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Physicians (MD or DO) examine patients; obtain medical histories; order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests; and prescribe and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or disease. They counsel patients about illness, injuries, health conditions and preventive healthcare (diet/fitness, smoking cessation, etc.). They can also conduct medical research, teach and run medical centers. People with medical education are in demand in many areas. Physicians work in one or more specialties, including, among others: Anesthesiology, Family and general medicine, General internal medicine, General pediatrics, Obstetrics and gynecology, Psychiatry, and Surgery.

AACOMOsteopathic physicians (Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine or D.O.s) diagnose illness and injury, prescribe and administer treatment, and advise patients about how to prevent and manage disease.

Like their M.D. counterparts, they are fully licensed to diagnose, treat, prescribe medications, and perform surgery in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Today, more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students are studying at a college of osteopathic medicine.

In addition to using all of the tools and technology available to modern medicine, D.O.s have a strongly holistic philosophy and practice osteopathic manipulative medicine - a distinctive system of hands-on diagnosis and treatment which focuses specifically on the musculoskeletal system.

Recent graduates of PennWest Clarion have been accepted to the following medical programs:
Case Western Reserve University LECOM
PCOM Pennsylvania State University
Ross University Temple University
Thomas Jefferson University West Virginia University



Required Coursework: Semesters:
Biology w/labs 2
General Chemistry w/labs 2
Organic Chemistry w/labs 2
Biochemistry 1
Anatomy and Physiology w/labs 2
Physics w/labs 2
Mathematics (Calculus) 2
English 2
Social and Behavioral Science 2
Recommended Coursework:  
Social and Behavior Science 1 additional semester
Medical Terminology 1
Biochemistry 1 additional semester
Program Requirements:  
GPA Minimum:  3.2        Average 3.6
Average MCAT 515
Average Job Shadow Hours 75+



While it is required to be awarded a four year undergraduate degree, there is no specific degree associated for any medical program admissions. Therefore, a student may seek any four year degree program as long as they obtained the required coursework listed above. However, below are the most common degree programs associated with a pre-medicine concentration. Click on the link to view a typical four year plan that schedules the degree as well as the medical program requirements.  
 BS Biology BS Molecular Biology
 BS Chemistry BA Sociology
 BS Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration  BA Psychology
BS Psychology  



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Joan Cullen

"I'm grateful for the close-knit PennWest Clarion community and for the mentorship of my professors throughout college."

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Kinsey Laninga

 "The networking and major-related exploration I underwent while at the university proved invaluable resources, as they led me to pursue my medical profession at LECOM and work toward my doctoral degree."

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Christian Schill

 "The clubs and research I've been part of while in college have helped me to grow into a confident and competent scientist and have taken my abilities in leadership from a weakness into a strength."

Last Updated 5/26/23