Florida National University’s First Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences Student Chosen for Early Acceptance into Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

FNU Student Rachel Bibilonia PhotoFlorida National University Junior lands an early seat in dentistry school.

Florida National University (FNU) is proud to announce that its first Bachelor of Science student in Natural Sciences has earned early acceptance into Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for Dentistry. Rachel Bibilonia, an FNU junior, expects to start dentistry school at LECOM Spring of 2019 in Bradenton, Florida.

FNU signed an affiliation agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) that allows early acceptance into its pharmacy or dentistry program as early as a student’s sophomore year. LECOM’s programs are held in Erie, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida. The dental program is in Bradenton. Upon successful completion of an undergraduate degree program, students will have the opportunity to immediately start their graduate studies at LECOM and earn their Doctorates of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree.

The application process to LECOM appears to be fairly quick as Bibilonia said she applied in October of 2015. She praised the FNU staff for assisting her through the process.

“FNU assisted me in every aspect,” Bibilonia said. “They also prepared the bachelor’s program with the best classes so we could be prepared and on the same level as the other applicants.”

In order for FNU students to earn early acceptance into LECOM, they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher, and a science GPA of 3.2 or higher. They must also score greater than, or equal to 1,170 on the SAT Score in Math and Verbal Reasoning.

Bibilonia went on to state how FNU’s Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences’ program greatly attributed to helping her meet these qualifications.

“The reason I chose FNU, is because this is the only university that made it possible for me to work and study at the same time.” Bibilonia said. “Each of the science classes plays an important role in dentistry. As a Dental Assistant I see the importance of science everyday in the dental field, from the way we identify the anatomy of the skull in a panoramic X-ray, to the way we correctly use and store chemicals products.”

Bibilonia expresses how well constructed FNU’s Natural Science courses are and how the academic staff—from Dr. Caridad Sanchez, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, who she said guided her through every step of the LECOM application process,, to the instructors like Professor Victor Hernandez who continue to make her college experience enjoyable. She admits that the courses are challenging, but with the professor’s help, it is make it easy to understand.

For Bibilonia, FNU’s first Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences student, she refers to her personal experience with this academic program as a filter that will determine who has what it takes to be a dentist. Other students who are considering a degree in the field of dentistry or any medical field may also benefit from this program.

FNU’s Bachelor of Science of Natural Sciences program is designed to prepare students for pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, or pre-dentistry. The program provides a basic background in chemistry and biology. It has a minimum of 120 credits to complete, with 39 credits of general education requirements, 60 credits of core requirements, and at least 18 elective credits.

To view the full list of course requirements, visit the Bachelor of Science of Natural Science page here.


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