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To apply for one of these combined programs, please visit the Admissions Office website.

For admissions-related questions please call 610-758-3100 or identify your regional representative.

For questions related to curriculum, program requirements, and student life, please contact Career Services at 610-758-3710 or careerservices@lehigh.edu.

Please note that there is a supplemental application form for the medical and dental programs. There is not a supplemental form for the optometry program.

Combined-degree programs

Application for admission to the program is made through Lehigh Office of Admissions. Criteria for Admissions includes:

  • Official SAT or ACT scores
  • Scholastic achievement
  • Maturity
  • Motivation for medicine
  • Deadline for applying is November 15th (Medicine only)
  • Deadline for applying for Dentistry and Optometry is
    January 1st.
  • SAT subject tests are not required, but students are strongly encouraged to take Math (level I or II) and Chemistry

Completed applications are reviewed by the Office of Admissions.

Interviews are not required at Lehigh, but students are encouraged to make arrangements to come to campus to have an interview and to become better acquainted with Lehigh and the special features of the program.

Combined-Degree Program in Medicine

In cooperation with Drexel University College of Medicine the university offers an accelerated program that enables selected students to earn both the bachelors of Arts degree in premedical science and the M.D. degree after seven years of study at the two institutions. The program was initiated in 1974.

The program includes three academic years at Lehigh during which time credit hours are earned toward the 121 credits required for the baccalaureate degree. The next four years are spent in the regular program of medical education in Philadelphia. After successfully completing the one year at the medical school, students will have acquired necessary additional credit hours for the baccalaureate degree.

This program also requires that students take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Scores of either 9 or better on the verbal section of the MCAT and 10 or better on the science sections or a total minimum score of 31 (with no individual section score less than 8) are required.

The medical college reserves the right to withdraw an offer of acceptance if academic or personal concerns cause the college to question a student’s academic or personal maturation.

Required Science and Math Courses:

Chemistry: Chm 30, 31, 110, 111, 112, 113
Biology: BioS 41, 42, 115, 116, 120, 371, 372
Physics: Phy 10, 12, 13, 22
Math: Math 21, 22 or Math 51, 52 plus one additional approved math course

Required Non-Science Courses:

Freshman Seminar
English Comp & Lit (two semesters)
Humanities (3 courses, 9-12 credits)
Social Sciences: Psych 1, SSP 1, plus 1 additional (11-12 credits)
Writing Intensive

Approved Electives: (12-16 credits)

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Combined-Degree Program in Dentistry

The university, in cooperation with the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, offers an accelerated program that enables selected students to earn a combined baccalaureate and dental degree after a minimum of seven years of study at the two institutions.

The program includes three academic years during which time credit hours are earned toward the baccalaureate degree. The next four years are spent in the regular program of dental education in Philadelphia.

During the first three years at Lehigh, students are expected to make satisfactory progress in the academic areas as well as in the areas of personal growth, developing those attributed ultimately needed to become a dentist. Students must maintain a minimum overall and science GPA of 3.5 throughout the three years at Lehigh and are required to take the Dental Admissions Test with a minimum of 18 in all subject areas.

The dental school reserved the right to withdraw an acceptance if academic or personal concerns cause the college to question a student’s ability to function as a dentist. The dental school also reserves the right to require that students spend additional time at Lehigh if the school feels that this is necessary to insure the student’s academic or personal maturation.

Application to the program occurs when a student applies to Lehigh University. The dental school takes action on the applicant in the spring of an academic year. Final decisions are forwarded to Lehigh University about March 20. The applicant is notified of joint acceptance by Lehigh University. Admissions is based on SAT scores, scholastic achievement, maturity, and motivation for dental school. Application deadline is January 1.

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Joint Degree Program in Optometry

In cooperation with the State University of New York, State College of Optometry located in New York City, Lehigh offers a seven-year Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Neuroscience and Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) Program. Students accepted into the joint degree program are admitted into the behavioral neuroscience major and are simultaneously admitted to candidacy in the SUNY College of Optometry’s professional program of study.

Application to the program occurs when a student applies to Lehigh or while enrolled at Lehigh. Criteria for selection is based upon maturity and motivation; an interest in the basic understanding of the optometric profession; an interest in the basic understanding of the optometric profession; minimum SAT score (see above), 92 high school grade point average, and ranked in the top 10% of the high school graduating class. Or as a first or second-year Lehigh student, a minimum overall 3.3 GPA in undergraduate coursework and in all prerequisite math and science courses completed at the time of application with no grade below a C. A committee comprised of representatives from both institutions selects the students for admission into the program.

Students will spend three years at Lehigh during which time credit hours are earned toward the baccalaureate degree. Upon maintaining a minimum 3.3 GPA in the math and science prerequisites, attaining total science scores of 330 or above on the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), and passing reasonable personal interview standards, these students will be admitted to the SUNY College of Optometry at the completion of their third year at Lehigh. Students must submit a formal application, transcripts, and recommendations at this time. After successfully completing all first-year coursework at the college of optometry, a BA degree on behavioral neuroscience will be granted by Lehigh.

The optometry school reserves the right to withdraw an acceptance if academic or personal concerns cause the school to question a student’s ability to function as an optometrist.

Application for admission to the program for incoming students is made through Lehigh Office of Admissions. Application deadline is January 1. For curriculum information; consult with the pre-professional advisor in Career Services.

 

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