Among Duquesne University's ranking and honors, the School of Nursing is consistently recognized for its academic excellence, including:

  • Designated the #1 Military Friendly graduate school for 2023-24.
  • A high NCLEX-RN exam first-time pass rate - 95.58% (2021-22)
  • Re-designation as a Center of Excellence in Enhancing Student Learning and Professional Development by the National League for Nursing (designation has been held since 2008)
  • Four online graduate programs ranked among the top 10 nationally in the 2023 U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings.

2023 National Rankings

U.S. News & World Report School of Nursing Rankings for 2023

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#2 MSN Nursing Education Program

Best Online Master's in Nursing Education Program 2023

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#4 MSN FNP Program

Best Master's in Family Nurse Practitioner Program 2023

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#9 MSN Nursing Administration and Leadership Program

Best Online Master's in Nursing Administration and Leadership Program 2023


#9 Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans

Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans 2023

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#37 Online Graduate Program

Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs 2023

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#41 MSN Program

Best Master's of Science in Nursing 2023

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#51 BSN Program

Best Undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs 2022

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#62 DNP Program

Best Doctor of Nursing Practice 2023

Other Rankings

College Factual | Best Colleges 2022
#6 Undergraduate Nursing program out of 50 in the state of Pennsylvania

Fortune | Education, Top Graduate Schools 2022
#5 Online MSN Program in the United States

Nursing Schools Almanac 2022
#22 Nursing School in the United States
#10 Private Nursing School
#8 Overall in the Mid-Atlantic Region
#4 Overall in Pennsylvania
#2 Overall in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area
#25 Top 50 Best Online BSN Programs
#14 Best Online MSN Programs
#9 of the 100 Most Social Media Friendly Nursing Schools
#2 of the Top 50 Online Nurse Practitioner Programs (rated as Best Hybrid Program)
#16 of the Top 50 Nursing Programs (rated as Best Catholic University)
#18 of the Top 63 Online MSN Programs (rated as Best Catholic Institution)
#1 Military Friendly School
#9 Top Online PhD in Nursing Program

Accreditations and Approvals

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Duquesne University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Allegheny School of Anesthesia's Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program, a partnership established with Duquesne University, is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA):

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906
Rosemont, IL  60018-5603
Telephone number: (847) 655-1160

Duquesne University, School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

Our programs are fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, available for contact at:

P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Telephone Number: (717) 783-7142

Duquesne University
Duquesne University is accredited by:

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone Number: (267) 284-5000

The State Board of Education of the Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126
Telephone Number: (717) 783-6788