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Nursing Degrees for Military Personnel and Veterans

Duquesne University and the School of Nursing is proud to have veterans, active-duty personnel, members of the National Guard and Reserves, as well as their dependents, among our student population.

The School of Nursing has a sustained and strong track record of providing military friendly, quality nursing education, with superior outcomes. We are committed to providing veteran students and their dependents the support to enable them to pursue their education and successfully join or advance in the profession of nursing.

Our goal is to help our veterans, military members, and their dependents to achieve a first class undergraduate or graduate nursing education.

Pathways to a BSN Degree

1. Do you already have a BS or BA Degree and are interested in becoming a Nurse?
12-month Second Degree BSN
16-month Second Degree BSN

2. Have some college credits?
BSN Transfer Admissions

3. No college experience and looking for a Nursing degree?
Traditional four-year BSN Program 

4. Already a Nurse with an Associate Degree in Nursing or an Associate of Science in Nursing and interested in obtaining your BSN?
Online RN-BSN

Military Friendly School

Military Friendly gold logoDuquesne University School of Nursing has been named a Military Friendly® Top 10 Gold Medal School for 2018-19. For more than a decade, Military Friendly® ratings have set the standard for companies and colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families. Read more...

Article on VBSN Library Project

Working with the Duquesne University School of Nursing and Office of Military and Veteran Students, Duquesne's Gumberg Library used grant funds to purchase a collection of resources that address the social, economic, physical, and psychological issues veterans face in the transition to civilian and student life.

Collaboration between an Academic Library and Campus Partners to Connect with Military and Veteran Students

Research Study Opportunity for Female Veterans:

Female Veteran Research Opportunity flier for promoting mental health first aidToward Mental Health Equity, Empowering Female Veterans: Promoting Mental Health First Aid

Female Veteran volunteers are invited to participate in this Highmark Foundation sponsored study. To qualify for participation, you must be willing to participate in an 8-hour training on mental health First Aid and building caring communities including a pre- and posttest. As well as participate in a 30-minute to 1-hour focus group discussion and posttest 3-6 months after the educational offering focusing on your experiences.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary - 616 North Highland Ave
East Liberty Neighborhood - Pittsburgh, PA 15206

For more information, contact Shirley Smith at 412.657.2407 or

Duquesne School of Nursing Receives $1,246,090 HRSA Grant for the Veteran to BSN (VBSN) Program to Educate Veterans and Military Members

The purpose of this grant is to provide unique and individualized support for veterans and military personnel to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

About the VBSN Grant


The Duquesne University School of Nursing Veteran BSN program is committed to the facilitation of quality nursing education to military and veteran personnel.


The Duquesne University School of Nursing Veteran BSN program will increase employment opportunities for veterans, and contribute to a diverse professional nursing workforce that improves health care services to communities worldwide.

Core Values
  • Excellence
  • Attentiveness
  • Knowledge
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Service
  • Leadership
Student Benefits from the Grant

Personalized student support exclusively for veterans:

  • Nursing Recruiter
  • Academic Coach/Mentor
  • Duquesne's Psychology Clinic military services
  • Duquesne School of Law Tribone Center and Veterans Clinic

College credits may be awarded for your experience after an individualized evaluation of:

  • Transcripts 
  • JST
  • Medical training 
  • Health care experience

Individualized financial aid counseling for veterans (such as the GI Bill® , Yellow Ribbon Program, etc.). Student scholarships are not included in the Veteran to BSN Grant.

["GI Bill®" is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at]

This project is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UF1HP269840100 and title Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Program: Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for grant amount $1,246,090 with no financing by nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.