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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions for High School Students:

What courses should I be taking now?

Questions About Being a Student Nurse:

What are the different types of nursing that I can specialize in?

What are the different types of degrees I can obtain at Duquesne University School of Nursing?

What student organizations can I belong to that are specific to nursing?

What is the NCLEX-RN exam?

Suggestions from senior students…

  • During the summer after your sophomore year and junior year, try to get a job in a hospital. Apply for internships and nursing aid positions. This will expose you to the work environment and provide you with invaluable clinical experience (not to mention networking for your future job).
  • Try to benefit from every possible learning experience. It's better to take the time and learn it when you are a student than on your first day at work!
  • Join all the professional organizations that time permits. Being active will provide you with valuable job connections in the future.

Questions for Second Degree Applicants:

When is the application deadline?

How long is the program and when does it begin?

Is the program full time or can I go part time?

Am I able to work while enrolled in the program?

Where can I complete the prerequisite coursework?

Do the prerequisites need to be completed before I apply to the program?

Are an essay and letters of recommendation required for the application?


What courses should I be taking now?
Students often ask which courses would be beneficial to take during high school that will adequately prepare them for furthering their education at Duquesne University. The following graph has been devised to help guide students in their high school course selections. The courses have been ranked as required, strongly recommended, or helpful. Courses marked "required" and "recommended" would be most beneficial to the serious student.

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)
Foreign Language (2 years)

Anatomy & Physiology
Algebra II
Plane Geometry I
Trigonometry
Computer Science
Physics
Advanced Science
Oral Skills
Fine Arts

Calculus


What are the different types of nursing that I can specialize in?
Nursing has become a highly specialized field. Nurses can specialize and work in a variety of fields. Here are just a few examples:

Geriatrics
Pediatrics
Neonatal
Critical Care
Trauma
Obstetrics
Cardiac
Neurology
Operating Room
Oncology
Emergency Room
Mental Health
Gastroenterology
Recovery Room
Pulmonary
Medical Surgical
Home Health Care
Forensics
School Nurse
Long-term Care
Occupational Health
Military Nurse
Otpatient Services
Hospice

What are the different types of degrees I can obtain at Duquesne University School of Nursing?
Nurses can hold several different degrees. Bachelors and masters degrees are the most common to have. Many nurses go on to become nurse practitioners or obtain certification in specialized areas of nursing. Duquesne University School of Nursing offers specialization at the masters degree level in:
Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner
Forensic Nursing
Nursing Education and Faculty Role

Post-master's certificates are available in:
Family (Individual Acros the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner
Forensic Nursing
Nursing Education and Faculty role

A PhD degree and a DNP degree in nursing is also offered at Duquesne.

What student organizations can I belong to that are specific to nursing? Duquesne University has a number of nursing organization that you can join. It is extremely important and highly beneficial to join your student organizations.

Alpha Tau Delta (ATD)
Alpha Tau Delta is a national professional fraternity for nursing students. The Theta Chapter was chartered at the Duquesne University campus in 1938. Eligibility is limited to full-time students who have completed a minimum of one semester in the School of Nursing with a cumulative quality point average of 2.5.

Chi Eta Phi
Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1932 at Freedman's Hospital in Washington, D.C. Duquesne University's School of Nursing chapter was founded in the spring of 1996. Nationally comprised of more than 5,000 members, (males and females who are predominantly Black) Chi Eta Phi represents many cultures and diverse ethnic backgrounds. Chi Eta Phi is also involved with national programs that include disease prevention and health promotion, educational scholarships, leadership development, recruitment and retention of nurses, and programs for the elderly as well as girls and boys.

Duquesne University Student Nurses Association (DUSNA)
DUSNA is a professional organization interested in contributing to nursing education by volunteerism, thereby contributing to the community and university. Our organization strives to keep abreast of the current healthcare issues and concerns, legislation and other prudent issues at a preprofessional stage by speaking out and attending various conventions and bi-annual legislative programs. Most importantly, each and every nursing student of DUSNA grows as a whole person by their individual dedication and collaboration in striving to make a difference. When you join DUSNA you also become a member of the national organization, the National Student Nurses' Association.

Sigma Theta Tau International
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is dedicated to promoting excellence in nursing education, practice and research. Duquesne University’s Chapter, Epsilon Phi, was inducted into this honor society in March of 1982. The stated purpose of the Duquesne Chapter is to recognize superior achievement in nursing and to develop qualities of leadership among nursing professionals and students, to foster high professional standards of nursing practice, and to strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of professional nursing.

What is the NCLEX-RN?
The NCLEX-RN is the National Certification Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. All nursing students are required by law to take the NCLEX-RN in order to become registered nurses. The NCLEX-RN is taken after you graduate from an accredited nursing program.

What is the preparation for the NCLEX-RN?
NCLEX preparation starts in the freshman year. All students use a software program to promote success in their courses as well as on the NCLEX. Faculty in all courses have made a commitment to active learning strategies which enhance critical thinking skills and NCLEX success. In addition, tests are constructed similarly to the NCLEX and NCLEX questions are used during the class time as a teaching strategy.

Students take two nursing courses in their senior year that focus on the NCLEX exam.


When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is June1st.

How long is the program and when does it begin?
The program is a twelve-month program that begins in August and concludes the following August.

Is the program full time or can I go part time?
The program is full time only with the majority of class and clinical experiences during the day.

Am I able to work while enrolled in the program?
It is strongly recommended that you do not work while in the program due to the time and effort necessary to excel in the program.

Where can I complete the prerequisite coursework?
The coursework may be completed at any accredited college or university.

Do the prerequisites need to be completed before I apply to the program?
No. You may apply to the program before completing the prerequisites. If accepted, your admission will be contingent upon successful completion of the coursework before the program begins.

Are an essay and letters of recommendation required for the application?
No. The primary consideration for admission is the first undergraduate GPA and the GPA for the prerequisite coursework.

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