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BSN Program Admissions - International Students

Duquesne University is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant foreign nationals. However, no immigration documents can be issued until all application materials, including financial resource certification, have been received. All international students are required to have health insurance per U.S. immigration law and University policy. For more information, please visit the Center for Global Engagement.

Applicants please note:
Individuals planning to practice in Pennsylvania who have been convicted of any crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any court or who have any criminal charges pending/unresolved may be prohibited from licensure or re-licensure as a Registered Nurse OR may be mandated to complete additional requirements in order to be eligible for licensure, as determined by the PA State Board of Nursing. Any student with such a history must contact the PA State Board of Nursing Bureau of Health Professionals Monitoring (717-783-4857) for guidance prior to enrollment.

Students who plan on applying for licensure outside of the state of Pennsylvania should contact the State Board of Nursing in their respective state.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

  • English is the language of instruction at Duquesne University.

  • ALL accepted undergraduate students whose first language is other than English, are required to sit for English Language Placement Tests.

  • Applicants to undergraduate degree programs are required to take the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, however, it is highly recommended. Scores should be submitted as part of the application.

  • Students who submit official TOEFL scores of 575p (90 iBT) 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

You must meet all international admissions requirements as determined by the Office of International Programs in addition to the School of Nursing admissions requirements.

Academic guidelines for high school students:

Required Courses

Recommended Courses

Helpful Courses

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

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


  • Graduation from an institution of higher learning recognized as an acceptable equivalent to a U.S. high school.
  • A demonstrated record of acceptable academic success.
  • Students must meet the Technical Standards for Admission.
  • A personal/phone interview with a representative of the School of Nursing is highly recommended prior to admission. Contact Brian Bost, Nursing Recruiter   412.396.6539   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 application 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.