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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Duquesne's RN-BSN program?

  • Duquesne has a strong reputation for providing excellent on-line learning
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Courses 8 weeks in length. Students have the option to take up to 4 classes a semester
  • Individualized learning and learner support
  • Competitive tuition rates
  • Option to enroll in master's level courses while enrolled as an RN-BSN student

Is the RN-BSN program accredited?
Yes, we have CCNE accreditation and have licensure from the PA State Board of Nursing.

Do I get any credit for my previous nursing education?
Generally, 30 transfer nursing credits and 30 general education credits will be awarded to you if you graduated from an accredited Associate degree or diploma program. Students with a BS or BA in another field are required to complete just 30 credits to earn a BSN.

What kind of financial aid do you offer?

  • Federal aid program - Federal Pell, Federal SEOG, Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • State-funded aid program - restrictions apply. Pennsylvania state grant maximum = 8 semesters or 4 academic years
  • Employer tuition reimbursement - Deferred billing for students with Employer reimbursement (Karen Hartupee, Student Accounts)
  • Scholarships - Many outside scholarship opportunities for both men and women available via the internet. Deadlines apply.

Please refer to the Financial aid website for additional information.

Are there courses that require clinical hours?
Yes - 90 hours of community clinical experience is required as part of the Population Based Health and Community Health Nursing course (UPNS 223). Unlike all other RN-BSN courses, this is a 16 week course, allowing working RNs enough time to complete the clinical hours. Students work with their faculty mentor the semester prior to taking this course, to identify an appropriate clinical site and a preceptor.

Will the program prepare me for advanced graduate-level education?
The RN-BSN program is designed to provide you the critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and analytical skills needed to advance your career. The holistic focus of the program challenge our students to take an active role in meeting the increasing complexities of healthcare affecting local, national, and global communities. There is an option for students to take graduate level courses while enrolled in the RN-BSN program. Your academic advisor can help you decide if master's level course work is right for you.