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October 25, 2013
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine

SRU inks dental, chiropractic agreements

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University biology majors who want to become dentists or chiropractors have a faster and less expensive option for realizing their dream thanks to SRU's new articulation agreements with partner institutions.

The University has approved a dentistry 4+4 program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine/Bradenton, Fla., and a chiropractic 3+3 program with Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.

The programs enable biology majors to obtain early admission to the partner schools while earning a fast-track biology degree from SRU.

The early-acceptance program guarantees students admission to the schools provided they meet course, grade-point average and test-score requirements. The process lessons anxiety about the application process of getting into medical school, which can cost up to $5,000 for the application process.

"When you meet the qualifications, it allows students to know earlier in their undergraduate career that they are going to be successful in gaining entry into the program," said Jerry Chmielewski, SRU professor of biology and department chair.

Those aspiring to becoming a dentist pursue admission to LECOM's School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, Fla. To qualify, students need a provisional letter of acceptance from LECOM before starting their third year at SRU.

Provided they meet LECOM requirements, students are automatically admitted to LECOM before their senior year at SRU. After completing four years of study at SRU, students receive their biology degree and matriculate to LECOM. They receive their doctor of dental degree after four years of study at LECOM.

Biology majors interested in the chiropractic program attend SRU for three years. They receive a bachelor's degree from SRU after successfully completing their first year at Palmer, then study for two additional years at Palmer to earn their chiropractic credentials.

The new programs complement SRU's existing articulation agreements with LECOM, Chatham University and other schools for medicine, pharmacy, engineering and environmental programs.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.