Frequently Asked Questions
1. My SAT’s were taken a long time ago, do I really need to submit them?
Yes, all standardized test scores are required regardless of how long ago they were taken. Contact your high school to see if they still have your official scores. If not, you will have to contact the College Board. The College Board is able to send scores electronically directly to Duquesne University. Scores that have been archived could take longer so be sure to leave ample time to request them. All scores need to be official.
2. I took classes at several universities. Do you need every transcript?
Yes, the PMHP-PB program need transcripts for every college level course you have taken, including study abroad courses. The transcripts must be official and come directly from the Registrar’s office.
3. What are your requirements?
The PMHP-PB requirements are listed here or on the instruction sheet for the application. Your application and all supplemental materials must be received in one packet by the deadline for your file to be considered complete. We highly recommend not waiting until the last minute to apply. Once your file is reviewed, you will be notified whether or not you have been selected to interview. If you are selected, you will have a one-on-one interview with the Admissions Committee, who will evaluate you on your passion and knowledge for your intended area of interest and specific fit for our program. They will also discuss your curriculum, master's options, and approximate cost for you, if accepted. This is a competive interview process. Application packets received after the May 1st deadline will be considered for the next application cycle only.
4. What are my chances of getting in?
Each completed file is individually reviewed. We are not able to tell you over the phone or in an email what your chances are of getting into the program, so please do not ask. The program is quite competitive, and early application is best.
5. What classes will I take?
Each student’s curriculum is individually based upon the classes that were taken as an undergraduate. If selected to interview, your curriculum options will be discussed at that time to give you a general idea of your classes, if accepted. Please see the curriculum page for more information.
6. How long is the program?
Typically, for the career changer track, it is two years. For the enhancement track, it is typically one year. It will depend on the classes needed by the individual student. Career changer applicants are encouraged to apply by February 1st if they would like the option to start in the summer.
7. Is there financial aid available?
Financial aid is available in the form of loans. No scholarships or grants are available. Students should work closely with the university financial aid office to determine their eligibility.
8. Do you offer MCAT prep?
The PMHP-PB does not have specific MCAT prep classes in the program. We feel that our science classes help to prepare you for your exam. Students can opt to take an MCAT prep class from an outside agency. Numerous options are available in the downtown area.
9. Where do students live?
Students do have the option of living in the Living and Learning Centers if space is available. The student should contact Residence Life directly to inquire about this. Most students choose to live off campus in the surrounding areas, such as South Side, Oakland, Shadyside, and Mount Washington.
10. I took my classes 10 years ago. Do I have to retake them?
Yes, any course over 6 years should be repeated.
11. Is the MCAT or GRE required to apply?
No, these are not required, nor is it encouraged you take them before applying to the program. However, if you took them for a previous medical or professional school application, you are required to submit them.
12. Can I work during this program?
The PMHP-PB program is a full-time committment. While we understand each situation is unique, it is not advised that you work during your time here. Your efforts should be focused on your class load, and medically related extra-curricular activities.
13. Do I have to wait to graduate from my undergraduate university to apply?
No, you can apply with your current transcripts. If accepted, you will be required to submit your final official transcript.
14. Can any major apply?
Yes, any undergraduate major can apply to the PMHP-PB Program.