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Taking a holistic approach to student learning and patient care has been one of the hallmarks of  Duquesne School of Nursing since our founding in 1937.  Duquesne was among the first schools of nursing in the country to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which remains our most popular program. In 1997, Duquesne became a pioneer in offering a fully online Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) which has enabled us to offer several other online programs including the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), Post-Master’s Certificates (PMC) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

Today, we offer extraordinary clinical experiences at sites located in the heart of Pittsburgh, which is on the cutting edge of health care opportunities and research.  Our students enjoy outstanding first-time  licensure pass rates for the BSN (97.15%) and 100% for each three of our MSN Nurse Practitioner programs.

Our nursing graduates and faculty are making a difference as practitioners and researchers, educators and scholars, leaders and innovators.  Now, it’s your turn.

 

Programs

 
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Undergraduate Programs

BSN, BSN Second Degree, BME/BSN Dual Degree

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Graduate Programs

Master’s Programs, Post-Master’s Certificates, Doctoral Programs

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Rankings & Accreditations

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2024 National Rankings

U.S. News & World Report School of Nursing Rankings for 2024

#3MSN Nursing Education Program

Best Online Master's in Nursing Education Program 2024

#4MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Best Online Master's in Family Nurse Practitioner Program 2024

#6MSN Nursing Administration and Leadership

Best Online Master's in Nursing Administration and Leadership Program 2024

#9Graduate Programs for Veterans

Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans 2024

#36Online Graduate Programs

Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs 2024

#52BSN Program

Best Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2024

#62DNP Program

Best Doctor of Nursing Practice 2024

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Nursing Stories and News

Nursing 97.15% NCLEX Score Surpasses PA, National Average

More than 97% of Duquesne University nursing graduates have passed the 2023 National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become licensed registered nurses.

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Duquesne Nursing, Law, Health Sciences Excel in ‘U.S. News’ Graduate School Rankings

Various graduate and professional programs at Duquesne University continue to be showcased among the nation’s best according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Graduate Schools rankings.

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Cassidy Camp

Nursing student Cassidy Camp has learned to expect–and embrace–the unexpected. After all, she’s been immersed in the hospital setting amid COVID-19 restrictions, nursing shortages and unprecedented health care challenges. While she’s used to connecting with patients and providing exceptional care, she never expected to change someone’s perspective on the nursing profession just by being herself.

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Christopher Baker, DNP, FNP-BC, CRNP

Christopher Baker, DNP, FNP-BC, CRNP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Laura Crimm, DNP, FNP-BC

Laura Crimm, DNP, FNP-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director, Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner Program

Christine D'Antonio, MSN, RN

Christine D'Antonio, MSN, RN

Instructor and Clinical Immersion Director

Jessica Devido, PhD, CPNP

Jessica Devido, PhD, CPNP

Associate Professor

Deborah Dillon, DNP, RN, CRNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CHFN, FAANP, FAAN

Deborah Dillon, DNP, RN, CRNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CHFN, FAANP, FAAN

Clinical Associate Professor, Director, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

Sr. Rosemary Donley PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN

Sr. Rosemary Donley PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN

Professor, The Jacques Laval Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations

Manjulata Evatt, DNP, RN, CMSRN

Manjulata Evatt, DNP, RN, CMSRN

Clinical Associate Professor

Ruth Irwin, PhD, RN, CSN

Ruth Irwin, PhD, RN, CSN

Clinical Associate Professor

Melissa Kalarchian, PhD

Melissa Kalarchian, PhD

Professor and Associate Dean for Research

Angela Karakachian, Ph.D., R.N.

Angela Karakachian, Ph.D., R.N.

Assistant Professor

Kimberly A. Kasper, DHSc, ACNP-BC

Kimberly A. Kasper, DHSc, ACNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Susan Kelly, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, CMSRN

Susan Kelly, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, CMSRN

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Clinical Faculty & Affairs

Ralph Klotzbaugh, PhD, FNP-BC

Ralph Klotzbaugh, PhD, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Amber Kolesar, PhD, RN, CNE, CCRN

Amber Kolesar, PhD, RN, CNE, CCRN

Instructor and Director, Second Degree BSN Program

Rebecca Kronk, PhD, MSN, CRNP, FAAN CNE, ANEF

Rebecca Kronk, PhD, MSN, CRNP, FAAN CNE, ANEF

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor

Jodi Licata, DNP, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNL

Jodi Licata, DNP, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNL

Clinical Assistant Professor

Mary Kay Loughran, DNP, MHA, RN

Mary Kay Loughran, DNP, MHA, RN

Clinical Associate Professor

Denise Lucas, PhD, FNP-BC, CRNP, FAANP

Denise Lucas, PhD, FNP-BC, CRNP, FAANP

Clinical Associate Professor, and Chair, Advanced Practice Programs

Sr. Mary Meyers, DNP, MSN, AGNP-C, BSN, MS, BA

Sr. Mary Meyers, DNP, MSN, AGNP-C, BSN, MS, BA

Director of Academic Support and NCLEX RN Success

Michael Neft, PhD, DNP, MHA, RN, CRNA, FNAP, FAANA, FAAN

Michael Neft, PhD, DNP, MHA, RN, CRNA, FNAP, FAANA, FAAN

Clinical Professor/ Director of Nurse Anesthesia Studies and Scholarly Projects

Mai-Ly Nguyen Steers, PhD

Mai-Ly Nguyen Steers, PhD

Assistant Professor

Nicole Pacella, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Nicole Pacella, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Khlood F. Salman, DrPH, RN, FAAN

Khlood F. Salman, DrPH, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor

L. Kathleen Sekula, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAFS, FAAN

L. Kathleen Sekula, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAFS, FAAN

Professor, Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Academic Leadership

Elizabeth Skrovanek, PhD, RN

Elizabeth Skrovanek, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Torrie Snyder, PhD, RN

Torrie Snyder, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor/Undergraduate Programs Chair

Karina Strange, PhD, RN

Karina Strange, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Theresa Stujenske, PhD, RN

Theresa Stujenske, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Mayra Toney, DNP, RN

Mayra Toney, DNP, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ian Tully, PhD

Ian Tully, PhD

Assistant Professor

Melanie Turk, PhD, RN, FTNSS

Melanie Turk, PhD, RN, FTNSS

Associate Professor

Eric Vogelstein, PhD

Eric Vogelstein, PhD

Associate Professor, Director of Ethics for the School of Nursing

Yvonne L. Weideman, DNP, MBA, RN, AHN-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, SGAHN

Yvonne L. Weideman, DNP, MBA, RN, AHN-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, SGAHN

Clinical Associate Professor and Director, BME/BSN Program,

Donna White, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC

Donna White, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC

Director of Graduate Clinical Faculty & Clinical Affairs; Assistant Clinical Professor

Susan Williams, MSN, RN, CHSE

Susan Williams, MSN, RN, CHSE

Assistant Dean for Clinical Skills and Simulation Education, Instructor, Simulated Participant Coordinator

Rick Zoucha, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, CTN-A, FTNSS, FAAN

Rick Zoucha, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, CTN-A, FTNSS, FAAN

Professor, Chair of Advanced Role and PhD Program, Director of Nursing Education

Marci L. Zsamboky, DNP, APN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, CNE

Marci L. Zsamboky, DNP, APN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, CNE

Clinical Associate Professor/ Director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program

Duquesne - Pittsburgh Connection

Duquesne prepared me well, by offering some of the best clinical experiences in all of Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh has a lot of trauma and specialized hospitals, such as Allegheny General Hospital, UPMC Presbyterian and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. My clinical experiences provided a well-rounded education and prepared me for my role as a Mayo Clinic’s Medical ICU nurse after graduation.

Aidan ShieldsBSN 2022

What drew me to Duquesne are the number of hospitals in the area. There are major hospital systems like UPMC and Allegheny Health Network along with dozens of hospitals within a 30-minute drive. It’s great to be able to experience these health care networks and use these different types of nursing software.

Kristy McGaugheyBSN 2023

Pittsburgh has an international reputation for leadership in medicine and technology. As a member of both the Biomedical Engineering and Nursing communities at Duquesne, I have loved the endless opportunities that both programs have offered and I cannot wait to begin to narrow down the many career choices.

Celia GambacortaBME/BSN 2022

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