Bachelor of Science in Nursing Admissions

Admissions Criteria

The primary consideration for admission is the secondary school academic record. In order for your application to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, you must:

  1. Have completed Algebra, Biology and Chemistry-all of which are requirements for Nursing.
  2. Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
  3. Have scored at least 1080 on the College Entrance Examination Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or at least 22 on the American College Testing Program (ACT).
  4. Submit one letter of recommendation, preferably from a science or math teacher.
  5. Submit a personal essay, which follows the main Admissions guidelines.
  6. Meet the Technical Standards for Admission.

Application Process

  1. Complete an online Application for Undergraduate Admission.
  2. Upload application requirements to your applicant portal.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required documents are submitted. No final decision can be made on any application until all required documentation is on file.

Transfer Students

Internal Transfer Students

Current Duquesne students who wish to transfer to the School of Nursing, or to learn more about the internal transfer process, should visit the School of Nursing site in DORI.

External Transfer Students

Admission of external transfer students (current students at another college or university) to the School of Nursing is based on space availability within an existing class.

Please note that:

  • Only courses taken within the past 10 years will be evaluated for transfer credit. For courses in the natural sciences, the limit is five years.
  • You cannot enroll in nursing clinical practicum courses during the first semester of attendance at Duquesne University.
  • You must take all required nursing courses at Duquesne; nursing courses from other institutions are not accepted.

For additional information regarding transferring to Duquesne, learn more from the Office of Admissions.

Admissions Criteria

In order for your application to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, you must:

  • Have minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Have scored at least 1080 on the College Entrance Examination Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or at least 22 on the American College Testing Program (ACT).
  • Have a grade of "C" or higher (a "C-" will not be accepted) in all requested transfer coursework.
  • Have completed at least one full semester of coursework, with another full semester in progress. Admission decisions will be contingent upon students having completed two full semesters prior to enrolling in the BSN program.
  • Meet the Technical Standards for Admission.

The School of Nursing seeks to enroll students who demonstrate the ability to be successful in a rigorous program of study. To that end, students should consider taking these courses, along with other core courses required by Duquesne University:

  • Biology w/lab - 4 credits
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/ lab - 4 credits
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab - 4 credits
  • Microbiology w/lab - 4 credits
  • Statistics - 3 credits

Application Process

  1. Complete an Application for Undergraduate Admission.
  2. Complete the Duquesne University External Transfer Form.
  3. Ask your Science or Math professor to complete the Undergraduate Recommendation Form.
  4. Have the following documents sent directly to the Office of Admissions:
  • An official high school transcript, including SAT and/or ACT test scores
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Completed essay

Mailing address:
Office of Admissions
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15282


Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For additional information regarding transferring to Duquesne, learn more from the Office of Admissions.

International Students

General Admission Requirements

In addition to the School of Nursing admissions requirements listed above, you must meet all international admissions requirements as determined by International Admissions.

Duquesne University requires submission of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores for all non-native English-speaking applicants.

Students who submit official TOEFL scores of 575p (90 iBT) or higher, or IELTS scores of 7 or higher, current to within one year, are excused from English Language Placement Tests except for the written and spoken English tests.

School of Nursing Admissions Criteria

In order for your application to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, you must:

1. Have completed the following required courses:

  • Algebra I (1 year)
  • General Science (1 year)
  • Biology (1 year)
  • Chemistry (1 year)
  • English (4 years)
  • Social Studies (3-4 years)

You may also want to consider completing the following recommended courses:

  • Algebra II
  • Plane Geometry I
  • Trigonometry
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Advanced Science
  • Oral Communication
  • Fine Arts

Calculus could also be helpful.

2. Have graduated from an institution of higher learning recognized as an acceptable equivalent to a U.S. high school.
3. Have a demonstrated record of acceptable academic success.
4. Meet the Technical Standards for Admission.

A personal/phone interview with a representative of the School of Nursing is also highly recommended prior to admission. Contact Brian Bost, Nursing Recruiter at 412.396.6539 or bostb@duq.edu.

Application Process

1. Complete the online Duquesne University Undergraduate Application.
2. Provide an official transcript of high school grades.
3. Provide a statement addressing your decision to pursue a BSN degree and future career goals. Use a separate sheet and limit to one typed page, double-spaced.
4. Provide one recommendation letter from a school principal or teacher.
5. Upload application documents to your applicant portal.
6. Submit a check or money order for the $50 application fee (non-refundable) made payable to Duquesne University.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required documents are submitted. No final decision can be made on any application until all required documentation is on file.