Nurses are needed now more than ever, so become the nurse you want to be with Duquesne University's holistic approach to health care and leadership.

At Duquesne University's nationally-ranked School of Nursing, our rigorous academic programs help compassionate, motivated people like you become the best nurses they can be. Here you'll be inspired to develop the personal and ethical values that make you a care provider—and a health care leader.

If you want to become a nurse —or if you already are a nurse and you aspire to higher levels of professionalism—we have undergraduate, graduate and online programs to fit your needs.

Individual Attention and Support

Our focus is you. As a nursing student, you'll receive the kind of personalized attention found at smaller schools, but in a high-tech learning environment typical of larger institutions.

We have a caring faculty committed to teaching, which helps ensure that you can achieve your very best. In addition to being expert practitioners, role models and mentors, our faculty are outstanding scholars and researchers who are committed to academic and professional excellence for all students.

2023 National Rankings

U.S. News & World Report released their Online Program Rankings for 2023. We are pleased to announce that Duquesne University's School of Nursing Online Programs received the following rankings on Tuesday, January 24, 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 Online Master's in Family Nurse Practitioner Program 2023

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#9 MSN Nursing Administration and Leadership

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

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#9 Graduate Programs for Veterans

Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans 2023

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#37 Online Graduate Programs

Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs 2023

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Opportunities to incorporate a global experience into your nursing education exist at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Gain the skills, knowledge and clinical experience needed to deliver the best patient care possible while learning how to recognize and appreciate cultural differences in health care values, beliefs and customs.

Clinical Immersion Experience

The 21-week clinical immersion, in partnership with UPMC, is designed for junior or senior nursing students to work under the supervision of a professional registered nurse within Pittsburgh-area UPMC facilities. This innovative initiative is designed to create a robust clinical experience to enhance student learning and prepare them for future employment. Students will grow professionally by gaining additional clinical patient care experience, maturity, confidence and competency.

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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  is 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

I learned more about Duquesne University at an NLN Educator conference. The following February, I was introduced to the Dean when she was a keynote speaker at a conference. Between that introduction and listening to her presentation, I knew that Duquesne was the school I needed to attend. I have been humbled and honored to be educated by the remarkable faculty in the PhD program.

Tracy ChesneyPhD(c), MSN-Ed, RN, CNE, CHSE, CHSOS

Celebrating 2021-2022 First Time Pass Rates

We are VERY proud of our faculty and students for our 2021-2022 pass rates: NCLEX-RN pass rate – 95.58%; FNP student pass rate – 99%; PMC student pass rate – 100%. Congratulations to all. #YouAreDUNursing

Nursing is always evolving. So are we. 

 

Second Degree BSN White Coat Ceremony

New funding opportunities for Second Degree BSN

$10,000 Tuition Award and other funding opportunities for incoming Second Degree BSN students. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for the non-nurse who has a baccalaureate degree. We offer a 12-month or a 16-month option with unique funding opportunities.

New Funding Opportunities
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Carol Carfang Nursing and Healthcare Ethics Conference

Join us in Clear Water Beach, Florida, March 1-3. Carol Carfang assembles a diverse group of ethicists, philosophers, nurses and other healthcare professionals to address contemporary ethical issues in healthcare, and discuss solutions to the most challenging problems for ethical practice and policy.

Carol Carfang 2023
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Become a Preceptor for Graduate Students

Would you consider pursing bigger goals by becoming a preceptor? You are needed.

Nursing Preceptorship
Grace Campbell, PhD, MSW, BSN, RN, CNL, CRRN, FARN

Grace Campbell, PhD, MSW, BSN, RN, CNL, CRRN, FARN

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

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,

Manjulata Evatt, DNP, RN, CMSRN

Manjulata Evatt, DNP, RN, CMSRN

Clinical Associate Professor

Carolina Frantz, MSN, RN

Carolina Frantz, MSN, RN

Director of Diversity and Inclusion, School of Nursing BSN-AID program

Linda Garand PhD, GCNS-BC

Linda Garand PhD, GCNS-BC

Associate Professor

Mary Ellen Smith  Glasgow, PhD, RN, ANEF, FNAP, FAAN

Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow, PhD, RN, ANEF, FNAP, FAAN

Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, and Vice Provost for Research, Office of Research and Innovation

Rosanna Henry, MSN, RN, CHSE

Rosanna Henry, MSN, RN, CHSE

Assistant Dean for Clinical Skills and Simulation Education and Instructor

Ruth Irwin, PhD, RN

Ruth Irwin, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Karen Jakub, PhD, RN

Karen Jakub, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

Catherine Johnson, PhD, FNP, PNP

Catherine Johnson, PhD, FNP, PNP

Clinical Associate Professor

Angela Karakachian, PhD, RN

Angela Karakachian, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

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

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

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

Ralph Klotzbaugh, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Ralph Klotzbaugh, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Amber Kolesar, MSN, RN, CNE, CCRN-K

Amber Kolesar, MSN, RN, CNE, CCRN-K

Instructor and Director, Second Degree BSN Program

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

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

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and 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, C.S.J., DNP, MSN, BA, MS, RN, AGNP-C

Sr. Mary Meyers, C.S.J., DNP, MSN, BA, MS, RN, AGNP-C

Director of Academic Support and NCLEX RN Success

Cara Morrill-Stoklosa, DNP, RN

Cara Morrill-Stoklosa, DNP, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

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, School of Nursing

Mai-Ly Nguyen Steers, PhD

Mai-Ly Nguyen Steers, PhD

Assistant Professor

Sr. Rosemary Donley PhD, APRN, FAAN

Sr. Rosemary Donley PhD, APRN, FAAN

Professor, The Jacques Laval Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations

Cynthia Tomcanin Rost, DNP, RN

Cynthia Tomcanin Rost, DNP, RN

Assistant Professor

Khlood F. Salman, DrPH, RN, FAAN

Khlood F. Salman, DrPH, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor

L. Kathleen Sekula, PhD, PMHCNS, FAAN

L. Kathleen Sekula, PhD, PMHCNS, FAAN

Professor, Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Academic Leadership, School of Nursing

Cherith Simmer, MS, RN

Cherith Simmer, MS, RN

Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean

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

Mayra Toney, DNP, RN

Mayra Toney, DNP, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ian Tully, PhD

Ian Tully, PhD

Assistant Professor

Melanie Turk, PhD, RN

Melanie Turk, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

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

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

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

Susan Williams, MSN, RN, CHSE

Susan Williams, MSN, RN, CHSE

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; Joseph A. Lauritis, C.S.Sp. Chair for Teaching and Technology; 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 Practioner Program

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