Affiliation Agreements

The Biology Department is proud to have developed the following agreements to benefit our UWRF students, and continues to look for further opportunities to connect with additional partner schools.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry (LECOM)

LECOM is a well known Health Professions Campus located in Erie, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida. The first time pass rates for licensing exams and board exams, and the match rates for medical residencies are among the highest in the nation.

The Biology Department has entered into an agreement with LECOM for early provisional acceptance to these programs.  Students who have two more years to go here at UWRF, and have attended for at least one, preferably two years, can apply to enter these programs. The student must also have at least a 25 ACT score and a college GPA of 3.5 or better (science and cumulative). If granted an interview, and does well, the student is provisionally guaranteed entrance to LECOM upon graduation from UWRF. During the next two years, students will have to meet with LECOM twice, and must also meet with Dr. Gerbec during each semester, and submit your grades at the end of each semester. Dr. Gerbec will send an evaluation at the end of each semester to LECOM. Students are not required to take the entrance exam for the college (MCAT, PCAT, or DAT) which is a big advantage to the program.

University of Minnesota Medical Lab Scientist (MLS) Program

A Medical Lab Scientist performs the lab tests on medical specimens to diagnose and determine disease.

The Biology Department has entered into a 3+1 agreement with the MLS program.  After three years of prerequisite classes [PDF] at UWRF, the student attends the accredited MLS program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.  After taking all the classes and participating in clinicals, the student receives a BS in Biology from UWRF, and a certificate from the U of M MLS program, that allows the student to sit for the board exam.  

Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA (prefer above that), have the required classes, and the recommendation of Dr. Bonilla to apply.

Palmer School of Chiropractic 

The Biology Department has entered into a 3+4 agreement with Palmer School of Chiropractic. After three years of required prerequisite classes here at UWRF, the student attends Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.  After taking the first year of classes there, the student receives a BS in Biology from UWRF, having completed the first year of Chiropractic School. UWRF students who enter this program from UWRF can receive a scholarship from Palmer.

Students must have the required prerequisite classes and at least a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 science GPA.

Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) Echocardiography Program

The Biology Department has entered into a 3+2 year affiliation agreement with the Echocardiography Program at MSHS. After three years at UWRF, the student attends classes at Mayo for two years.  After one year, the student receives a BS in Biology from UWRF, and continues into the clinical portion of training at Mayo. Once the program is completed, the student receives certification and is eligible to sit for the licensing exam.

Students must take prerequisite classes, and maintain a 3.0 overall and Science GPA.  The student must also have the recommendation of the program advisor from the biology department.

Dr. Gerbec

For more information on
UWRF's affiliation agreements
contact Dr. Betsy Gerbec:


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