Grove City College offers accelerated, early acceptance programs, and guaranteed admission to professional schools offering the following degrees: osteopathic medicine (D.O.), dentistry (D.M.D.), chiropractic medicine (D.C.), pharmacy (PharmD.), physician assistant (MPAS), physical therapy (DPT), occupational therapy (MOT), athletic training (MSAT), public health (MPH), and nursing (second degree BSN). An accelerated program is intended for mature students who are confident about their interest in a specific field, have well developed and effective study habits, and anticipate few problems adjusting to the demands of college coursework, living away from home, and a new social scene. As an accelerated program, the curricula include little flexibility. Specific details for all these 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 support to qualified Grove City College alumni who are accepted into one of their graduate programs.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Osteopathic medicine, dentistry and pharmacy
Students spend a minimum of two years as a full-time student at Grove City College (Phase I) and three or 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 offers the 4+4 track. Students choosing a 3+4 track must have completed a minimum of 96 credit hours if they plan to use their first year of credits at LECOM towards their bachelor’s degree. (GCC requires 96 credit hours.)
Admission to Phase I of the medical, dental, and pharmacy 4+4 programs for high school applicants requires an SAT score ≥ 1240 on a single exam or ACT composite score ≥ 26 on a single exam, and a high school un-weighted GPA ≥ 3.5. Students must also be approved by the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee.
Admission to Phase I of the medical and pharmacy 3+4 programs for high school applicants requires an SAT score ≥ 1340 on a single exam or ACT composite score ≥ 28 on a single exam, and a high school un-weighted GPA ≥ 3.7.
Admission to Phase II of all three programs is contingent upon the student's continuing ability 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 four campuses: Erie or Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania, Bradenton, Florida, or Elmira, NY.
Current college students interested in the early acceptance program should contact Mrs. Leonard, director of academic advising at LeonardMK@gcc.edu for admissions information.
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has established a “Sophomore Guaranteed Admissions Program” (GAP) for select undergraduate students at Grove City College. Eligible students are guaranteed a minimum scholarship award of $5,000 per year for up to two years. Grove City College will notify qualified students during their second year of undergraduate education regarding their eligibility for the program. Students are assured admission and scholarship money provided they continue to meet the specified criteria.
Up to two seats will be reserved every year in each of the following programs for currently enrolled Grove City College students who have a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or above (OTD and DPT), a science GPA f 3.4 or above (MPAS) and meet all other required criteria*.
Students interested in occupational or physical therapy with a Centralized Application Service (CAS)-calculated cumulative GPA ≥ 3.3, a pre-requisite GPA of 3.3 or above (OTD and DPT), and who satisfy all other criteria* will be guaranteed an interview for consideration into those programs.
*See www.chatham.edu/mpas, www.chatham.edu/ot, www.chatham.edu/dpt
Each academic year, a maximum of four Grove City College graduates who have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 and have met all application and pre-requisite coursework requirements, will be guaranteed admission to the M.S. in Athletic Training program.
Duquesne University School of Nursing
Every year, qualified students are guaranteed admission into the School of Nursing Second Degree BSN program. Students can choose either the 3+1 or 4+1 program.
Students choosing the 3+1 option must meet the requirements of the Grove City College Medical Option Plan, have a minimum GPA of a 3.0, and meet all other admission criteria. Students successfully completing the three-year option plan at Grove City and the first 32 credits at Duquesne will be awarded a baccalaureate degree. There are 25 guaranteed seats for eligible students interested in this track.
Students following the 4+1 track who obtain a B.S. or B.A. degree from Grove City College and satisfy all the Admission criteria are eligible for acceptance into program. Ten seats are available in the 4+1 program. Details are available at the Duquesne University School of Nursing website.
Students applying to Liberty’s Master of Public Health, a CEPH accredited degree program, will be accepted provided they have completed their bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA). Please note that a 3.0 GPA and passing of a required competency exam is required for graduation from the MPH program. Students’ initial requirements and placement exams are determined by previous academic experience with public health and statistics, as well as their transferring or graduating GPA.
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Students with a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Biology Health or in Exercise Science and who satisfy all admissions requirements will be accepted into the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program.
Slippery Rock University
Grove City College and Slippery Rock University have an articulation agreement to allow qualified students entrance into their Master of Science in Athletic Training program. A minimum of two students each year will be admitted providing they meet all specified admission requirements.
University of Pittsburgh
Grove City College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing’s articulation agreement offers qualified students the opportunity to enroll in an Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program (ASBN) which allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at an accelerated pace. The School of Nursing will accept up to 10 qualified students each year.
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Qualified students will have an opportunity to interview for admission to Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM). Students must meet the criteria of admission as posted annually on the on the LUCOM website.
University of Mount Union
Grove City College and Mount Union University have entered into an agreement for the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). Students with a bachelor’s degree, who meet the articulation criteria and apply to the University of Mount Union through PTCAS, will be ensured an invitation to DPT Interview Days at Mount Union.
West Virginia University School of Medicine
The West Virginia University School of Medicine (WVU SoM) has established a Memorandum of Understanding with Grove City College for a Pre-Medical Track Program giving qualified students the opportunity to obtain a M.D. degree from WVU SoM.
Undergraduate students may apply for the Pre-Medical Track Program in their sophomore year and must maintain a 3.5 overall and science grade point average (GPA), achieve a minimum Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score of 506 with a minimum sub-score in any one area of no less than 126, and satisfy all other admission requirements.
Applicants who are successful in maintaining good academic standing and fulfilling the requirements of the program will be guaranteed an interview for their medical school application cycle.
Baylor University: Physical Therapy
Baylor University has guaranteed consideration of our applicants for its Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
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 $7,500 per semester.
The unique co-location of their two schools, the School of Public Policy and Management and the School of Information Systems and Management, offers opportunities for collaboration that simply cannot be duplicated elsewhere. The Heinz College also offers two groundbreaking Joint Degree Programs with the CMU College of Fine Arts. Their faculty and students know that exciting things happen when disciplines collide, when differing perspectives encounter one another. Find out more.
For more information about these programs and preparing for pre-health careers at Grove City College, contact:
Dr. Charles Kriley Mrs. Kathy Leonard
Professor of Chemistry Director of Academic Advising
Chair of PHPAC Pre-Health Program Coordinator