PMHPP Early Application Options

What is a linkage program? A linkage program is a gateway to early acceptance into medical school.  The medical school application begins while the student is still in high school, and if provisionally accepted, the application ends with a seat being "saved" for the student, 4 years later, in that medical school, pending that he/she maintains all the academic and professional behavior benchmarks during his/her undergraduate career. 

Essentially, the accepted student has a provisional seat in a medical school program before beginning his/her freshman year of college.  It is important to note, that this route is not for everyone, and is the best fit for a mature, organized, and driven student who is already firm on the decision of the medical school he/she wishes to attend.

Duquesne University currently has one such linkage program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
4+4 Linkage Program

Interested freshman applicants to the University must apply to Duquesne University (both academic major program and the PMHPP) and LECOM by April 1* of the application year.  This linkage is for the osteopathic medicine program only.

  • Students must apply to LECOM via their on-line portal at
  • When students apply to Duquesne, they must select an academic major and check both the PMHPP and the LECOM Linkage boxes on the Duquesne Admission Application.

LECOM will contact the applicants they select to interview on a time scheduled determined by LECOM, but generally before the summer before matriculation to Duquesne.

  • LECOM will make provisional acceptance decisions after the interview process is complete.
  • Students will have their choice of campuses: Erie (PA), Greensburg (PA) , Elmira (NY) or Bradenton (FL)

Minimum High School Senior Application Requirements:

  • Minimum 1240 SAT Score (Math + Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) or ACT composite score of 26 achieved during one attempt of the exam. 

           -LECOM does not "superscore".

  • High School GPA > 3.5

LECOM uses an Academic Index Score (AIS) that considers a student's ACT or SAT score (Math + Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) along with his/her undergraduate cumulative overall GPA as acceptance criteria.  This score will determine whether a 4+4 linkage student will be exempt from the MCAT.


Early Assurance and Preferred Admission Review Programs

For our current PMHPP students, Duquesne also has two Early Assurance Programs, and one Preferred Admissions Review Program with:

Early Assurance
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM)
Preferred Admission Review
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

These programs are applied to after the student is enrolled at Duquesne University and the PMHPP, and are not freshman admit programs. More information is available through the student's PMHPP advisor.

While Duquesne University is in the process of developing an osteopathic medical school, at the present time, there is no linkage or early assurance program with the PMHPP for the Duquesne University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DUCOM).

*Admission requirements are subject to change at the discretion of medical programs listed above and are outside the control of the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Programs. These are competitive programs, and an interview and/or acceptance cannot be guaranteed.  Final acceptance to these programs are at the sole discretion of the medical or health professional program.