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"I am honored to be a part of such an amazing program. I cannot express my level of gratitude toward UW-River Falls for this opportunity or my level of excitement to start my medical career at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. This affiliation allows me to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I am extremely grateful," said Emilee Plautz, junior biology major and chemistry minor.

Degree Programs

Affiliation Agreements

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

Affiliation agreements are contracts between UW-River Falls and external colleges to provide academic credit for students. In most cases, students begin their academic careers at River Falls and receive a BS from UWRF following one year of study at an affiliated school.


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

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry is a well known health professions campus located in Erie, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Fla. 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 UWRF Biology Department has an agreement with LECOM for early provisional acceptance to these programs. These programs, in some cases, will permit students to start the professional program prior to receiving a bachelors degree. Students who have two more years of study left at UWRF and have attended for at least one, preferably two years, can apply to enter these programs. Students must also have at least a 25 ACT score and a college GPA of 3.5 or better (science and cumulative). Students who do well in an interview are provisionally guaranteed entrance to LECOM upon graduation from UWRF. During the next two years, students have to meet with LECOM and UWRF Adviser Betsy Gerbec as well as submit grades at the end of each semester. Gerbec also sends an evaluation at the end of each semester to LECOM. Students with early provisional acceptance are not required to take the entrance exam for the college (MCAT, PCAT, or DAT). This is a big advantage to the program.

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University of Minnesota Medical Lab Scientist (MLS) Program

A medical lab scientist performs lab tests on medical specimens to diagnose and determine disease.

The UWRF Biology Department has entered into a 3+1 agreement with the medical lab scientist program. After three years of prerequisite classes at UWRF, students attend the accredited MLS program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Following completion of required classes and clinicals, students receive a BS in biology from UWRF and a certificate from the U of M MLS program. The certificate allows the student to sit for the board exam.

Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA (higher preferred), complete required classes, and obtain a recommendation from biology Associate Professor Jorge Bonilla to apply.

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Palmer College of Chiropractic

The UWRF Biology Department has entered into a 3+1 agreement that allows students to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, following three years of required prerequisite classes at UWRF. After one year of chiropractic school, students receive a BS in Bbology from UWRF. Scholarships from Palmer are available.

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, Sonography, and Radiography Program

The UWRF Biology Department has entered into a 3+2 year affiliation agreement with the Echocardiography, Sonography, and Radiography Program at the Mayo School of Health Sciences. After three years at UWRF, students attend classes at Mayo for two years. Following their first year at Mayo, students receive a BS in biology from UWRF. They then advance to the clinical portion of training at Mayo. After the program is completed, students receive an echocardiography, sonoography, or radiography certificate and are eligible to sit for the licensing exam.

Students must take prerequisite classes and maintain a 3.0 overall and Science GPA. Students must also have a recommendation from the Biology Department program adviser.