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Prerequisites

Students are admitted into the Emergency Medicine program after successful completion of the following prerequisite courses:

  • Natural Sciences / Psychology, 6 credits
  • Humanities / Social Sciences, 6 credits
  • Oral* / Written Communication, 6 credits
  • Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Science, 4 credits
  • Additional credits from above content areas, 8 credits
  • Additional Coursework, 26 credits
  • To enter the program as a junior an applicant must have EMT with lab, 4 credits
  • To enter the program as a senior an applicant must have current certification/licensure as a paramedic 

*Accepted Oral Communications Courses: COMMRC 0500, 0510, 0520, 0530, 0540, 0550

Other Admission Criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative QPA of 2.5 (based on 4.0).
  • Minimum prerequisite QPA of 2.5.
  • A minimum grade of C- or better for EM prerequisite courses and a grade of D or better for additional coursework taken at Pitt. A minimum grade of C is required for transfer.

Junior Year Applicants

A minimum of 60 college credits are required, including the required prerequisite courses. There is space for 48 junior year students. 

Application Requirements

Pitt Students (including regional campuses)

Complete the SHRS ApplyYourself application. Application Deadline: March 15. 

Transfer Students

Transfer students must apply to the University of Pittsburgh by completing the Office of Admission and Financial Aid's Transfer Application and selecting Emergency Medicine as their intended field of study. International transfer students click here. Application deadline: February 15.

All applicants must:

  • Submit a 1 - 2 page personal essay discussing how you became interested in the field, any work or volunteer experience you have that will demonstrate your awareness of the field, and your long-term professional goals. Also include other areas of interest, extracurricular activities, and leadership experiences;
  • Submit one letter of recommendation: college instructor or supervisor preferred;
  • Submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
  • Have a personal interview iwth the emergency medicine faculty;
  • Applications can be submitted while course requirements are in progress. 

Please note that admission to the program is competitive. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.

Additional Information

This program requires students to complete clinical education at facilities external to the University, and such facilities will require a criminal background check, an Act 33/34/73 clearance, physical examination and a drug screen to determine whether the student applicant is qualified to participate in the clinical education. Students are required to maintain health insurance throughout the entire junior year and strongly recommended for senior year. Additionally, in order to become certified/licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony.

Senior Year Applicants

Senior transfer students are required to have current certification/licensure as a paramedic and have completed 51 college credits, including the required prerequisite courses. Students are required to earn 30 credits at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. These 30 credits may not include prerequisite courses. All Senior Transfer students will be offered a 3-credit online EM course each semester to fulfill the 30-credit requirement (Beyond the Body will be offered in the fall semester, and Organizational Theory will be offered in the spring). Students may take other 3-credit courses within SHRS (which might not be online) each semester to fulfill the 30-credit requirement.

Apply to the University of Pittsburgh by completing the Office of Admission and Financial Aid's Transfer Application and selecting Emergency Medicine as your intended field of study. Applications deadline: March 15.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by the deadline as class size is limited. Applications recieved after the deadline will be reviewed based upon available space. 

Senior year applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Bob Seitz prior to applying to the University.

Currently Serving Military Applicants

Currently Serving Military (ADM) applicants are required to have current certification/licensure as a paramedic, ATP, or equivalent. Applicants must have completed 51 college credits, including prerequisite courses. Students are required to earn 30 credits at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. These 30 credits may not include prerequisite courses. All ADM students will be offered a 3-credit EM elective each semester to fulfill the 30-credit requirement (Beyond the Body will be offered in the fall semester, and Organizational Theory will be offered in the spring).

Apply to the University of Pittsburgh by completing the Office of Admission and Financial Aid's Transfer Application and selecting Emergency Medicine as your intended field of study. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Currently Serving Military applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Bob Seitz prior to applying to the University.