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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 and 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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U.S. News & World Report
Best Graduate Schools 2019

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Best Graduate Schools - Doctor of Nursing Practice degree 2019

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Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans 2018

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Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs 2018

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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.


Extraordinary Healers Essay Collection

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Congratulations to Dr. Joan Such Lockhart on being nominated for the Extraordinary Healer Award! CURE Magazine publishes a book featuring essays about oncology nurses who have proved themselves extraordinary in performing their duties. Dr. Lockhart was nominated with an essay written by Sr. Rosemary Donley. Her essay will be published in the Extraordinary Healers Vol. 12 Essay Collection.

"She has never wavered from her compassion and deep commitment to improve care to persons with cancer and enhance the capabilities of the nurses who care for them."


Gaultier Fellow

Photo of Dr. Jessica DevidoCongratulations to Dr. Jessica Devido who has been named a 2018-2019 Gaultier Fellow by the Center of Community Engaged Teaching and Research. Dr. Devido is to be commended for her work with women and children in the Hill District.


Photo of Dr. Denise LucasDr. Denise Lucas has been selected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the highest honor for Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Lucas was selected for her major contributions in providing health care to the underserved and improving health outcomes.

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