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Learn about the PMHPP

Each year, the number of applications for medical, dental, and other professional school has grown exponentially. In 2017, there were

  • 53,000 applications for allopathic (MD) school,
  • 20,700 for osteopathic (DO) school, and
  • 12,000 applications for dental school in the United States.

Not only are the number of applications very high, but so too is the quality of the applicants for these professional schools. The goal of the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Programs at Duquesne University is to help our students to be not only highly qualified, but also distinctive with their skills, abilities, and experiences.

The Duquesne University Pre-Medical and Health Professions Programs (PMHPP) offers both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students experiences that not only prepare them to be highly qualified candidates for medical, dental and other health professional schools, but also to ensure that they receive unique pre-professional educational experiences consistent with the Mission of Duquesne University. These are not degree programs, but rather post-secondary and post-baccalaureate certificate programs that allow our PMHPP students to receive degrees that will allow them to develop higher levels of expertise in a subject matter while also preparing them to meet the pre-requisite requirements for medical, dental, or other professional school.

The PMHPP provides personalized and professional advisement like many other colleges and universities; however, another feature that makes our programs unique is that we also offer our students specialized pre-health professional coursework with no additional academic or financial burden. These courses incorporate the humanistic philosophy of primacy of the patient while also providing students with clinical skills, health/safety training, introductions to collaborative practice, inter-professional education, and medical terminology; a structured application preparation experience; as well as instruction in basic anatomy and pathophysiology to give them a "leg up" on their future medical studies.

Our programs have a proven track record of success. For the past three years, the placement rates for our students have exceeded the national averages for every discipline.