New : Distance Education Pathway in Pharmacy

My name is Dr. Hershey Bell, and I am the Dean of the LECOM School of Pharmacy. I am contacting you to announce that we have a new distance education pathway. We are currently accepting applications for this pathway for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.

The distance education pathway is a four-year PharmD program that will mirror the curriculum of the traditional four-year PharmD program in Bradenton, FL. This program consists of a majority of the coursework being completed at home. A majority of the curriculum will be able to be completed based on the availability of the student. However, tests must be taken according to a pre-determined schedule at testing locations associated with the National College Testing Association (NCTA). Additionally, orientation and summer sessions will require students to travel to the Bradenton, Florida LECOM campus. Lastly, a synchronous learning schedule will be published prior to the start of each semester so that students will have plenty of time to arrange their lives around the limited amount of required attendance hours.

Traditionally, LECOM students have enjoyed high board exam pass rates, demonstrating that they have gained a great education at a reasonable cost. Our vision is focused on producing highly-skilled pharmacy clinicians who can serve as equal partners in the delivery of quality health care. For additional information, you may wish to review an electronic version of LECOM’s brochure and/or the explanation of entrance requirements available on our website (

To further assist you in your decision making process in selecting a School of Pharmacy, the following may be of interest to you:

The LECOM School of Pharmacy:

Ø has one of two distance education PharmD programs in the nation, one of the few three-year accelerated PharmD programs in the nation at its Erie, PA, campus and has a traditional four-year PharmD program in Bradenton, FL.

Ø features beautiful, modern, and technologically advanced facilities at both campus locations.

Ø maintains affordable tuition rates at both campuses and is a national leader in offering tuition assistance to its students.

Ø students consistently perform at or above the national averages on board exams (see

Ø offers students experiential rotations in many fields within the pharmacy discipline.

Ø students enjoy very high job placement after graduation and high success rates in matching into pharmacy residency positions.

If you have any questions, you may contact the LECOM School of Pharmacy Admissions Office with a reply to this email. I wish you success in your pursuit of a pharmacy education and in all future endeavors.


Hershey S. Bell, M.D., M.S. (Medical Education), FAAFP

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean, LECOM School of Pharmacy

Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Pharmacy Practice

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

1858 W. Grandview Blvd.

Erie, PA 16509-1025