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.

  1. Only courses with a ‘C' or better will transfer. The University honors +/- grades, with the exception of C-,' which is unacceptable.
  2. Only those courses pertinent to the student's particular program will be transferred.
  3. Only the credits for acceptable courses are transferred; not the grades.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. There is a ten-year statute of limitations for science courses, including labs.
  7. Athletic Training Students: All science courses must be taken through a four-year accredited institution and may not be an online format.
  8. Occupational Therapy Students: All science courses must be taken through a four-year accredited institution and may not be an online format.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
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).