Duquesne University College of Osteopathic Medicine - DUQCOM

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General Information

DUQCOM's updates for this cycle are pending and will be posted as soon as available.  

Duquesne University was founded in 1878, and is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals.

The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. The medical school is now poised to train physician servant-leaders who will practice in all medical specialties with a focus on primary care medicine, cultural humility, and compassionate care of all populations; the curriculum will be centered around the study of the social determinants of health, and how the practice of medicine in our area requires the lens of social justice to provide excellent care for all those in need.

For their first two years, students will study at the University’s medical school, which will feature state-of-the-art technology including the study of anatomy using cadaver-based dissection, radiology, ultrasound, and Hololens technology. Biomedical science instruction will be learned in a clinically relevant manner with a focus on various areas of patient care, including family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine and surgery, among others.

The final two years of training will take place at the school’s partner hospitals. Duquesne has agreements with numerous hospitals in western and northwestern Pennsylvania including University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Butler Health System, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Excela Health System, Heritage Valley, Indiana Regional Medical Center, Meadville Medical Center, Punxsutawney Area Hospital, Sharon Regional Medical Center, St. Clair Hospital (a Mayo Clinic affiliate), Trinity Health System, Weirton Medical Center, and eight regional federally qualified health centers. These healthcare partners will offer clinical placements for third-year and fourth-year medical students.

With its expertise in nursing, pharmacy, allied health care and the sciences, Duquesne’s College of Osteopathic Medicine will focus on integrative and community health, and students will learn using state-of-the-art medical technology including a large simulation hospital with a labor and delivery suite, operating room, intensive care unit, three-bay emergency department, and 3-D virtual ultrasound lab.

Because the region and nation are facing a growing shortage of primary care doctors, especially in underserved urban and rural areas, DUQCOM remains committed to promoting health equity in the region as they train the next generation of physicians for Pittsburgh, the region, and beyond.

  • Duquesne COM campus in the Fall.
  • Duquesne University COM logo
  • Architectural rendering of the Duquesne COM building

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Duquesne University College of Osteopathic Medicine is to provide excellence in medical education.  The College will train physicians who will serve God, in the Spiritan tradition, by caring for all people in all communities, including in underserved urban and rural communities of Western Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world, addressing healthcare disparities among these communities. The College will graduate physician leaders in all medical specialties with a focus on primary care.

Closest City Pittsburgh, PA

Campus Setting



Duquesne University will construct an 80,000 square-foot building on Forbes Avenue, providing a highly visible home for the Duquesne University College of Osteopathic Medicine. We have engaged a nationally-known architectural firm with vast experience in designing innovative and highly-functional academic medical facilities for renowned institutions across the country.

Our holistic approach includes areas for formal classroom learning, experiential and immersive learning (including advanced simulation technologies), student interaction and administration. An additional 20,000 square feet of existing space will be renovated to house a health sciences library and the University's new Center for Student Wellbeing.

Our new building will incorporate the most advanced technologies, housed in a state-of-the-art simulation hospital setting. Animation graphics and virtual and augmented reality systems will allow for realism in immersion training that human subjects, cadavers or even the most sophisticated mannequins can't match. HoloLens technology, for example, has been shown to promote better learning outcomes; students learn more quickly and accurately, and retain information better than they do using cadavers. These resources will make Duquesne a national leader in the application of simulation technology in education for truly integrative health care. Still, this is Duquesne, where it's all about people. The success of our new College and vision for integrative health will ultimately rest on the faculty who teach, the students who learn and the curriculum provided in our new facilities.

Student Residence Options

On-campus housing is available and off-campus housing is offered by private companies not affiliated with the university.
Accreditation & Affiliation

COM Accreditation Status Pre-accreditation status

University Affiliation(s) Duquesne University

Student Demographics
  • Entering Class 2024

    The Duquesne University College of Osteopathic Medicine's inaugural class will begin in 2024.  The projected enrollment for 2024 is 85 students. One hundred and twenty seven students are projected for the 2025 entering class and 170 students are projected for the 2026 entering class. 

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Campus Contact

Duquesne University College of Osteopathic Medicine - DUQCOM

600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219


(412) 396-5559


Admissions Office

Curricular Offerings

DUQCOM's updates for this cycle are pending and will be posted as soon as available.  

Preparatory Programs

Preparatory/Postbaccalaureate Programs Offered

Pre-medical and Health Professions Programs

Early Assurance Program

Masters in Biomedical Sciences

Premedical Coursework

Courses below are shown as either Recommended or Required and, when applicable, include the number of semester hours needed.

DUQCOM's updates for this cycle are pending and will be posted as soon as available.  

Science Courses

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Inorganic)

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Organic)

8 semester hours


8 semester hours

Additional Science Courses

Recommended:  a minimum of 6 additional biomedical science credit hours at the 200 level or above, which prepare the applicant for medical school.  These include but are not limited to anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, virology, and genetics.

Non-Science Courses
College English

6 semester hours


DUQCOM's updates for this cycle are pending and will be posted as soon as available.  

Applicants must possess the academic background and capacity to adapt to a rigorous academic environment and to successfully complete the curriculum.  Additionally, the COM uses a mission-driven admissions process; therefore, the applicants should demonstrate a history of compassion, empathy, dedication, and an interest in care for rural or urban medically underserved populations as evidenced by community service, outreach-oriented clinical activities, or research to promote the advancement of medical science.

Applicants for admission must meet the requirements outlined in this document to be considered for an interview, including the following:

  1. Must achieve a minimum of a 3.2 science GPA and 3.2 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale. Higher GPAs are generally required to be competitive. The COM follows the AACOMAS definition of science courses to determine science GPA. See the AACOMAS website for more information.


  2. Must submit official MCAT transcripts through AACOMAS with a date of completion, which is within three years or less of the intended matriculation date.  Must achieve a minimum MCAT of 500. Higher MCAT scores are generally required to be competitive.


  3. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident. 
Admissions Processes

Interview Options: Option to interview virtually or in-person

Physician letter required? MD or DO

Virtual Shadowing Options? Will accept EITHER virtual or in-person shadowing

Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? Yes

Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? No

Will your institution waive MCAT exam requirements? No

Accepts online lab coursework? Yes

If the course was taken in the 2020-2021 academic year

Application Information

Earliest Application Submission Date: May 4, 2024

Submission Timing for Best Consideration

For best consideration for the 2024-2025 entering class, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application before December 1, 2023.

First Year Class Matriculant's Selection Factors

First year class matriculant’s selection factors will be based primarily on the applicant’s demonstrated academic achievements, performance on standardized examinations, community service, leadership activities, and clinical shadowing/healthcare experiences as presented on the AACOMAS application, as well as on the mission fit for the program.

International Students Accepted? Does Not Accept International Students

Are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students considered for admissions? No

Early Decision Program (EDP)

EDP Offered? Yes

Admissions EDP Available For

Both In-state and Out-of-State

EDP Application Due Date

August 15, 2023

EDP Supplemental Materials Due

August 15, 2023

Supplemental Application

Supplemental Application Required? Yes

Personal statement, additional questions, secondary application fee

Supplemental Application Sent To: Screened Applicants

Students who meet the prerequisite, GPA, MCAT, and other admission requirements

Supplemental Application Fee: $65

Supplemental Application Fee Refundable? No

Supplemental Application Fee Waiver Available? No

Acceptances/Deposit Schedule

Earliest Acceptance Date

August 1, 2023

Latest Acceptance Date

July 15, 2024

Orientation/Start Date for First Year Students

July 15, 2024

Deferred Entrance Requests Considered? Yes

Applicants will be asked to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following traffic guideline schedule:

  • Those accepted between July 26 - September 1 will have until December 1.
  • Those accepted between September 2 and December 1 will have 30 days.
  • Those accepted between December 2 and February 1 will have 14 days.
  • Those accepted on or after February 2 may be asked for an immediate deposit.
MCAT/GPA Information

Oldest MCAT Considered: July 15, 2021

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • Interfolio
  • Paper
  • Email

Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

2023-2024 Academic Year

DUQCOM's updates for this cycle are pending and will be posted as soon as available.  


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Tuition Fees Include

Health Service
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Technology (not computer)

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Deposit Applied to Tuition? Yes

Deposit Refundable? No

Financial Aid

Percent of Enrolled Students with Financial Aid TBD

Scholarships Offered? Yes

Annual Scholarship/Grant Per Student: TBD