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Linkage Agreements

 Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Linkage


The PB-PMHPP Certificate Option has a linkage program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)*. Through the linkage, students directly enter medical school in the fall, following the completion of their PBHP-PB curriculum. The advantage of a linkage program is that students do not have to sit-out the typical “glide year” between the time they apply to medical school and the time they start. As with other linkage programs, our program allows candidates to apply to only one medical school.

Selection for LECOM linkage is based upon a student’s qualifications prior to entering the PB-PMHPP, MCAT scores, the student’s academic and extracurricular record while enrolled in the program, and a successful interview.  Students can opt to attend the Erie, Greensburg, or Bradenton campus.

The linkage program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is available to qualified students in both the Enhancement Track and the Career Changer Track.  PB-PMHPP students interested in applying to this program must make their inital application by October 1. Selected candidates will interview in October at the LECOM Erie campus. This is a competitive interview process. Applicants must have a minimum 3.25 final overall DU GPA and an overall math/science and science GPA of 3.0 in order to maintain provisional acceptance, and be endorsed by the PB-PMHPP.  LECOM requires a minimum MCAT of 24, with no score less than 7 in any section (old scoring system) or a minimum overall 40th percentile (new scoring system).  Applicants interested in this program must still meet the minimum admission standards for the PB-PMHPP Certificate.


Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) Linkage

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine* located in St. Kitts reserves 3 seats (up to 30 days before the start of each cycle) for each application start (September, January and May) for Duquesne University students enrolled in the PMHPP (Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate).  Total time in St. Kitts is 3 years and 4 months.  Students then return to either one of the 22 US clinical affiliates or 5 international clinical affiliates to complete their training.

Minimum Application Requirements

•Overall GPA of at least a 3.2
•Minimum 3.0 in all RUSVM pre-requisite courses
•No F, D or D- grade in any RUSVM pre-requisite course
•A score in the 25th percentile or better in each category of the GRE
•Other minimum admissions requirements required of all other RUSVM students as set forth in http://www.rossu.edu/veterinary-school/admissions/getstarted.cfm

Students are required to have all pre-requisite courses done (with the exception of one that could still be in progress) at the time of application.

For Post-Baccalaureate students, undergraduate grades will count towards the overall and science calculations.  Students have the option to apply either via VMCAS or directly through the Ross website, but VMCAS GPA calculation rules will still apply.  Students are required to obtain a letter of endorsement from the PMHPP to be included with their Ross application. Applicants interested in this program must still meet the minimum admission standards for the PB-PMHPP Certificate.

"Perks" for RUSVM Linkage Agreement

  • RUSVM will allow students to apply to other schools during the same application cycle.  This is not an exclusive linkage.
  • RUSVM will give waive application fees for eligible individuals who apply, except where prohibited by law.
  • RUSVM will also give priority consideration for available scholarships to eligible individuals admitted to RUSVM who qualify.



*Admission requirements are subject to change at the discretion of either Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine or Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and are outside the control of the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Programs. Please note there may also be additional events hosted by either school that linkage students are required to attend. These are competitive programs, and an interview and/or acceptance cannot be guaranteed by Duquesne University. Final acceptance is at the sole discretion of the particular linkage school.