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Additional Application requirements for transfer students to the Health Sciences

Transfer applicants to Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology must have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered. Transfer Applicants to Athletic Training and Health Management Systems must have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 to be considered.

  • 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.
  • Applicants should include a resume or curriculum vita.
  • SAT or ACT scores are required for transfer students.  Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy students must have at least 1100 SAT (Math/Critical Reading) or 25 ACT to be considered. Athletic Training, Health Management Systems and Speech-Language Pathology will consider applicants with a score greater than 1000 SAT (Math/Critical Reading) or 25 ACT, but preference is given to students who exceed 1100 SAT (Math/Critical Reading) or 25 ACT.
  • Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy applicants must include documentation of shadowing, volunteer or paid experience in the applicant’s respective field.The summary must indicate the facility name, supervisor’s name (including signature and licensure number where applicable), dates of experience(s) and types of responsibilities and/or observations.

    - Occupational therapy applicants will be required to provide documentation of a minimum of 40 shadowing hours directly with a registered and licensed occupational therapist prior to entrance to the professional phase (December of the third year).

    - Physical Therapy applicants must include documentation of 100 volunteer hours in a minimum of two different clinical practice settings prior to admittance into the professional phase of the program.
  • Applicants to the Speech-Language Pathology program who wish to be eligible for state teacher certification as a “Teacher of the Speech and Language Impaired” must include copies of syllabi from any prior education coursework.





Athletic Training

July 1

December 15

Health Management Systems

July 1

December 15

Occupational Therapy

July 1

December 15

Physical Therapy

May 1

December 15

Speech-Language Pathology

July 1

December 15

* * Due to capacity constraints admission will be extremely limited for all 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.


Our mailing address is:

302 Health Sciences Building
Duquesne University
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).