Maranda Armstead

This past spring, the University entered into a curricular partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), the nation’s largest medical college. With Millcreek Community Hospital and the clinical practices of Medical Associates of Erie, LECOM is the only Academic Health Center in the osteopathic profession.

Lourdes biology majors can now apply for the LECOM Early Acceptance Program (EAP) in one of three graduate tracks – medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. Qualified students can hold a provisional reserved seat at one of LECOM’s professional schools upon successful completion of an interview. They can then pursue completion of their required undergraduate coursework at Lourdes while maintaining a cumulative science GPA of 3.2 or higher and a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher. Depending on the LECOM track chosen, students may need to meet additional requirements.

“Bringing the EAP program to Lourdes is beneficial, particularly for our students who are enrolled in pre-medicine and pre-dental concentrations. Our students now have access to a stellar graduate school program. Together, LECOM and Lourdes are helping make our students’ goals a reality,” says President Mary Ann Gawelek.

Maranda Armstead

Biology major Maranda Armstead is the first Lourdes University student to be granted a reserved seat in the Medical 4+4 program. A junior from Canton, MI, she has a full plate. In addition to her Bachelor of Science in biology studies, she is minoring in psychology, serves as a Resident Assistant and works in the Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center.

Having first attended Lourdes as a student-athlete (forward for the Gray Wolves basketball team), she decided to forgo athletics after sustaining two major injuries during her freshman and sophomore years. Currently enrolled in eight classes and labs, she said it was a smart move to make as she couldn’t dedicate the time required.

Maranda is delighted to have made Lourdes history and is well on the way to fulfilling her professional and academic goals. The junior is maintaining a family legacy. While her dad is a business professional, her mom and grandparents have worked in healthcare. “My mom is an RN in the emergency room. My desire to help those in need comes from her. I’ve always loved science and at first, wanted to be a physical therapist. However, lately, I’d been rethinking that path. When the LECOM Early Acceptance Program became available, it solidified my desire to go into medicine. As long as I maintain my GPA, I won’t even have to take the M-CAT!”

Her desire to help others extends beyond her professional goals. At the age of 11, Maranda and her family spent three weeks in Egypt working at a vacation bible school for Sudan refugees and their children. She also traveled to New York and West Virginia to help rebuild homes.

While unsure of her chosen career (allergy & immunology, Ob/Gyn, emergency medicine), Maranda is confident about her future. An Honors Program student, she thoroughly enjoys the challenging curriculum and has excelled. “As an honors cohort, we took our general education courses together and bonded. Now in our junior year, we are able to reconnect in the classroom with those pursuing similar fields.”

Maranda chose Lourdes because of the opportunity to play sports as well as the private education experience. “I knew I would get more attention at a small school and wouldn’t be allowed to slack off. That turned out to be so true! My professors know me and my peers and we encourage each other to stay on course.” “We are so pleased for Maranda.

As a talented and hardworking student, she definitely earned the provisional spot and is paving the way for future students,” says Christine Boudrie, MD, Chair of the Biology department.


Application to the LECOM Early Acceptance Program can occur as early as the senior year in high school and until the start of a student’s third year at Lourdes University, depending upon the program and track desired. Students must be officially enrolled in the Early Acceptance Program for the two consecutive years prior to matriculation to LECOM.

To learn more about the LECOM Early Acceptance Program, visit or contact an admissions representative at 800-878-3210, ext. 5291 or luadmits@

Dr. Terry Keller, Dean of the Lourdes University College of Social Sciences (left) with Dr. Romulus Durant, Toledo Public Schools Superintendent

New TPS partnership

The Lourdes Teaching Proud and Strong Partnership with Toledo Public Schools (TPS) allows rising juniors and seniors at Bowsher, Rogers, Scott, Start, Waite and Woodward High Schools to earn college credit as they learn firsthand what it is like to be a teacher. Participants of the TPS Teacher Education Exploration Program can complete their course work in high school while also gaining field experience at local TPS elementary schools. Waite High School Teacher Michael Heinze serves as a Lourdes Adjunct Instructor with classes taught at Waite High School.

Students who successfully complete their degree at Lourdes University and become a licensed teacher in the State of Ohio will then receive priority-hiring status from TPS and a potential signing bonus. For more information about this program, contact Lourdes Admissions at 419-885- 5291 or email

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