BSN Program Admissions - International Students

General Admission Requirements

In addition to the School of Nursing admissions requirements listed above, you must meet all international admissions requirements as determined by International Admissions.

Duquesne University requires submission of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo Test scores for all non-native English-speaking applicants.

Students who submit official TOEFL scores of 575p (90 iBT) or higher, IELTS scores of 7 or higher, or 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.

School of Nursing Admissions Criteria

In order for your application to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, you must:

white numeral 1 on blue background Have completed the following required courses:
  • Algebra I (1 year)
  • General Science (1 year)
  • Biology (1 year)
  • Chemistry (1 year)
    English (4 years)
  • Social Studies (3-4 years)

You may also want to consider completing the following recommended courses:

  • Algebra II
  • Plane Geometry I
  • Trigonometry
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Advanced Science
  • Oral Communication
  • Fine Arts

Calculus could also be helpful.

white numeral 2 on blue background Have graduated from an institution of higher learning recognized as an acceptable equivalent to a U.S. high school.
white numeral 3 on blue background Have a demonstrated record of acceptable academic success.
white numeral 4 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.

A personal/phone interview with a representative of the School of Nursing is also highly recommended prior to admission. Contact Brian Bost, Nursing Recruiter, at 412.396.6539 or

Application Process

white numeral 1 on blue background Complete the online Duquesne University Undergraduate Application.
white numeral 2 on blue background Provide an official transcript of high school grades.
white numeral 3 on blue background Provide a statement addressing your decision to pursue a BSN degree and future career goals. Use a separate sheet and limit to one typed page, double-spaced.
white numeral 4 on blue background Provide one recommendation letter from a school principal or teacher.
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Upload application documents to your applicant portal.

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Submit a check or money order for the $50 application fee (non-refundable) made payable to Duquesne University.

Applicants 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.

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 Recuiter Brian Bost.

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Request More Information

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

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Ask a Question

Contact Nursing Recruiter Brian Bost at 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.