Online Nursing Concentrations

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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 (

You’re advancing your degree. Now enhance it.

As a student of our online MSN or DNP programs, you have the unique opportunity to take your degree a step further and focus on what you’re most passionate about by adding one of three concentrations: nursing education, forensic nursing, or transcultural nursing. Each concentration is designed to expand and complement your current nursing practice so you can personalize your approach to patient care.

Why should you consider a concentration?

When you choose a concentration, you’re making a conscious choice to position yourself as a thought leader in the evolving field of nursing — whether it’s expanding your understanding of patient treatment needs or forming deeper connections with the students you teach, you’re making a significant impact. And while a general degree can help you develop your career, your concentration can drive it.

Before choosing your concentration, take a close look at industry trends and ask yourself a few questions:

  • What are my strengths?
  • What is my ideal work environment?
  • What are my future career goals?

Use what you’ve discovered about your field and yourself to make a decision. Then you can compete for highly sought after jobs in education, leadership and global healthcare.

Nursing Education & Faculty Role Concentration

You won’t just teach aspiring nurses, you’ll inspire them to lead their generation and generations of nurses who follow them. We’ll teach you how to design a curriculum that’s innovative and engaging because it will incorporate trends from today’s evolving healthcare landscape.

Along with that, you’ll conduct research that can help shape clinical standards in the nursing profession and be eligible for the Certified Nurse Educator designation sponsored by the National League for Nursing.

Nursing Education & Faculty Role Concentration Coursework

GNED 507 Foundations in Education Theory for Professional Practice Disciplines 3 Credits
GNED 522 Innovative Curriculum Design and Evaluation 3 Credits
GNED 532 Emerging Trends and Innovations in the Teaching of Nursing 3 Credits

Forensic Nursing Concentration

It’s one thing to collect evidence, it’s another to know how to communicate what the evidence means. With this concentration, you’ll learn how to do exactly that with the potential to become a trusted expert when evaluating crimes like sexual abuse, physical assault, and accidental or intentional death.

From detail-oriented analysis to court depositions that lead to prosecutions, this concentration will prepare you to assert your role in the criminal justice system and be eligible to sit for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certification exam.

Forensic Nursing Concentration Coursework

GNFO 518 Criminal Law and the Courts 3 Credits
GNFO 519 Advanced Forensic Nursing I: Theory and Practice 3 Credits
GNFO 520 Advanced Forensic Nursing II: Program Development, Leadership & Policy 3 Credits

Transcultural Nursing Concentration

A patient’s cultural preferences should consistently be reflected in all patient care standards — but that is not always the case. That’s what makes this concentration so important. You can bridge the gap between culture and healthcare.

Transcultural care focuses on more than the physical care of patients. It emphasizes and embraces the emotional and spiritual connections that impact their healthcare decisions. You’ll learn how to view patient preferences through a new lens that significantly impacts patient care outcomes. This advanced perspective can help you make a difference to vulnerable populations where you live and work, as well as around the world.

If you’re an MSN student, this coursework will give you a head start on earning your DNP.
If you’re a future MSN student, you can transfer two courses (GPNG 917 & 928) and apply them toward earning your DNP.

Transcultural Nursing Concentration Coursework

GPNG 908 Advanced Population Health 3 Credits
GPNG 917 Transcultural Care and Global Health Perspectives 3 Credits
GPNG 928 Social Justice and Vulnerable Populations 3 Credits

*Curriculum is subject to change