Combined Degree Programs with Health Professional Schools

Niagara University has combined degree programs with:

The University of Buffalo

Predental (3 plus 4)

This is a combined degree program in dental medicine between Niagara University and the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Students accepted into this program may complete the doctor of dental medicine in seven years instead of the usual eight years.

This program is for students in the biology and chemistry programs at Niagara University. It consists of three years in biology and/or chemistry at Niagara University, the fourth year of the B.S. degree in biology or the B.A. degree in chemistry and the remaining three years at the University at Buffalo dental school. At the end of the fourth year (which is the first year of the dental program), Niagara University will award the students the B.S. in biology or the B.A. in chemistry.

Prepharmacy (3 plus 4)

Niagara University and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have agreed to cooperate in providing an accelerated 3 plus 4 undergraduate/ professional school education leading to the baccalaureate degree in biology or chemistry from Niagara University and the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the University at Buffalo.

Niagara University students who qualify may receive a conditional acceptance into this program based upon the completion of the prepharmacy requirements before June 30 of the admission year. The University at Buffalo may also require a formal interview with a designated interviewer as part of the Pharm.D. admission processes.

Interested students who have fulfilled the prerequisites set by the School of Pharmacy must submit an application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (Pharm CAS) during the fall of their junior year at Niagara University, no later than Dec. 1 (or a mutually agreed upon date).

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Preosteopathic Medicine (3 plus 4)

For admission to the LECOM College of Osteopathic Medicine program, Niagara University students must complete the first three-year phase (phase I) at Niagara University in either the B.S. in biology or the B.A. in chemistry. Following the successful completion of the ascribed undergraduate phase of training, phase one, Niagara University students will continue with the second phase (phase II), under the auspices of LECOM and at associated clinical training sites.

The first year of phase II will constitute the fourth year of the Niagara University B.S. degree in biology or the B.A. in chemistry. Upon successful completion of this year, Niagara University will award the student a B.S. in biology or a B.A. in chemistry.

To be admitted to phase II of the program, Niagara University students must apply through AACOMAS no later than July 15 of the junior year. A LECOM secondary application must also be completed and submitted by Aug. 15 at the end of the junior year and prior to the scheduling the admissions interview.

Prepharmacy Option (2 plus 3)

Niagara University and Lake Erie College of Pharmacy have formed a partnership offering Niagara University students in biology or chemistry the opportunity to enroll in its 2 3 five-year prepharmacy degree program (Pharm.D.). Traditionally, it takes LECOM students nine or more years to obtain a doctorate degree in pharmacy.

The 2 plus 3 prepharmacy program between NU and LECOM involves two phases. During phase I, select students who are in the top 25 percent of their graduating high school class will complete their first two years at Niagara University, taking a specified curriculum in biology or chemistry. They must earn a minimum GPA of 3.2 in the science and mathematics courses, and maintain a 3.2 GPA overall with no grade lower than C to be eligible to apply for the 2 plus 3 accelerated options.

During phase II of the prepharmacy program, students complete three years at LECOM School of Pharmacy where classes run 12 months of the year. Students will graduate with a doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) which has become the preferred educational level for pharmacists.

Applications for admission to the LECOM School of Pharmacy must be submitted to the adviser of the prepharmacy program at Niagara University. NU students must also submit a primary application online to PharmCAS prior to submission of a secondary application to LECOM School of Pharmacy. The adviser of the prepharmacy program will forward the applications to the Office of Admissions at the LECOM School of Pharmacy by March 1 of the year of matriculation into phase II of the 2 plus 3 accelerated pharmacy program. Students will receive official notification of acceptance into phase II of the program after receipt of their final transcript from Niagara University.

LECOM School of Pharmacy will not accept transfer students into phase I of the program, nor will it accept advanced placement credit of science or mathematics courses into phase I of the program. Applications from U.S. citizens and permanent residents only will be accepted by LECOM School of Pharmacy.