DMD High School Students

Bachelor's + DMD Early Assurance Program for Doctor of Dental Medicine through LECOM for Current High School Students Accepted and Planning to Attend Messiah University

This program is open to current high school students who are accepted and plan to attend Messiah University and who have met or exceeded the following requirements:

  • High school GPA of 3.5 (unweighted) or higher on a 4.0 scale;
  • a combined SAT score of at least 1240 on the evidence-based reading & writing and math composite requirement (no superscores accepted) OR  an ACT score of at least 26; AND who have at least 25 hours of documented dentistry-related experience by the time of their LECOM interview during their senior year. 
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
Application is initiated by the student through this LECOM link.

Required Undergraduate Courses:

  • 6 Credit Hours of English
  • 8 Credit Hours Biology including labs
  • 8 Credit Hours Inorganic Chemistry including labs
  • 8 Credit Hours Organic Chemistry including  labs
  • 4 Credit Hours Biochemistry including lab


  • The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is required to be taken after junior year at Messiah University.
  • Overall scores in the area of 19 or higher will be expected for the Academic Average, Reading Comprehention and Perceptual Ability sections

Requirements to Matriculate to LECOM:

At the time of graduation from Messiah University, students must reach or exceed the following benchmarks:

  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.4/4.0;
  • Cumulative science GPA of 3.2/4.0;
  • A minimum score of 19 on the DAT, and
  • 100 hours of dental-related experience.
  • The time that it takes a student to earn his/her undergraduate degree from Messiah University varies.  Some students are able to complete the degree in fewer than four years depending on a variety of factors including summer school attendance, AP test scores and college dual-enrollment during high school.
  • Regardless of the timing, the undergraduate degree must be completed prior to matriculating at LECOM.
  • A grade of at least 'C' is required to transfer prerequisite coursework.
  • No required class should be taken P/F
  • Required classes should be taken at Messiah University unless prior approval is granted.
  • Messiah University requires that at least 100 hours of documented dentistry-related experience be completed at the time of matriculation to LECOM.
  • Students accepted into this program must be  enrolled at Messiah as full-time students for at least the two consecutive years immediately preceding matriculation at LECOM.
  • This program is open to transfer students.
  • Provisionally accepted students may not apply to any other dentistry school.  Application to another dentistry school will result in the loss of the student’s provisional acceptance.
  • LECOM will try to honor students’ choice of campus if multiple campus choices are offered.