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What Qualifications do I need for PMHPP?

Freshman Admission

You may apply and be admitted directly into the PMHPP when you apply to the University. Prospective freshman students must meet the following requirements to be accepted:

  • SAT 1240 (Math + Evidence Based Reading and Writing) or 26 ACT
  • 3.5 or higher high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Admitted to an academic major at the University

How do I Apply?

If you meet our qualifications, then you must check the PMHPP box on the Duquesne undergraduate application when applying to the University to be reviewed for admission into the program. 

 If you do not currently meet the freshman admission standards, don't worry, you may apply later, after at least one semester of enrollment, through the Secondary Admission process.  Secondary Admission applications are accepted at the end of each semester, and are described below.  If you are a student at Duquesne, you should talk to your advisor about your interest and intent to apply.

Undergraduate Secondary Admission Process

Undergraduate students who were not previously admitted to the Undergraduate Pre-Medical and Health Professions Program (UG-PMHPP) as entering freshmen may apply and be admitted to the program through a secondary admission process. Students accepted into the UG-PMHPP Post-Secondary Certificate Program through this secondary admission process are eligible for all of the same services and opportunities as are those admitted through the regular freshman admission process. Students applying and being admitted through secondary admission must, like all other students in the UG-PMHPP, be eligible to receive the Post-Secondary Certificate in Pre-Medical & Health Professions at the time of application to medical or dental school to be eligible for a Duquesne University Letter of Endorsement for their applications. Secondary admission students who need less than 15 credits of math, science, or psychology/sociology coursework at the time of acceptance to the UG-PMHPP are eligible to enroll and receive some UG-PMHPP services; however, they are not eligible for the UG-PMHPP Post-Secondary Certificate or a PMHPP Letter of Endorsement.

Secondary Admission applications for the UG-PMHPP are accepted at the end of each academic term (December 1st, May 1st, August 1st); however, final admission decisions are not made until after all transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are received. Transfer students and currently enrolled Duquesne upperclassman applicants are required to successfully complete an interview with the PMHPP during the semester of application before admission into the UG-PMHPP is granted; freshman applicants are not required to have an UG-PMHPP interview. Final grades will be confirmed via an official University transcript from all schools where college coursework was completed.

Admission Qualifications for Transfer and Current DU Undergraduate Students:

  • Minimum of a 3.25 Science GPA and 3.25 Math/Science GPA,
  • Minimum Cumulative (Overall) GPA >3.25,
  • No grade lower than a "C" in any science, math or psychology/social science course,
  • At least one science course (completed or in progress) at the time of application,
  • Be in good standing at the University and within his/her respective School,
  • Successful interview with the PMHPP.

NOTE: Students must report all applicable grades and GPAs from all institutions where courses have been completed or are in progress.

Secondary Admission Application
Math/Science GPA Worksheet
A applicant must also submit a copy of his/her resume along with his/her application and GPA worksheet.

Non-PMHPP students are welcome to participate in a one-time 15 minute appointment with a PMHPP advisor to receive introductory guidance and advice on the best ways to proceed with their intended plans for medical, dental or other health professional careers on their own

Transfer Students to the University

The UG-PMHPP only accepts transfer students who have been formally accepted to an academic major program at the University. Transfer students with deficient coursework may be required to repeat that coursework while enrolled at Duquesne, because academic performance at all colleges/universities attended will be considered by the medical, dental, or other health professional schools to which students apply.

 Undergraduate Student Retention Standards:

Undergraduate student retention standards are the same for all students in the PMHPP regardless of pathway for admission. A full description of this policy may be found in the PMHPP Student Handbook.

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA and 3.0 Semester GPA
  • No grade lower than "C" in any course
  • 3.0 Cumulative and 3.0 Semester Math/Science GPA
  • 3.0 Cumulative and 3.0 Semester Science GPA
  • Consistent enrolllment and passing grades in all PMHP and PBPM courses
  • Continual progress to acquire professional pre-requisites


The PMHPP does not grant minors.  A Pre-Health minor/track is available for students enrolled in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts or in the Rangos School of Health Sciences (Health Management Systems).  These programs are separate from the PMHPP, and students are not automatically enrolled into the PMHPP if they are enrolled in these academic minor programs.  If a student wishes to take advantage of the PMHPP offerings, he/she must apply and meet the PMHPP admission requirements listed above to be enrolled in our program.  Please click on the above links for more information on those tracks.