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PB-PMHPP Curriculum Options

Certificate Option

The Certificate Option is designed for students who require at least one year of pre-requisite coursework to become eligible to apply to professional schools. Students applying to the Certificate Option must designate whether they are interested in the Enhancement or Career Changer Track; interested students should click on the links provided to get a full explanation of these tracks. The PB-PMHPP is not designed to assist students who have already applied to or are in process of applying to medical, dental, or other health professional school simultaneously with making application to the PB-PMHPP; this is NOT a "glide year" program.

Students enrolled in the Certificate Option must complete a minimum of 24 course credits in the sciences and humanities to be awarded a PB-PMHPP certificate. While all curricular plans for the Certificate Option are individualized to meet a student's needs, we strongly recommend that all students include at least one non-science course each semester in order to help prepare them for the non-math/science professional expectations required of all medical and health care professionals, including admission examination (eg, MCAT, DAT) critical thinking and reasoning sections, professional school interviews, and future clinical practice expectations. Typically, Certificate Option students take three sciences and one non-science course each semester. Post-Baccalaureate students take classes with both undergraduate and graduate students at the University.

PB-PMHPP Certificate students are required to enroll in two (0 credit) PB-PMHPP courses over the time of their enrollment. These courses are designed to provide PB-PMHPP students with basic training in medical skills and health safety requirements including, but not limited to HIPAA training, blood-borne pathogen training, handwashing, gloving, sterile field, and entry-level physical examination skills and assessments. Students also are introduced to inter-professional education and evidence-based practice, and they are required to participate in two related activities.


Certificate Option with a Masters Degree

To provide students with more options upon matriculation from Duquesne and make them more attractive candidates to medical, dental, or other health professional programs, PB-PMHPP students also may choose to couple their Certificate work with the pursuit of masters degree. This Certificate-Masters Option generally takes two years of study. The PB-PMHPP has two options for masters degrees under this program, Master of Health Management Systems or Master of Science in Biotechnology; these options do not require PB-PMHPP students to make secondary applications, because the PB-PMHPP facilitates the students' application processes by sharing all PB-PMHPP application materials with the appropriate masters program. Should a student choose to pursue a different masters degree program, it would be the student's responsibility to meet all requirements of that alternative masters degree program, including the completion a separate application process and duplication of processes (eg, submission of transcripts). For more information, please click here.

Non-Certificate Option

Applicants who need less than 24 credits to meet their admission requirements for medical, dental, or other health professional program or admission examination pre-requisites may be interested in pursuing the PB-PMHPP Non-Certificate Option. As with the Certificate Option, students will work with a PB-PMHPP advisor to create individualized curricula. Students in this Non-Certificate Option are not eligible to enroll in the PB-PMHPP courses and are not eligible for PB-PMHPP Certificates, Duquesne University endorsement/committee Letters, or assistance with the preparation of their applications. They will be eligible for assistance with the submission of their professional school letters. Students in this option are required to complete all coursework in no more than 24 months or two years (whichever occurs first).