Online Nursing Degrees & Certificates

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Study 100% online

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3 start dates per year

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No GRE required

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Some transfer credits accepted

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Choose from 16 online nursing degrees and certificates

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Tuition discounts available

Enroll as a nurse. Graduate as a leader.

The nursing workforce in hospitals is expected to grow by 36% in the coming years. The federal government also predicts that nursing will become the top occupation in terms of job growth through 2021. This means there’s never been a better time to further your career as a nurse — or to study nursing at Duquesne University.

We offer you a unique educational experience at every level, one that takes advantage of new technologies to enrich clinical and online learning. We’ve led the way in nursing education for more than 80 years; now let us lead you into the next phase of your career.

Why Choose Duquesne for Your Online Nursing Degree?

Duquesne University, with its long tradition of academic excellence and community service, is a widely recognized pioneer in online graduate nursing education. Our students and faculty are passionate about advancing the practice of nursing and serious about making a difference in the world. And now you can join them.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Duquesne University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Learn From Nursing Leaders and Researchers.

Study online with us, and the first thing you’ll notice is the high caliber of instruction. That’s because the faculty who lead our online nursing programs are among the best in their fields. They exemplify the highest ideals of the teacher-scholar, and they place as much emphasis on your achievements as on their own. They’ll also know you by name.

Benefit From Rigorous, Specialized Instruction.

The way nurses are prepared at Duquesne University stands apart from traditional approaches to nursing education. Our innovative instructional methods are based on the Synergy Model, developed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Adopting this model helps us equip you with a wide range of clinical competencies, ensuring that you’ll graduate with a full complement of essential knowledge and skills.

Prepare to Set New Standards in Service and Care.

You care about helping others. It’s a defining part of your life. And we’re here to support that. That’s why our online nursing programs are structured to help turn compassionate, motivated people like you into the best nurses you can be. Remaining true to our school’s values and mission, we offer a rich online learning environment where evidence-based nursing, critical thinking and intellectual curiosity go hand-in-hand with ethical practice, community service and a commitment to social justice.

Choose the Convenience of Online Learning.

You’re making a choice to further your nursing career. And we’re making it as convenient for you as possible. The Duquesne University School of Nursing is an early adopter and innovator in online graduate nursing education. We were the first in the nation to offer a completely online PhD in Nursing, and we continue to offer working nurses like you the chance to advance your career. Our online programs are designed so you can complete coursework anywhere on your own schedule.

Experience a New Level of Student Support.

Earning your nursing degree online with Duquesne means that you’ll benefit from individual attention and unmatched support. Once you’re accepted into one of our online nursing programs, you’ll be assigned a faculty mentor who will assist you in the completion of a program plan.

You’ll also have access to:

  • New student orientation programs
  • Specialized academic advising
  • Research support from the Center for Research for Underserved and Vulnerable Populations
  • Technical support for Blackboard from Computing and Technology Services
  • Online writing support from the Writing Center
  • Extensive health care resources and assistance via the online Gumberg Library

“Duquesne has been the MOST rewarding educational experience that I have ever had. While the program is rigorous, it is well rounded. It introduced concepts relevant to nursing practice that I had never considered. My entire worldview is new and different, and my practice will be forever elevated because of my experience.”

— Marquette Leach, ’20 DNP

Which Nursing Degree is Right For You?

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Online Master of Science in Nursing

You’re ready for the next step in your nursing career, and our online MSN programs are designed to help you advance your knowledge and skills as a nurse. Choose one of our six specializations to further your focus in Family Nurse Practitioner, Forensic Nursing, Nursing Education & Faculty Role, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, or Executive Nurse Leadership & Health Care Management.

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Online Doctor of Nursing Practice

You’ve devoted your career to serving others as an advanced-practice nurse. Now it’s time to elevate patient care and improve outcomes through evidence-based practice. You can shape the future of nursing practice by choosing our Clinical Leadership or Executive Nurse Leadership and Health Care Management DNP tracks.


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Online Post Master’s Certificates

Build upon your existing knowledge as a master’s-prepared nurse with an online post-master’s certificate that can open doors for new career opportunities as a family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, forensic nurse, nurse educator or executive nurse leader.


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Post-Master’s Online PhD in Nursing

Duquesne’s PhD in Nursing is research-focused and designed to prepare you for a lifetime of intellectual inquiry and creative scholarship. The program’s curriculum reflects not only the national trends in nursing, but also the faculty research agenda – including vulnerable and underserved populations.


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Post-Master’s Online PhD in Nursing Ethics

You, along with nurses across the nation, overcome ethical challenges on a daily basis – balancing patient needs versus wants. It’s why patients and their families trust you to make medical decisions for them. This program analyzes the relationship between health care and ethics to equip you with the answers.


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