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PMHPP Linkage Programs: Gateways to an Early Start

 Linkage programs allow a PMHPP incoming freshman or continuing PMHPP upperclassment to secure, through a competitive admission process, early acceptance into medical, veterinary or other professional programs.  Duquesne currently has linkage programs with the following schools:

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) 4+4 Program - Freshman Admission Program & Early Assurance Program
  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) - Early Assurance Program


Duquesne University-
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
4+4 Linkage Program and Early Assurance Program


  • Interested incoming freshman applicants for this program declare their intent to apply to the 4+4 LECOM Linkage on their Duquesne application by April 1*. 
  • Students also must apply to LECOM via their on-line portal at http://www.portal.lecom.edu.
  • LECOM will contact the applicants they select to interview. Interviews will take place in the spring/early summer before matriculation to Duquesne.
  • LECOM will make provisional acceptance decisions after the interview process is complete.
  • Students have their choice of campus: Erie, Greensburg or Bradenton, FL
  • Current Duquesne freshmen and sophomores can apply to the Early Assurance Program by the end of their sophomore year if they meet the program retention criteria.  While a a current student interested in the EAP is not required to meet the minimum SAT/ACT criteria, in order to be exempt from the MCAT, they still must qualify using the AIS index, or the MCAT will be required.  Also, if the ACT is less than 24 or the SAT is less than 1000 on the old exam (1170 new), a student will be required to take the MCAT no matter what the Academic Index Score is.  Please speak to a PMHPP advisor for more details.

Minimum High School Senior Application Requirements:

  • Minimum 1170 on old SAT (Critical Reading + Math), 1240 on the new SAT (Math+Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) or ACT composite score of 26 in ONE sitting.  LECOM does not superscore.
  • High School GPA > 3.5, and

Note: Final decision for admission into this linkage program is at the sole discretion of LECOM.

Program Retention Criteria: 

  • 3.4 minimum cumulative Duquesne GPA
  • 3.2 minimum Science GPA 
  • Have adequate health care experiences to demonstrate a commitment to serving others
  • Highly recommended that all prerequisite science courses be taken at Duquesne University

In place of the MCAT beginning for Fall 2016 medical school matriculation, LECOM will use an Academic Index Score (AIS) that uses the student's ACT or the sum of the Critical Reading and Math scores from the SAT along with his/her undergraduate cumulative overall GPA as acceptance criteria. 

All provisionally accepted LECOM students are required to take Genetics and Biochemistry in place of the MCAT, and maintain a minimum of 15 credits a semester.

Duquesne has a confirmed total of 5 seats per academic year.

*While April 1 is the deadline, due to the intricate application process, we highly recommend applicants apply as early as possible.



 Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM)

Early Assurance Program


Interested students would apply to this program at the beginning of their junior year at Duquesne University.

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.

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.

Note:  Final decision for admission into this early assurance program is at the sole discretion of Ross.

"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 linkage program above, and are outside the control of the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Programs. Please note there may also be additional events hosted by either program that linkage students are required to attend during the undergraduate years. These are competitive programs, and an interview and/or acceptance cannot be guaranteed.

**Any current or incoming Duquesne student opting to apply to one of the above linkage programs must be a student in the PMHPP before applying for linkage.  Please see the Undergraduate Admission Requirements page for details on applying to the PMHPP.


***Effective Fall 2015, Duquesne University will be discontinuing its linkage agreement with the Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM).