Bachelor of Science in Nursing Admissions

Admissions Criteria

The primary consideration for admission is the secondary school academic record. In order for your application to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, you must:

white numeral 1 on blue background Have completed Algebra, Biology and Chemistry — all of which are requirements for Nursing.
white numeral 2 on blue background Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
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Have scored at least 1080 on the College Entrance Examination Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or at least 22 on the American College Testing Program (ACT).

Fall 2021 and Fall 2022 freshman applicants: Due to challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including access to standardized tests, the Duquesne University School of Nursing will waive the SAT/ACT requirement. Learn more about test-optional admission.

white numeral 4 on blue background Submit one letter of recommendation, preferably from a science or math teacher.
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Submit a personal essay, which follows the main Admissions guidelines.

white numeral 6 on blue background 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.

International Applicants: Please see additional criteria.

Prospective Transfer Students: Please see relevant information for transferring to the School of Nursing.


Application Process

white numeral 1 on blue background Complete an online Application for Undergraduate Admission.
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Upload application requirements to your applicant portal.

You are responsible for ensuring that all required documents are submitted. No final decision can be made on any application until all required documentation is on file.

International Applicants: Please see additional steps to apply to the School of Nursing.

Prospective Transfer Students: Please see relevant information for transferring to the School of Nursing.


Important Dates

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Deadline to Apply: July 1 (University deadline)

Apply now.

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Deadline to Deposit: May 1 to secure your spot in the School of Nursing

Once accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to become a student.

Pay your deposit.


Learn More and Get Connected

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Attend a Virtual Info Session

In our virtual information sessions, you'll hear more about the BSN program and Duquesne University from Nursing Recruiter Brian Bost.

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Request More Information

Receive additional information about Duquesne University and the School of Nursing.

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Earn College Credit While in High School

A student can earn college credits while in high school through a variety of different ways.

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Ask a Question

Contact Nursing Recruiter Brian Bost at bostb@duq.edu or 412.396.6539.


Please Note

Individuals planning to practice in Pennsylvania who have been convicted of any crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any court or who have any criminal charges pending/unresolved may be prohibited from licensure or re-licensure as a registered nurse or may be mandated to complete additional requirements in order to be eligible for licensure, as determined by the PA State Board of Nursing. Any student with such a history must contact the PA State Board of Nursing Bureau of Health Professionals Monitoring (717.783.4857) for guidance prior to enrollment.

Students who plan on applying for licensure outside of the state of Pennsylvania should contact the State Board of Nursing in their respective state.