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About the School

Compassion is at the heart of the School of Nursing's mission, and it's been a critical part of our nursing curriculum for more than 80 years. It still exists today in the objectives, strategies and tactics detailed within our 2018-2023 five-year strategic plan.

Duquesne University is located in Pittsburgh, PA, which is one of America's most livable cities. Pittsburgh is also home to some of the top hospitals in the region and country, making it an advantageous place for nursing students to gain clinical experience.

Duquesne nurses are successful, innovative leaders who bring excellence in care, research and ethics to an ever-changing profession. 

State-of-the-Art Learning, State-of-the-Heart Caring

Our top-ranked programs combine rigorous academic work with hands-on training and a strong emphasis on ethical values. Our faculty are leading the charge for social justice and equity in health care, and our students take the skills they're learning into underserved communities to provide care and other resources.

A Holistic Approach

As one of 14 nursing schools in the United States endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC), we put holistic care at the center of our curriculum. Our students learn to consider the physical, mental, cultural, emotional and spiritual aspects of a patient's needs and treatment.

Holistic nursing encompasses the integration of self-care, including the use of integrative therapies and the understanding of the interconnectedness of the self and nature, with medical expertise. Holistic nursing is a type of nursing practice in which the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of a patient are considered throughout their treatment. This practice embodies Duquesne's values with an emphasis on culture, ethics and spirituality.

Holistic nurses provide practices such as aromatherapy, meditation, energy work and therapeutic touch, including the practice of self-care, so they can provide the best treatment plans for their patients. The Duquesne University School of Nursing aspires to reinforce holistic ideals within health care settings and the classroom in order to prepare nurses to provide culturally, medically and ethically competent care.