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School of Nursing

Preparing Tomorrow’s Health Care Leaders

If you want to become a nurse—or if you already are a nurse and you aspire to higher levels of professionalism—then we have a program for you. The Duquesne University School of Nursing can match your ambition with an academic program that will help you become the best nurse you can be. 

Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, Duquesne will prepare you to excel in the rapidly changing profession of nursing.  While you’re learning the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver the best patient care possible, you also will be inspired to develop personal and ethical values that make you not just a care provider, but a health care leader.

Academics That Will Set You Apart

The School of Nursing is a widely recognized pioneer in nursing education, having created Pennsylvania’s first B.S.N. program in 1937 and the nation’s first online nursing Ph.D. program in 1997. Today, our school is recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence, and our graduate program has been ranked nationally by US News & World Report. 

Ranked Among the Best Nationally

As a testament to the quality of our academic programs, Duquesne University School of Nursing has earned important national accolades:

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Best Graduate Schools 2018

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Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans 2018

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Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs 2018

Number of times designated as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence

A Diverse Offering of Programs

No matter where you are in your life and career journey, the School of Nursing has a program to fit your needs:


  • BSN - This traditional, four-year degree program is for graduating high school and transfer students who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
  • BME/BSN - A new, innovative 5-year dual degree program in both biomedical engineering (BME) and nursing (BSN).
  • Second-Degree BSN - This unique program allows non-nurse baccalaureate degree holders to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 3 semesters.
  • RN-BSN - A BSN completion program for RN's with an ADN or a Diploma in Nursing.


  • MSN - Our Master of Science in Nursing program offers three distinctive areas of specialization: Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner, Forensic Nursing and Nursing Education and Faculty Role.
  • PhD - An online doctorate with a research focus.
  • DNP - An online doctorate with a clinical focus.
  • Post-Master's Certificates - These certificate programs allow nurses with MSN degrees to acquire specialized skills that may not have been offered in their master's programs.

Nursing News

FNP Certification Exam Pass Rate

Congratulations to our MSN and Post-masters Certificate FNP students whose combined pass rate for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program examination was 94%!


Sr. Rosemary DonleyMary Ellen GlasgowCongratulations to Sr. Rosemary Donley and Mary Ellen Glasgow, who were inducted into the Irish Education 100. This national list, compiled annually since 2009 and published by the Irish Voice, honors prominent leaders in American education, especially at the university level, who are of Irish descent.

Military Friendly School

Military Friendly gold logoDuquesne University School of Nursing has been named a Military Friendly® Top 10 Gold Medal School for 2018. For more than a decade, Military Friendly® ratings have set the standard for companies and colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families. Read more...

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