Instructions for External Transfer Students
Fall start - July 1
Spring start - December 15
* Due to capacity constraints admission will be extremely limited for many programs - in many semesters we do not admit transfer students.
** Due to capacity constraints we only consider first-time freshman to the Physician Assistant Studies program. We are not accepting transfer or second-degree applications at this time.
In order to apply for admission, the following items must be submitted:
- An application for admission.
- A transfer form.
- An official high school transcript. For Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy applicants, Standardized Test Scores are also required (SAT or ACT).
- Official transcripts of all previous college work. (International students must supply an evaluation by any NACES-approved company with their transcripts).
- Standardized Tests - SAT or ACT scores are required for transfer students. Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy students must have at least 1170 or better or a composite ACT of 24 or better. Athletic Training, The other programs will consider applicants with a score greater than 1080 SAT (Math/Critical Reading) or 21 ACT, but preference is given to students who exceed 1170 or better 24 ACT.
- Applicants must submit a typed, double-spaced, critical self-evaluation essay discussing: (1) why you became interested in the field and the program for which you are applying; (2) general work experience and any other experiences you wish to share; (3) honors you have received; (4) long-term professional goals. Competitive essays demonstrate an awareness of the field and are usually a maximum of three pages in length.
- A complete summary of all health care experience in the applicant's field of interest (if applicable). Feel free to use our Experience Summary form.
- The $50.00 application fee.
Students may be eligible to receive transfer credits for college courses completed prior to acceptance and/or taken away from Duquesne during the summer. Official credit evaluations for incoming students will only be done upon acceptance. Non-accepted students may request unofficial transfer credit evaluations through the RSHS Office of the Dean.
Following are guidelines for the evaluation of transfer credits.
- Only courses with a ‘C' or better will transfer. The University honors +/- grades, with the exception of C-,' which is unacceptable.
- Only those courses pertinent to the student's particular program will be transferred.
- Only the credits for acceptable courses are transferred; not the grades.
- Once a student has earned 60 or more college credits - regardless of their transferability to a RSHS program - all future transfer credits must be obtained at a four-year accredited institution, not a community or two-year college.
- No developmental or preparatory courses are acceptable for transfer. Generally, these courses are at or below the 100-level and are intended to strengthen a student's background in preparation for college-level courses. In particular, science courses must be those that are for science majors (not preparatory or for non-science majors) and must carry labs.
- There is a ten-year statute of limitations for science courses, including labs.
- Athletic Training Students: All science courses must be taken through a four-year accredited institution and may not be an online format.
- Occupational Therapy Students: All science courses must be taken through a four-year accredited institution and may not be an online format.
- PhysicalTherapy Students: All prerequisite courses (Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs, Biology I & II with labs, Chemistry I & II with labs, Physics I & II with labs, Introduction to Biostatistics, and Introduction to Psychology) must be taken through a four-year accredited institution. In addition, all science courses must be taken through a four-year accredited institution and may not be an online format.
- Some prerequisite courses may need to be completed through RSHS once the student has been accepted. Examples include: Anatomy I and II, Physiology I and II, Medical Sciences I and II, Functional Kinesiology, Essential Concepts & Techniques in AT, Foundations & Concepts of Occupational Therapy, Human Motion & Movement.
Your application is not considered complete and will not be reviewed until you have submitted all of the above information.
Our mailing address is:
302 Health Sciences Building
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
If you have any questions about the Transfer process, please contact Chris Hilf in the Office of the Dean (412-396-5653).