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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:

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Best Graduate Schools 2018

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Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans 2016

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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

Nearly 40 Years Later, Nursing School Alumni to Pin Daughter at Nursing Diploma Ceremony

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At their May 1977 graduation from Duquesne University's School of Nursing, Nancy Shakarian (Murphy) and Robert Murphy never could have guessed that nearly 40 years later they would be back at Duquesne not only celebrating their daughter's graduation from their alma mater, but having the opportunity to "pin" her at the School of Nursing diploma ceremony. Read more...

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.

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...

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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