Grove City College offers Accelerated and Early Acceptance programs to three professional schools offering the following doctoral degrees: Doctors of Medicine (M.D.), Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Dentistry (D.M.D.), Pharmacy (PharmD.), and Optometry (O.D.).
The accelerated programs are intended for mature students who are very confident about their interest in the specific field, have well developed and effective study habits, and who anticipate few problems adjusting to the demands of college coursework, living away from home and a new social scene. Being accelerated, the curricula include little flexibility.
Specific details and requirements for all accelerated and early admission programs are available from the Grove City College Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee.
In addition to these programs, Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College offers scholarship money to qualified Grove City College alumni who are accepted into one of their graduate programs.
Early acceptance programs in Osteopathic Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy
These are early acceptance programs in which students spend either three or four years at Grove City College (Phase I) and four years at one of LECOM’s campuses (Phase II). Students interested in medicine or pharmacy can choose from two tracks: 3+4 or 4+4. The dental program only offers the 4+4 track.
Admission to Phase I of the Medical, Dental and Pharmacy 4+4 programs requires a high school GPA ≥ 3.5, and SAT ≥1170 (critical reading plus math) or ACT score ≥ 26. Admission to Phase I of the Medical 3+4 track requires a high school GPA ≥ 3.8, and SAT ≥1280 or ACT score ≥ 29. Students must also be approved by the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee.
Admission to Phase II of all three programs is contingent upon students continuing to meet specific requirements as set forth by LECOM.
LECOM also offers a 3+3 or 4+3 Primary Care Scholars Pathway for Medical Students that are committed to Primary Health Care.
Students following a 3+4 track will be awarded a bachelor’s degree after completing the first year of study at one of LECOM’s three campuses in Pennsylvania (Erie, Seton Hill) or Florida (Bradenton).
This is an accelerated program in which students spend three years at Grove City College (Phase I) and four years (Phase II) at Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry (Salus/PCO). After completing the first year of study at Salus students are awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Students interested in this program will apply to Phase I after completing their first year at Grove City College but before starting their second year. Admission to Phase I is guided by the following criteria:
• SAT score of 1150 (re-centered, critical reading + math)
• Cumulative GPA at Grove City College ≥ 3.0
• Evidence of scholarly and professional potential and desire to become a primary health care provider
• Approval by the Grove City College Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee
Admission to Phase II occurs between July 1 and Sept. 1 after the second year at Grove City College. Students applying for admission to Phase II must continue to meet certain criteria specified by Salus/PCO.
Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College, in partnership with Grove City College, offers the Heinz College-Grove City College Alumni Scholarship. This provides qualified Grove City College alumni with scholarship support while attending the Heinz College as a full-time graduate student. Eligible students will receive a minimum of $6,000 per semester. Heinz College offers several master’s degrees including one in Healthcare Policy & Management.