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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

With an emphasis on the Primacy of the Patient, the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Programs (PMHPP) prepares both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students through the provision of comprehensive services, personalized advisement, and specialized coursework to pursue advanced medical and health professional education.

Goals of the PMHPP are to:

  • Facilitate students' professional preparation and application processes through the provision of guidance, preparatory activities and individualized assistance.
  • 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.
  • Encourage and facilitate the advancement of student professional involvement through participation in relevant student organizations, volunteer activities, and research.
  • 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.
Philosophy of the PMHPP

Students enrolled in both the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs are preparing to be responsible for the health and lives of others. Therefore, they are expected to prepare for that future by not only seeking opportunities that will allow them to reach their fullest potentials as students, individuals, and future medical and health care professionals, but also recognize and respond appropriately to the needs and situations of others. At all times, students are expected to act and behave in mature and professionally appropriate and responsible ways that are consistent with the professional behavior expectations of the medical and health care professions they strive to join.


*NOTE: Undergraduate students applying to or enrolled in Duquesne's Pharmacy, Nursing, or Physician Assistant majors receive specialized advisement and preparation services through their respective programs.  They are not eligible for PMHPP unless they are planning to apply for medical or other health professional admission following their degree completion at Duquesne. 

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.