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Post-Secondary Certificate Announcement:

The Undergraduate Pre-Medical and Health Professions Program (UG-PMHPP) at Duquesne University is pleased to announce University approval of a Post-Secondary Certificate in Pre-Medical and Health Professions (PMHP Certificate) that now will be awarded to students enrolled in the PMHPP and who have earned a minimum of 15 credit hours of PMHPP-approved pre-medical/health professional coursework in math, science, and/or psychology/sociology and passed all required PMHPP courses. Only courses earned with a grade of "C" or better or a "P" in the PMHPP courses will be counted toward the PMHP Certificate. To be eligible for the Certificate, students must meet all PMHPP professional expectations, behavior, and academic retention standards, as well as demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 3.0, cumulative math/science GPA of 3.0, and cumulative science GPA of 3.0 at the time of application for graduation. The PMHPP academic retention standards are as follows:

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA and 3.0 Semester GPA
  • No grade lower than "C" in any course
  • 3.0 Cumulative and 3.0 Semester Math/Science GPA
  • 3.0 Cumulative and 3.0 Semester Science GPA Passing Grade in all PMHP courses
  • Continual progress to acquire professional pre-requisites

PMHPP student professional expectations, behavior, and academic retention standards are described on pages 14-24 of the 2017-2018 PMHPP Handbook which is accessible to all PMHPP students on the Community Blackboard site. A student must apply for the PMHP Certificate at the time of application for graduation from his/her degree program.

The University believes that the designation of PMHP Certificate on a student's transcript will provide medical, dental, and other health professional schools' admission units with a way to recognize that Duquesne PMHPP students have received specialized education and training consistent with those who may earn a degree/academic major in pre-medical studies at other universities. It also will validate the unique intentional learning in medicine and health professional content that is not offered to any other students at the University and will be one of the requirements used to determine University endorsement letter eligibility.

Preparing to Meet the Future Needs of 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.