• Gannon University offers competitive affiliation programs with both osteopathic and allopathic medical schools: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), and University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS). Each of these programs provides competitive students with an advantage over students of other colleges at the time of application.
    • Three of our four affiliation programs allow the student to complete the undergraduate phase of the program in three years rather than four, although the majority of students choose to complete a bachelor’s degree prior to attending professional school.
    • Recent Gannon graduates are pursuing medical degrees at the following institutions: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ross University, St. George’s University, University at Buffalo, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, Thomas Jefferson University, Ohio University, and Trinity School of Medicine.

    You Will Learn

    Physicians examine patients, collect medical histories, prescribe treatments or medications and order and interpret tests in order to diagnose and treat illness and injuries in patients. Our small class sizes, high-quality academics and customized curricula collectively create a strong foundation for students preparing to apply to medical school. Students are able to complete the necessary prerequisite coursework and major in a degree of their choosing (most commonly biology, chemistry or biochemistry). Students are provided with expert advising and numerous resources as they work toward becoming a competitive professional school applicant.

    You Will Experience

    Gannon University’s pre-medical students have the opportunity to become well-rounded leaders both in and out of the classroom. Their involvement in service and scholarship activities prepares them for a career in the health professions. Pre-medical students are eligible to participate in:

    • Gannon faculty-led research.  
    • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), a program sponsored by the NSF.  
    • shadowing opportunities coordinated by the Career Exploration and Development Office.  
    • workshops reviewing the application process, personal statements, interviewing, etc.  
    • Community Health Coaches, a course and internship led by a team of medical professionals from Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie.  
    • Partners in Patient Care, a program where Gannon University students are hired as Patient Care Technicians at UPMC Hamot.  
    • The Penn State College of Medicine Primary Care Scholars Program, an opportunity for qualified students to gain exposure to medical school and learn about the current issues regarding primary health care  
    • Health Professions Theme Community, a residency enrichment program located in North Hall.  

    You Will Achieve

    Physicians may choose to specialize in various fields. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • anesthesiology  
    • family and general medicine  
    • general pediatrics  
    • internal medicine  
    • obstetrics and gynecology   
    • public health  
    • psychiatry  
    • surgery  
    Physicians may also work in a number of settings, including:
    • clinics  
    • group practices   
    • healthcare organizations   
    • long-term care facilities   
    • private practices   
    • research facilities  

    You will Study

    Gannon University has a long history of helping a number of qualified and motivated students successfully achieve acceptance into medical school. Students may pursue a major of their choice in which they will receive expert advising. They take a balanced and rigorous course load that includes the fundamental science courses medical schools require as prerequisite coursework.

    • BIOL 307/308: Vertebrate Embryology and Lab
    • BIOL 320/321: Histology and Lab
    • BIOL 331/332: Microbiology and Lab
    • BIOL 338/339: Immunology and Lab
    • BIOL 344: Virology
    • BIOL 347/348: Developmental Biology and Lab
    • BIOL 363: Endocrinology
    • BIOL 365/366:Human Gross Anatomy and Lab (cadaver-based)
    • BIOL 375/376: Cell Biology and Lab
    • BIOL 490: Introduction to Pathology
    • CHEM 366: Structural Biochemistry
    • CHEM 368: Biochemical Pathways

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Estimates show that the job outlook will continue to increase much faster than average for physicians (14 percent growth) through 2024. The salary for physicians is among the highest of all health-related occupations. The median annual salary for these healthcare professionals in 2015 was greater than or equal to $187,200.
    • anesthesiologist
    • cardiologist
    • gastroenterologist
    • internist
    • obstetrician and gynecologist
    • surgeon
     All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (