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What Will I Gain Through the PMHPP?

Post-Secondary Certificate in Pre-Medical and Health Professions

To be eligible for a Duquesne University letter of endorsement, PMHPP Honors Cords, and designation of enrollment in the PMHPP on his/her transcript, a student must earn the PMHP Post-Secondary Certificate. This designation on a student's transcript will provide medical, dental, and other health professional schools' admission units with a way to recognize a student who has received specialized education and training consistent with those who may earn a degree/academic major in pre-medical studies at other universities. It also validates the unique intentional learning in medicine and health professional content that is not offered to any other group of students at the University.
To earn the PMHP Post-Secondary Certificate, an UG-PMHPP student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of PMHPP-approved pre-medical/health professional coursework in math, science, or psychology/sociology, earned with a minimum grade of "C" or better, after being formally enrolled in the Program. 

      • A student admitted through the secondary admission process who needs less than 15 credits of math, science, or psychology/sociology coursework is eligible to enroll in the UG-PMHPP and receive all services; however, that student will not eligible for the PMHP Post-Secondary Certificate and therefore not be eligible for a Duquesne University endorsement letter.
  • A student must take an UG-PMHPP course each of the fall/spring semesters up until the time of application to medical or health professional school, with a minimum of one full year (two UG-PMHPP courses) being required to earn the PMHP Post-Secondary Certificate.

To qualify for the PMHP Post-Secondary Certificate, students also must

  • Earn passing grades in all UG-PMHPP courses, 
  • Meet all PMHPP academic and professional behavior retention standards,
  • Demonstrate a cumulative GPA of >3.0, cumulative math/science GPA of >3.0, and cumulative science GPA of >3.0 at the time of validation for graduation to earn the PMHP Certificate, and
  • Be in good standing at the University and within his/her respective school

PMHPP student professional expectations, behavior, and academic retention standards are described on pages 15-21 of the 2018-2019 PMHPP Handbook which is accessible to all PMHPP students on the Community Blackboard site.

We Prepare You To Stand Out

What do medical and other health professional schools look for in candidates? While application requirements are unique to each school and program, most schools seek students who are top academic performers with high overall science/math and science GPAs and high professional school admissions test scores (eg, MCAT, OAT, DAT, GRE); have extensive and relevant research as well as experiential and volunteer activities; demonstrate evidence of professional competency and behavior: and positive letters of recommendation.

We've designed the PMHPP requirements to help you meet these high standards. You'll benefit from these value-added opportunities:

  • Exceptional personalized and professional advisement, in cooperation with your major advisor
  • 7 undergraduate specialized courses, unique to Duquesne and designed to give you a "leg up" on your future medical studies. These courses incorporate the humanistic philosophy of primacy of the patient and provide you with

          -Relevant entry-level clinical skills,

          -Health/safety training required in a healthcare environment,

          -Introductions to collaborative practice, inter-professional education, and medical terminology;

          -Structured application preparation experiences, as well as

          -Instruction in basic anatomy and pathophysiology 

  • Instruction, guidance and assistance through the complex medical and health professional school application process
  • PMHPP Endorsement Letter of Recommendation for medical and dental school for those who qualify


NOTE: Undergraduate students applying to or already enrolled in Duquesne's Pharmacy, Nursing, or Physician Assistant academic major programs are not eligible for the PMHPP to pursue these careers, because they already receive the specialized advisement and preparation services for those careers through their respective programs. Should they wish to pursue medical/health professional careers other than their major program careers, they then may apply to the PMHPP to get the additional assistance to pursue those alternate paths.