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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 but 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:

U.S. News & World Report
Best Graduate Schools 2017

U.S. News & World Report
Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans 2016

number 26

U.S. News & World Report
Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs 2017

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

AJN Book of the Year

bookCongratulations to Dr. Kathleen Sekula for winning AJN Book of the Year Award! Her co-authored book, A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing: Incorporating Forensic Principles into Nursing Practice received two AJN Book of the Year Awards: it was awarded first place in the Critical Care/Emergency Nursing category and third place in the Medical-Surgical Nursing category.

Staff Award

Sean Flaherty

Congratulations to Sean Flaherty, recipient of the Duquesne University 2016 Quality Service Award. Sean is the Outcomes Coordinator for the School of Nursing, where he staffs the Faculty Search Committee and organizes continuing education efforts. He recently served as a member of the School's accreditation team.

Nurses Rank #1 in Gallup Poll

For the 15th year in a row, the American public has honored the nursing profession with the ranking of the "highest honesty and ethical standards," according to the annual Gallup poll.

Every nurse should be proud and joyous at this amazing honor!

Military Friendly School

Military Friendly gold logoDuquesne University School of Nursing has been named a Gold Medal (Schools scoring within 20% of the last-ranked [10th] institution) Military Friendly® School Award recipient for 2017. 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...

New PSNA President

Mark CriderCongratulations to Dr. Mark C. Crider who was elected to a two-year term as President of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA). PSNA is the statewide professional society of nursing in Pennsylvania and the state constituent member of the American Nurses Association (ANA).

As PSNA president, Dr. Crider will represent the comprehensive interests of over 250,000 licensed registered nurses in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania in both state and national policy issues affecting the health and wellness of the US population.  Read more...

In Memoriam

October 13, 2016

Gladys HustedDr. Gladys Husted, Professor Emerita

Donations being accepted for the Gladys Husted Conference Room Fund.
See the information at the bottom of the memoriam page.

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