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Linkage Agreements

 Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Linkage

 Students enrolled in the PB-PMHPP Certificate Options have the opportunity to apply to the competitive PB-PMHPP Linkage program with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). Through Duquesne's Linkage agreement, qualified PB-PMHPP students may make early application to LECOM and thereby eliminate the need to sit-out the typical "glide year" between the time of application and the time medical school starts.

Generally, interested PB-PMHPP students will be invited to interview on the LECOM Erie, PA Campus sometime during the late fall/early spring. This is a competitive interview process, where the Duquesne students will participate in some group interview activities with "open market" students not affiliated with Duquesne. An interview with LECOM does not guarantee acceptance of Duquesne PB-PMHPP students. Should a PB-PMHPP student be offered provisional acceptance for one of Duquesne's six seats at LECOM, that student may be required to meet additional LECOM requirements and/or are required to meet the following qualifications to be eligible to matriculate to any one of the three LECOM campuses (i.e., Erie, PA; Greensburg, PA; or Bradenton, FL) at the completion of the certificate program at Duquesne:

  • Achieve an overall final GPA of ≥3.25
  • Achieve an overall science/math GPA and science GPA of ≥3.0
  • Meet all programmatic requirements as stipulated in individual Post- Baccalaureate Certificate Program Contract
  • Be in good standing with the University and PMHPP, which includes meeting the requirements for a PMHPP endorsement letter

To be eligible for a Duquesne PB-PMHPP endorsement for this program, all DU students must achieve a minimum overall 50th percentile MCAT score.  This is standard for both Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Secondary certificate students.

NOTE: Admission requirements are subject to change at the discretion of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and are outside the purview of Duquesne University and the PB-PMHPP.

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.