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West Liberty University President Robin C. Capehart announced Feb. 24 students at WLU will be able to apply for early admittance into West Virginia University's School of Dentistry in Morgantown, and those who want to pursue medicine can utilize the pre-osteopathic medicine track program for early admission into the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.

The Dental Early Admission Program will allow a student to apply as early as the end of his or her freshman year, if requirements are met.

"This will be a win-win-win situation," said Shelia S. Price, D.D.S., associate dean for admissions, recruitment and access for the WVU School of Dentistry. "For us, we will be able to bring highly qualified, well-mentored individuals into our school.

"West Liberty will offer customized guidance to allow their students to progress into dental school. And for the students themselves, they will be able to enter into our school fully prepared to begin the program."

The pre-osteopathic medicine track is an early assurance program designed for undergraduates who want to become an osteopathic physician and have identified WVSOM as their first choice school. Students must maintain a minimum science GPA of 3.2 or higher, and students are able to apply during their sophomore year. Students at the junior level can submit their medical school application and schedule an admissions interview. WVSOM requires a Medical College Admission Test score of 23 or above. Students must complete their bachelor of science in biology before going on to Lewisburg.

For details about either program, contact the College of Sciences at kkettler@westliberty.edu or at 304-336-8070.