International Admissions Requirements
You must meet all international admissions requirements as determined by International Admissions, in addition to the School of Nursing admissions requirements. Duquesne University requires submission of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Duolingo Test scores, or Pearson Test of English (PTE) for all non-native English-speaking applicants.
Students who submit official TOEFL scores of 90 iBT or higher, IELTS scores of 7 or
higher, Duolingo scores of 115 or higher, current to within one year, are excused
from English Language Placement Tests except for the written and spoken English tests.
Applicants must also meet the followig minimum sub scores in speaking and writing:
School of Nursing Admissions Criteria
1. BS or BA degree from an institution of higher learning recognized as an acceptable equivalent to a U.S. college or university.
2. A demonstrated record of acceptable academic success.
3. Completion of prerequisites prior to fall start of program
You may apply to the Second Degree BSN program prior to completing prerequisite coursework, but it must be completed prior to start of program. For success in this accelerated program, you must have a solid understanding of the content in the prerequisite courses.
The prerequisite coursework may completed at any accredited college or university. Online coursework is acceptable and, in fact, Portage Learning offers all prerequisite courses required for the Second Degree program. Learn more about Portage and its course offerings.
Completed within the last 5 years:
- Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (4 credits)
- Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (4 credits)
Completed within the last 10 years:
- Biology or Chemistry with lab (4 credits)
- Human Growth and Development (across the lifespan)* (3 credits)
- Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
- Nutrition (3 credits)
- Statistics (3 credits)
*Or similar course covering the following material: Theories of human development from conception through death with emphasis placed on an individual's psychological, cognitive, psychosocial, and spiritual development within the context of the family, community, and culture. (a syllabus is required for courses that have another course title).
4. A score of 575 or higher (90 iBT) on TOEFL, a score of 7 or higher on IELTS, or a score of 115 or higher on Duolingo, or a PTE score of 68 or higher.
The score should be sent directly to International Admissions.
5. A credential evaluation from the World Education Services (WES) for coursework is required. The results must be sent directly to the School of Nursing.
6. Applicants (and students) must meet the Technical Standards for Admission and the health requirements found in the Traditional BSN and Second Degree BSN Student Handbook.