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Nursing Degrees for Military Personnel and Veterans

Casey Courage, Sergeant, Marine Corps

Duquesne University and the School of Nursing are proud to have veterans, active-duty personnel, and members of the National Guard and Reserves, as well as their dependents, among our student population.

The School of Nursing has a strong track record of providing military friendly, quality nursing education with superior outcomes. We are committed to providing veteran students, as well as their dependents, the support needed to pursue higher education and successfully join or advance in the nursing profession.

Our goal is to help veterans, military members and their dependents achieve a first-class undergraduate or graduate nursing education.

Pathways to a BSN Degree

Do you:

Already have a BS or BA degree and are interested in becoming a nurse?
12-month Second Degree BSN
16-month Second Degree BSN

Have some college credits?
BSN Transfer Admissions

No college experience and are wanting for a nursing degree?
Traditional four-year BSN Program 

Military Friendly School

Military Friendly top 10 logo 2021Duquesne University School of Nursing has earned #1 ranking among the Military Friendly® Top 10  Schools and is also a Military Spouse Friendly School. 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.

Research Study Opportunity for Veteran Caregivers

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Accounts of Care Partnerships with Wounded, Ill or Injured Service Members

Are you a Caregiver of a Service Member receiving health care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center?

Share your caregiver story in an individual or care partner group conducted at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Knowledge gained from your caregiver experience is invaluable to improving patient health and outcomes in the education of health care providers and to inform health care policy. If you, or someone you know, assists or provides care to someone who has sustained an injury or who is ill, we would very much like to hear from you. This will be a one-time commitment of 60-90 minutes.

For more information or to participate, contact Jill Speer at 412.396.2308 or

Learn More

Hear What It is Like to be a Vet in a Nursing Program

Travis Ling, Intelligence Spc. 2nd Class, U.S.Navy, shares about the clinical aspects of our Second Degree BSN program.

Jasmine Smith, SrA, PAANG, speaks about the support she's received from faculty and staff.

Catch Up with Veteran Alumni

Army vet Sarah Bryant, 2019 BSN, RN, shares why she enrolled in our Second Degree BSN program (page 22 of our Nursing magazine).

Jazzlyn Horton, an Air Force veteran and 2018 BSN alumna, discusses her education at Duquesne and reflects on what it is like to work and pursue higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic (page 18 of G.I. Jobs).

Read about Our Faculty in Veteran Publications

Sr. Rosemary Donley, PhD, APRN, FAAN, is featured as an everyday nursing hero on page 27 in the Journal of Health and Human Experience.