Admissions

Your journey is just beginning. We’ll be there from start to finish.

You’ve made the choice to invest in your future. And by choosing Duquesne University School of Nursing, you’re inviting us to invest in it, too. We’re on this journey together.

Whether you’re just getting started in your nursing career or have many years of experience, your success is our highest priority. We’re known for providing personalized student support, so you’ll receive regular, one-on-one contact from our faculty throughout the program.

Financial Aid and Tuition

Deciding to continue growing your expertise in the field of nursing was hard enough, so planning how you’re going to pay for it shouldn’t be. That’s why we offer a number of financial aid options to help you through every step of the process — from enrollment through graduation.

Choose the option that works for you.

  • Stafford loans (subsidized and unsubsidized)
  • Program-specific loans
  • Privately funded loans
  • Loan forgiveness programs
  • Nursing organization scholarships
  • Student employment opportunities
  • Government grant programs

Cost of Attending Duquesne University Online

We know how important it is to understand the numbers. And since we want to you to be confident in your decision to study with us, below is a summary of expected tuition rates for 2020-2021 — fees and program-specific costs are not included.*

Online MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Cost per credit hour: $1,509
Total credits: 42
Total tuition: $63,378
Learn more about our Online FNP program

Online MSN – Forensic Nursing

Cost per credit hour: $1,509
Total credits: 36
Total tuition: $54,324
Learn more about our Online Forensic Nursing program

Online MSN – Nursing Education

Cost per credit hour: $1,509
Total credits: 36
Total tuition: $54,324
Learn more about our Online Nursing Education program

Online MSN – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Cost per credit hour: $1,509
Total credits: 42
Total tuition: $63,378
Learn more about our Online AGACNP program

Online MSN – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Cost per credit hour: $1,509
Total credits: 44
Total tuition: $66,396
Learn more about our Online PMHNP program

Online MSN – Exec. Nurse Leadership & Health Care Management

Cost per credit hour: $1,509
Total credits: 30
Total tuition: $45,270
Learn more about our Exec. Nurse Leadership MSN program

Online FNP Certificate

Cost per credit hour: $1,509
Total credits: 33
Total tuition: $49,797
Learn more about our Online FNP certificate

Online Forensic Nursing Certificate

Cost per credit hour: $1,509
Total credits: 15
Total tuition: $22,635
Learn more about our Online Forensic Nursing certificate

Online Nursing Education Certificate

Cost per credit hour: $1,509
Total credits: 15
Total tuition: $22,635
Learn more about our Online Nursing Education certificate

Online Clinical Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice

Cost per credit hour: $1,509
Total credits: 35
Total tuition: $52,815
Learn more about our Online Clinical Leadership DNP program

Online Post-Bachelor’s Executive Nurse Leadership & Health Care Management DNP

Cost per credit hour: $1,509
Total credits: 62
Total tuition: $93,558
Learn more about our Online Post-Bachelor’s Exec. Nurse Leadership DNP program

Online Post-Master’s Executive Nurse Leadership & Health Care Management DNP

Cost per credit hour: $1,509
Total credits: 35
Total tuition: $52,815
Learn more about our Online Post-Master’s Exec. Nurse Leadership DNP program

* A nonrefundable $250 deposit is required if accepted into our graduate programs.
**Final cost depends on previous education and degree earned.

Tuition Discounts

Duquesne University offers a 30% tuition discount for our graduate programs to RNs currently working either full-time or part-time at one of our tuition discount partners. This tuition discount isn’t exclusive to traditional students — it’s also available to all active-duty and reserve personnel.

If you’re an adjunct clinical instructor enrolled in one of our graduate nursing programs, then you’re eligible for Duquesne’s 55% tuition discount.

Military Admissions

We’re honored that veterans, active-duty servicemembers, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and military dependents trust us to guide them through their next career mission.

We understand the unique needs of students associated with our military, and we aim to provide a military-friendly, quality nursing education to those who serve our country. Because of this, Duquesne is consistently recognized as a Military Friendly School and is ranked #17 on the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans 2020 list by U.S. News & World Report.

We are a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and accept students who wish to use benefits from the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill. Active-duty military servicemembers may also opt to use Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) programs to fund their nursing education. For more information, visit our Office for Military and Veteran Students website.

Duquesne University offers a number of support services for military members and veterans.

  • Student Veterans of America (SVA)
  • Military Services Clinic
  • Counseling and Wellbeing Center
  • Gumberg Library

Transfer Students

Duquesne University strives to provide quality education for all of our students, which is why the university accepts more than 300 transfer students a year. To find out if you’re eligible to transfer previously earned college credits into one of our programs, contact an enrollment advisor.

Interested in one of our graduate nursing programs?

  • We accept a total of 9 pre-existing credits from an accredited university
  • You’ll need to submit the syllabus for each course for transfer review
  • Courses to have been completed within the past five years
  • You need to have earned a grade of B or higher in all previous coursework

Note: Transfer credits cannot be accepted for our Forensic Nursing and Nursing Education Post-Master’s Certificate programs.

International Admissions

A key benefit of our online nursing programs is that you’re able to complete your coursework from wherever you are in the world — it’s not limited to students in the United States. In fact, each year Duquesne University welcomes students from more than 80 countries. That means that not only will your coursework be convenient, it will also be culturally enriched.

You can apply to Duquesne University School of Nursing by submitting an online application and your post-secondary education transcripts, all bachelor and master’s degrees must be from an institution of higher learning and recognized as an acceptable equivalent to a U.S. college or university.

Online students who will be practicing only in their native country should hold licensure or professional recognition of a nurse in that country. Online students who will be practicing nursing in the U.S. must have a current nursing license to practice in a state or territory of the U.S. where they will be practicing as students. In both of these situations, the applicant must provide verification of licensure.

Coursework Evaluation

  • Before you are admitted, your nursing coursework must be evaluated by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) to determine if your existing coursework is equivalent to the coursework requirements for our program.
  • Non-nursing coursework must be evaluated by any international credential evaluation organization that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores must be sent directly to the Center for Global Engagement (intladmissions@duq.edu).

  • Online MSN and Post-Master’s Certificates applicants must have a score of 575 (90 iBT).
  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) applicants must have a score of 600 (100 iBT).

State Authorizations

Due to higher education regulation changes, Duquesne University is unable to accept applications for admission to our online programs and courses from students residing in: Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, New York, Tennessee, or Washington.

* Arizona Exception: Duquesne University is able to accept applications for all online nursing programs with the exception of the Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs (MSN & Post-Master’s Certificates).

 

Technical Standards and Health Requirements

All graduate students must meet the Technical Standards for Admission and the health requirements found in the Graduate Student Handbook.

  • All registered Duquesne nursing students are required to complete specific health and clinical requirements in order to remain enrolled and to be permitted entrance into clinical facilities for student practica. No student will be permitted to enter a clinical practice site without completion of these requirements. All students must adhere to the Clinical Policies.  Failure to meet clinical, health, clearance, drug screen, and site-related requirements by the pre-established clinical deadline will prohibit students from clinical learning activities and may result in a program plan change.
  • When a student discloses an illness, physical limitation, is hospitalized, or placed under any medical restrictions, the School of Nursing will follow the policies.
  • Any student having an illness or physical disability that affects his/her ability to function satisfactorily in the clinical areas must contact the Disability Services Office.
  • Due to possible exposure to infectious diseases in the clinical areas, it is important for the student to notify the Associate Dean of Student Affairs of any chronic illnesses or if health status has changed recently that may require further considerations.
  • Students taking prescribed medications should be aware of the effects of these medications on alertness, judgment, and the ability to meet all technical standards. Students cannot attend clinical if there is impairment of ability to safely provide care to assigned patients.
  • The Duquesne University School of Nursing has a vested interest in the health and welfare of its students.  Furthermore, the School has a duty and obligation to protect the public health and safety. Therefore, all students must adhere to the Substance Use Policy.

 

  • Students must adhere to the following Medical Marijuana Policy in order to be eligible for student practica:
  1. ­Students are not permitted to use marijuana during a practicum as it is not permitted by our clinical partners while you care for patients due to patient safety considerations. A student with a positive drug test for marijuana will not be permitted to attend the practicum portion of our program.
  2. It is up to your provider if you elect not to use marijuana as medical treatment.  We are not recommending any medical treatment.  You will need medical clearance by your provider that you meet our Technical Standards without marijuana use.  Send a letter providing medical clearance from your provider to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

 

Important Dates

Spring 2021

Application Deadline: November 30, 2020

Deposit Deadline: December 10, 2020

Classes Begin: January 7, 2021

Summer 2021

Application Deadline: March 29, 2021

Deposit Deadline: April 12, 2021

Classes Begin: May 10, 2021

Fall 2021

Application Deadline: July 12, 2021

Deposit Deadline: July 26, 2021

Classes Begin: August 23, 2021