Educate Tomorrow's Nurses

The Duquesne University School of Nursing is widely recognized as a pioneer in nursing education. Students receive exceptional, hands-on learning in our state-of-the-art Learning and Simulation Center, in addition to our 21-week clinical immersion program. Additionally, all undergraduate and graduate nursing students have an opportunity to experience another culture through our study abroad programs.

We also value the teacher-scholar model. Our faculty are active in scholarship and research, simultaneously supervising student research.

About Being an Undergraduate Adjunct Clinical Instructor

Teaching Assignments

16-week clinical assignments are typical for fall and spring semesters. Instructors work a minimum of eight hours per day (depending on the clinical course) and a maximum of three days per week.

We encourage committed nursing professionals across the care continuum including:

  • Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
  • Adult Health & Illness I
  • Adult Health & Illness II
  • Critically Ill
  • Health Assessment
  • Maternal-Newborn Health (OB)
  • Children's Health (Pediatrics)
  • Behavioral Health
  • Population Health

Along with many community health assessment sites, clinical sites include UPMC and Allegheny Health Network facilities, and other hospitals across Southwestern Pennsylvania.


Dr. Susan Kelly, EdD, CHSE, RN, CMSRN, CNE

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Adjunct Faculty and Clinical Affairs

Clinical Teaching Faculty Benefits

Clinical faculty have access to a variety of resources and benefits, including:

  • Highly competitive compensation
  • 55% Tuition Discount to clinical faculty enrolled in any of our graduate programs*
  • New faculty orientation
  • University issued iPad Mini
  • Access to all library resources including UptoDate
  • Free attendance and CEUs to the annual McGinley-Rice Symposium
  • Free use of Duquesne University Power Center fitness center
  • Reimbursement for off-campus clinical parking

*Please note: tuition discounts are not applicable to study abroad courses, or the Doctor of Anesthesia Practice program.


Applicants must be BSN prepared and actively enrolled in a MSN program with a five-year degree completion plan.

About the Nursing School - At a Glance

  • 776 Undergraduate Students (85% Traditional BSN and 15% Second Degree BSN students)
  • 463 Graduate Students with 100+ Clinical Rotations Every Semester
  • 52 Full-Time Faculty, 12 of whom have been inducted as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, a credential that less than 1% of nurses nationwide can claim and an unparalleled number for a nursing school our size.
  • 100+ Adjunct Clinical Faculty
7,000 sq. ft. Learning and Simulation Center - technology to help increase realism, improve the quality of evaluation and enhance clinical learning
#51 Best BSN Program
#46 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
#2 Best Online Master's in Nurse Education
#6 Best Online Master's in Nursing Administration
#5 Best Graduate Schools - Family Nurse Practitioner Program
#17 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans
  • 98.58% NCLEX First-Time Pass Rate
  • Top 10 Military Friendly® School
  • Military Spouse Friendly® Designation
  • NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education: Outstanding Achievements in Student Learning and Professional Development 2008-2024