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Preparing to Meet the Future Needs in Healthcare

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the economy. 4.1 million health care jobs, a 26 percent increase, are expected to be added to the US economy between 2012 and 2022 to address our growing and aging population, increases in patients with chronic conditions, medical advances, and health insurance reform. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, these career opportunities will span all areas of healthcare.1

Our mission in the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Programs (PMHPP) is to provide comprehensive services, advisement, and education for undergraduate and graduate students to allow them to pursue their professional goals and aspirations. With an emphasis on the Primacy of the Patient, students are prepared to serve God as future medical and health care professionals.

The PMHPP offers specialized programs, not academic majors, that assist students from all academic majors to gain the requisite experiences and academic background to apply to medical, osteopathic medical, dental, optometry, chiropractic, podiatric, veterinary and many other health professional schools.*

Goals of the PMHPP:

  1. Facilitate students' professional preparation and application processes through the provision of guidance, preparatory activities and individualized assistance.
  2. Coordinate and provide individualized counseling and curricular advisement, in conjunction with major advisors, to improve student understanding and preparation to meet medical and health care professional entrance requirements.
  3. Encourage and facilitate the advancement of student professional involvement through participation in relevant student organizations, volunteer activities, and research.
  4. Provide unique and clinically-relevant opportunities and coursework that allow students to gain additional credentials, skills, and understanding of discipline-specific and inter-professional health care.

As part of the program requirements, students are required to participate in unique educational programs that include:

  • Pre-medical coursework that is individualized to meet each student's need
  • Dedicated PMHPP courses that provide basic clinical skills and certifications 
  • Professional and inter-professional educational opportunities
  • Exposure to evidence-based practice medicine 
  • Participation in both mandatory and volunteer/observation experiences




*NOTE: Our undergraduate program is not designed to prepare students to be admitted to any of the traditional entry-level health professional programs at Duquesne University.

1Torpey E. Healthcare: Millions of jobs now and in the future. Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Spring 2014. http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2014/spring/art03.pdf. Accessed 06.03.14.