LECOM at Jacksonville University

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Coming to Northeast FloridaFirst Four-Year Medical School

Through an innovative new partnership, Jacksonville University (JU) and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), the nation’s largest medical college and osteopathic academic health system, are opening the region's first four-year medical school located at JU’s Arlington campus, "LECOM at Jacksonville University". 

LECOM is a leader in student-centered innovation and medical innovation that produces more primary care physicians than any other U.S. medical school, as recognized by U.S. News & World Report. LECOM also offers the lowest tuition among private U.S. medical schools, as recognized by U.S. News & World Report.

This medical school is supported by clinical agreements with the region’s preeminent healthcare providers, including Baptist Health, Flagler Health+, AdventHealth, HCA Florida Memorial Hospital, Brooks Rehabilitation, and others.

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Applications to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program ahead of the inaugural LECOM at Jacksonville University class which is expected to begin in 2026. 



Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about LECOM at Jacksonville University.


To contact LECOM directly, please visit their website.

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Jacksonville University Medical Mall

LECOM at Jacksonville University joins four other locations around the country, including Bradenton, FL, Elmira, NY, Greensburg, PA, and the original site in Erie, PA. This facility will build upon Jacksonville University's established Medical Mall at the north end of the Arlington campus. The Medical Mall is currently home to University's 104,000-square-foot Health Sciences Complex and its School of Orthodontics Clinic; Jacksonville University’s Occupational Therapy teaching facility for immersive clinical training; and the 146-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, Dolphin Pointe Health Care.

Why osteopathic medicine?Treating the whole patient

Osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions built on the philosophy that physicians should take a total-person approach to healthcare encompassing the mind, body, and spirit of the patient. It takes a holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on health promotion and disease prevention.

According to the Osteopathic Medical Profession Report, the number of osteopathic physicians in the U.S. climbed to nearly 135,000 in 2021. Today, more than 25 percent of medical students in the U.S. are training to be osteopathic physicians.

Still, the nation faces a critical physician workforce shortage. According to a report by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), only 32 percent of Florida’s population has adequate primary care, and nearly half of primary care physicians are expected to retire in the next 15 to 20 years.

80%Increase in Osteopathic Physicians in the U.S. in the last decade
108,000Fully-licensed Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine in the United States, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
25%Of medical students in the U.S. are training to be osteopathic physicians
President Cost and LECOM Executives smiling for the camera at the LECOM at Jacksonville University announcement event

“With the addition of LECOM at Jacksonville University, we expect to be a thriving home for medical students, faculty and staff, all of whom will need places to study, live, eat and socialize and that will drive economic growth in the surrounding area."

Tim Cost '8112th president of Jacksonville University

Support the Medical Mall

We are fortunate to have the continued support of our community and donors. Your gift today will help us improve campus resources and support students and faculty within the Medical Mall at Jacksonville University. 

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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

1858 West Grandview Blvd
Erie, PA 16509

(814) 860-5125


Contact Information LECOM at Jacksonville University

1858 West Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16509

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