit http://www.kgi.edu for dates)
    2. Develop a curriculum plan to ensure your eligibility with your academic advisor
    3. Submit an online application before December 1st
    4. Provide KGI with verification of your completed internship experience and hours.
    5. Request a letter from Health Professions Advisor, Courtney Klipp, to verify your eligibility (needed for your application).
  • Western University of Health Sciences – College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP)

    Located in downtown Pomona, California, WesternU is one of the largest graduate schools for health professions in California. An early conditional acceptance into the college of osteopathic medicine is offered to students who meet the obligations of the linkage contract.

    The linkage agreement is designed to attract specific types of students to WesternU/COMP:

    1. LMU students must be in sophomore standing in having taken 4 semesters of premedical prerequisite courses.
    2. Students with a strong commitment to, and prolonged experience with community service.
    3. Disadvantages students – those who grew up in a socio-economically, educationally or medically disadvantaged/underserved family/community.
    4. Underrepresented in medicine (Such as Hispanic, African American, Native American).
    5. Excellent academics (3.8 GPA or higher) and those strongly motivated towards osteopathic medicine.

    Linkage expectations:

    • Maintain an overall GPA and science GPA of 3.4 until graduation at LMU
    • Must earn above the 50th percentile for the new MCAT
    • The AACOMAS online application must be submitted prior to your matriculation
    • 15 hours of community service per year
    • Shadowing a osteopathic physician

    Please email prehealth@lmu.edu for an application; the deadline is June 15, 2016.

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
    Early Acceptance Program

    LECOM is a private, non-profit graduate school of medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy in Erie, Pennsylvania and a satellite branch in Bradenton, Florida.
    LMU has established linkage agreement with LECOM in their schools of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy for early acceptance. Students are eligible to apply to the LMU/LECOM linkage agreement program their sophomore year at LMU.

    A maximum of 5 students will be accepted by LECOM per year, per program.

    Linkage expectations:

    • Applications must be completed during sophomore year
    • Student must be a US citizen or resident
    • Must not have earned a four year undergraduate degree
    • Must complete LECOM application online
    • In person interview at one of the LECOM campuses with faculty (regional interviews in CA might be available)
    • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.4 and science GPA of 3.2 until graduation at LMU
    • Students are exempt from the MCAT provided they attain a C or higher in Biochemistry and Genetics courses

    Additional Expectations for Osteopathic Medicine:

    • SAT scores must be above the 50th percentile
    • Complete AACOMAS
    • Complete LECOM Supplemental Application

    Additional Expectations for Dental:

    • DAT 20 or higher for the academic average, reading comprehension, and perpetual ability sections
    • 100 hours in a clinical dental setting (highly recommended)
    • Complete AADSAS
    • Complete LECOM Supplemental Application

     Additional Expectations for Pharmacy:

    • PCAT (optional but recommended), if PCAT not taken, then a writing assessment will be administered
    • Complete PharmCAS
    • Complete LECOM Supplemental Application

    For an application, please visit:
    http://lecom.edu/admissions/entrance-requirements/early-acceptance-programs/