Reach your goal to become a physician, dentist, veterinarian or other health care professional.

Duquesne's Pre-Medical and Health Professions Programs (PMHPP) assist both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students in becoming the most competitive applicants possible - helping you to navigate the pre-requisite requirements, multi-tiered admission processes, while also giving you opportunities to learn basic medical skills and identify important experiences to prepare you for your future.

Each year, the number of applications for medical and health professional schools grows exponentially, while the acceptance rates remain consistent, so it's important to take advantage of opportunities that make that process easier - and the PMHPP can help you do that. Competition for admission to professional school is always very intense, but in 2021, the volume of applications to medical and other health professional schools was higher than it has ever been before.

Here's an idea of the competition that you will be facing based upon 2021 data:

  • 53,030 applicants for allopathic (MD) medical school with only 41.9% of applicants accepted to MD school,
  • 30,308 for osteopathic (DO) medical school (acceptance rate 27.3%),
  • 10,965 applicants for dental school in the United States (acceptance rate 57.1%),
  • 27,283 applicants for post-baccalaureate (PB) physician assistant school (41.4% accepted),
  • 8,152 applicants for veterinary medical school (acceptance rate 45.6%), and
  • 1,006 applicants for podiatry school (67.5% accepted).

Not only are there more applicants for admission to medical and other professional schools, but the quality of those applicants also continues to increase. We encourage you to become a part of Duquesne's legacy of success in medicine and health care and enroll in the PMHPP to help you successfully navigate your path to a career in medicine.

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Overall Acceptance Rates

PMHPP Medical and Health Professions School

Our students' futures are bright beyond Duquesne. Acceptance into graduate medical, dental and other health professional schools is very competitive, and our PMHPP students are prepared to succeed.

Acceptance Rates

Above average acceptance rates 2015-2022

Over the past seven years, Duquesne University's PMHPP students have been accepted to professional schools at rates that consistently exceed the national averages.

  • Medicine (MD & DO combined)—DU: 81.97%; national: 37.2%
  • Dental Medicine—DU: 77.78%; national: 51.8%
  • Veterinary Medicine—DU: 100%; national: 50%
  • Podiatric Medicine—DU: 100%; national: 57.6%
  • Physician Assistant—DU: 72.92%, national: 32.6%
  • Optometry—DU: 100%; national: 70.8%
  • Physical Therapy—DU: 100%; national: 53.8%
  • Post-Baccalaureate Nursing—DU: 100%; national data unavailable
  • Public Health—DU: 100%; national data unavailable
  • Naturopathic Medicine—DU: 100%; national data unavailable

This data combines undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students. The PMHPP tracks data and outcomes only those students officially enrolled in our Post-Secondary and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs. Data reported does not represent other Duquesne University students who may apply to graduate medical and/or other advanced graduate health professional schools/programs.

Schools of Acceptance

Duquesne PMHPP students are encouraged to seek out and apply to those schools and programs that best fit their interests, skills, abilities, and philosophies. The PMHPP supports and assists all PMHPP students in their selections and admission processes, but has no control or authority over students' decisions. The list below includes all of those schools and programs that have accepted PMHPP students between 2016-2022.

  • University of Maryland
  • University at Buffalo
  • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Temple University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Wright State University
  • Ohio State University
  • West Virginia University
  • Marshall University
  • St. George's University
  • Ross University School of Medicine
  • Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • American University of Antigua
  • Harvard University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Drexel University
  • Syracuse University (SUNY Upstate)
  • Howard University
  • University of South Carolina
  • Northeast Ohio University
  • Case Western University
  • University of Virginia
  • Rutgers University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • University of Alabama Birmingham
  • Philadelphia COM
  • Lake Erie COM (all campuses)
  • Chicago COM
  • West Virginia COM
  • Alabama COM
  • New York Institute of Technology COM
  • Kansas City University COM
  • Des Moines COM
  • Campbell University COM
  • Kentucky COM
  • Ohio University COM
  • Touro University (CA) COM
  • University of New England COM
  • Virginia COM
  • Arkansas COM
  • New York Institute of Technology COM
  • Burrell COM
  • Temple University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • West Virginia University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • Midwestern University
  • New York Medical College
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of New England
  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • Case Western University
  • Lake Erie College of Dental Medicine
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Connecticut
  • AT Still University
  • Boston University
  • Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • New England College of Optometry
  • Ohio State University
  • Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Midwestern College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ross University of Veterinary Medicine
  • St. George University
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Cornell University
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois
  • Christian Brothers University
  • Misericordia University
  • Mercyhurst College
  • Duquesne University
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lock Haven University of PA
  • University of Charleston
  • Arcadia University
  • Shenandoah University
  • Boston University
  • Chatham University
  • Duquesne University
  • Old Dominion University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Southern California
  • Washington University
  • West Virginia University
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Temple University
  • Kent State University
  • Western University
  • Barry University
  • Gwynedd Mercy University
  • University of New England
  • Carlow University
  • Duquesne University
  • National University of Natural Medicine
  • Purdue University
  • Case Western University
  • Hofstra University
  • Rutgers University
  • Drexel University
  • Peace Corps

Meet the PMHPP Staff

For general inquiries, please email

Paula Sammarone Turocy EdD, LAT, ATC


Amy R. Whittington, M.S.

Associate Director

Deanna Liberatore, B.S.

Administrative Assistant II