Combined (joint) Degree & Early Assurance Programs

These programs help highly qualified Canisius students get an early start on the medical/health graduate school admissions process because they apply either at the same time they apply to Canisius while a senior in high school or during the freshman or sophomore year at Canisius. This provides the student time and flexibility during their undergraduate education to take advantage of such opportunities as studying abroad or gaining additional research experience.

Some programs (3+3 or 3+4) allow students to accelerate their education by completing three years at Canisius and four years in their professional studies, earning both the Bachelor’s degree and the professional Doctorate degree in six or seven years (combined/joint degree). Other programs allow students to apply earlier than the typical application timeframe but students complete their undergraduate degree prior to beginning professional studies (early assurance program).

Programs available to current Canisius students include:

  • University at Buffalo School of Medicine (4+4)
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University (4+4)
  • University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy (3+4)
  • University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine (3+4 or 4+4)
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (3+4 or 4+4 – a 3+3 or 4+3 primary care pathway is also available)
  • LECOM School of Pharmacy (3+3, 3+4, or 4+4)
  • LECOM School of Dental Medicine (4+4)
  • State University of New York College of Optometry (3+4)
  • Ontario Veterinary College/Guelph University (4+4 with limited 3+4 availability) 

High school students may apply to both Canisius and the following programs:

  • University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • LECOM School of Pharmacy
  • LECOM School of Dental Medicine
  • State University of New York College of Optometry

High school students may notify Canisius of interest in participating in the following programs (no applications are made directly to the professional school)

  • University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy
  • Ontario Veterinary College/Guelph University 

Canisius freshmen may apply to:

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • LECOM School of Pharmacy
  • LECOM School of Dental Medicine
  • State University of New York College of Optometry
  • High school students may notify Canisius of interest in participating in the following programs (no applications are made directly to the professional school)
  • University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy
  • Ontario Veterinary College/Guelph University

Canisius sophomores may apply to:

  • University at Buffalo School of Medicine
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine*
  • LECOM School of Pharmacy*
  • LECOM School of Dental Medicine*
  • State University of New York College of Optometry

Sophomores may notify Canisius of interest in participating in the following programs (no applications are made directly to the professional school)

  • University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy
  • Ontario Veterinary College/Guelph University
  • *Students who apply to LECOM during the Sophomore year, must select the 4+ option

How do high school students apply?

Students apply both to Canisius and to the program of interest while in high school. Each program has its own requirements and process for application. Contact your admissions officer or the Pre-Medical Center for guidance in this process. 

How do Canisius freshmen and sophomores apply?

The Canisius Pre-Medical Center conducts regular workshops on how to apply to these programs and also assists students in beginning their application portfolio in the freshman year. Make sure you are registered with the Pre-Med Center. Each program has its own requirements and process for application. For programs requiring a recommendation, Canisius provides a letter via our Health Science Advisory and Recommendation Committee. Contact the Pre-Medical Center for additional information or guidance in this process. 

What are the specific requirements for each program?

Each program has its own requirements and process for application. Please note that it is important to check with the individual program for the most accurate information.

View details about Combined (Joint) Degree and Early Assurance Program Requirements.