Pre-requisite Coursework and PMHPP Courses

To prepare to apply to graduate medical and health professional school, it will be necessary to take all of the pre-requisite coursework that is required for admission and for success on the standardized entrance examinations (eg, MCAT, DAT, OAT). We will guide you to identify what courses are required, in addition to the coursework required for your major, and then help you to develop your plan to gather all of those requirements. Each medical or health professional discipline has its own pre-requisite (general) requirements, in addition to the unique requirements that individual schools/programs also may have. It will be very important for you to begin researching the schools you are thinking about early in your time at Duquesne, so that you can identify and take all of the required pre-requisites.

The amount of flexibility in your academic major curriculum will influence how and when these additional requirements will "fit" in your schedule. You are strongly encouraged to work closely with your PMHPP advisor to determine your specific pre-requisite course needs. The common pre-requisite coursework is as follows.

Common Pre-Requisite Courses                        Samples of additional requirements depending on discipline
2 Biology with labs                        Microbiology with lab
2 Chemistry with labs                       1-2 English/Writing courses
1 Organic Chemistry/lab                        2 Biochemistry 
1 Physics with lab                       2  Anatomy/Physiology with labs
1-2 Behavioral Sciences                        Medical Terminology
1-2 Advanced Math or Stats 2nd courses in Physics and Organic Chemistry with labs

NOTE: Use of AP credit is discouraged for the required math and science content; many medical and health professional schools do not accept AP credits for these types of courses.

In addition to gathering your pre-requisite coursework, you'll also get a chance to complete a dedicated PMHPP curriculum to give you a broad understanding of the culture and responsibilities associated with careers in medicine, as well as basic clinical skills, health and safety training, medical terminology, application preparation and instruction in basic anatomy and pathophysiology.

PMHPP Professional Course Work 

First year sequence trio of students

PMHP 101 - Pre-Medical and Health Professions I
This course is designed to provide first year PMHPP students with a broad understanding of the culture, expectations, and responsibilities associated with careers in medicine. Students receive instruction on the basic anatomy and function of the cardiorespiratory system, and receive instruction and learn and practice the associated basic medical/health skills including assessment of vitals, OSHA and HIPAA training, and maintaining a sterile and safe work environment.

PMHP 102 - Pre-Medical and Health Professions II
This second course in the UG-PMHPP first year series is designed to expose students to basic anatomical structures, function, and common conditions associated with the cardiorespiratory, digestive, and neurological systems. Students also learn more advanced medical/health skills including assessments of heart/lung sounds, blood oxygenation, blood glucose, and body temperature, as well as basic neurological assessment. Pre-Requisite: PMHP 101.

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PMHP 103 - Pre-Medical and Health Professions Combined Course
This course provides students who were unable to take the PMHP 101/102 course series with a broad understanding of the culture, expectations, and responsibilities associated with careers in medicine. Students are exposed to the anatomy, function, and common conditions of found in the cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurological systems. They also receive instruction on the associated medical/health skills, as well as OSHA, HIPAA and the skills needed to maintain a sterile and safe work environment.

Second Year Sequence

PMHP 201 - Pre-Medical and Health Professions III

Through lecture, guided-discovery, and case-based learning formats, this course introduces UG-PMHPP students to the medical terminology of body structure and function, appearance and position, and oncology, as well as the terminology and abbreviations associated with common conditions of the integumentary, cardiorespiratory, and endocrine systems. Students also are introduced to evidence-based practice and cultural competency in medicine. Pre-Requisite: PMHP 1012 or 103

PMHP 203 - Pre-Medical and Health Professions IV
This course is a continuation of the PMHP 201 course and reinforces previous learning and skills from that course. Students also learn medical terminology and abbreviations associated with neonatology, hearing and sight, as well as the terminology and abbreviations associated with the digestive, musculoskeletal, urinary, male and female reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems. Pre-Requisite: PMHP 201

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PMHP 205 - Medical Terminology for Pre-Health Students - 1 credit (Spring Only)
Through lecture, guided-discovery, and case-based learning formats, this course is designed to promote and evaluate UG-PMHPP students' understanding of medical terminology and abbreviations associated with common conditions of the cardiorespiratory, endocrine, digestive, musculoskeletal, urinary, male and female reproductive, and integumentary systems. Students also are exposed to the terminology associated with neonatology, hearing, and sight.

Third Year Sequence

PMHP 301 - Pre-Medical and Health Professions Seminar (Spring Only)
This course is designed to prepare PMHPP students to strategically prepare and complete the professional school application and admission processes. Students receive instruction on developing and refining the different components of the professional school applications, interview skills, preparing for admission exams, and how to describe and demonstrate professional behaviors and experiences required by professional schools. Pre-Requisite: PMHP 101 or 103