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PMHPP Linkage Programs: Gateways to an Early Start

 Linkage programs allow an incoming freshman and continuing 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
  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) - Early Assurance Program


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


  • Interested incoming freshman applicants for this program declare their intent to apply to the 4+4 LECOM Linkage on their Duquesne application by February 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 before 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

Minimum Application Requirements:

  • Minimum 1170 on SAT (critical reading + math) or ACT of 26
  • 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. 

Medical linkage 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.




 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.


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