Your success is our highest priority.

At Duquesne University, our support starts before you do. We pride ourselves on providing the best experience possible, because that’s what you deserve. Our faculty and staff believe that the more support we provide to you, the better care you can provide to individuals, families and communities throughout your nursing career.

Our School of Nursing has a rich history that spans over 80 years — from awarding Pennsylvania’s first BSN degree to offering the nation’s first online PhD program. We’re proud of our ability to create innovative curriculums that position students to evolve in a variety of healthcare settings. But more than that, we’re honored to have the opportunity to ensure your success through each phase of your nursing program.

Our commitment to online learning.

We launched ourselves into online learning more than 20 years ago. Since then, we’ve grown to be a trusted leader in the field of nursing. Our faculty of experts provide quality education and perform research that’s used to shape healthcare standards on a global scale. Their drive to continue evolving with advancements in technology has made it possible for our nursing degree programs to do the same.

Our commitment started as a way to reach students in rural areas and with limited resources to further their nursing education. From the beginning, we recognized the emergence of a one-of-a-kind community fueled by interactions between students and faculty members. This community continues to live and breathe through online learning and has made it possible for hundreds of students to receive a quality education at their convenience.

What to expect with your online degree.

Having a busy schedule can impact your decision to continue your nursing education. Don’t let it. When you study with Duquesne University online, you can log in at any time from anywhere — our coursework is asynchronous. That means you’ll have the flexibility to set your own schedule and complete coursework at your own pace. Some classes may contain a synchronous component, requiring you to participate in a scheduled online chat session or phone conference, but most of your interactions with fellow classmates will be through discussion boards.

As an online nursing student at Duquesne University, you won’t have to worry about compromising quality for convenience. That’s because with us, you can have both. Your faculty, curriculum and overall classroom structure will mirror our on-campus programs. And while you aren’t required to be on campus to complete your coursework, our MSN and DNP programs do require you to fulfill your residency credits at our downtown Pittsburgh campus. This is a great opportunity for you to network with peers and form connections that you may not have otherwise.

Earning your degree online certainly has its benefits, including flexibility, convenience and cost. But it’s important to remember that you’ll need to stay focused and be personally responsible for your time management.

students and teacher in nursing facility

“Online learning is demanding and rigorous, but it’s well worth it.”

Dr. Rick Zoucha, Chair of Advanced Role and PhD Programs

We want to support you — however we can.

Choosing a nursing program can be challenging, but knowing where to start once you do can even be more so. Not when you study with Duquesne University. We know what it takes to enroll and earn your degree, so let us take the lead. Here are few people who want to do just that.

Enrollment Advisor

Your first interaction with us will be from your enrollment advisor. They will provide consistent, one-on-one support through each phase of the enrollment process. They may ask about your goals, career aspirations, and what you’re most passionate about to help with program selection.

Academic Advisor

When it comes to policies and procedures, your academic advisor is your subject matter expert. They will monitor your academic progress and take steps to ensure that you stay on track, which means that you’ll go to them to withdraw or take a leave of absence.

Student Support Specialist

Once you’re a student, you’ll be assigned a student support specialist — your new go-to resource for program-specific questions. They will guide you through orientation, provide registration deadline reminders, assist with ordering textbooks and customize a program plan just for you.

Faculty Mentor

Professional development is at the cornerstone of our teaching. That’s why you’ll be assigned a faculty mentor once you become a student. They know how to tailor their support to you and the future you want to have in nursing.

Resources tailored to your needs.

  • Online Program Orientation: This introduction is designed to help familiarize you with Blackboard, our online learning platform. You’ll understand the different features available as you complete your courses online.
  • The Writing Center: This Center provides consultants to assist you in becoming a better writer. They can give you feedback on a writing project and offer one-on-one assistance at all stages of the writing process.
  • Gumberg Library: Even though you’re an online student, you’ll still be able to access resources through the Gumberg Library system. Resources like academic articles and databases will help guide your research.

We have answers to your questions.

Is Duquesne University accredited?
Yes, our university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Our online nursing programs (RN-BSN, MSN programs, Post-Master’s Certificates and DNP) are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Is all my coursework done online?
Yes, all courses for our RN-BSN, MSN, Post-Master’s Certificates and DNP programs are 100% online. There may be campus visits required depending on the course, but all coursework can be completed through Blackboard.

Is financial aid available for online coursework?
Yes, see our admissions page for more information about financial aid and tuition rates.

Do I ever have to travel to Duquesne?
If you’re enrolled in our online graduate nursing programs then you’re required to come to Pittsburgh for an on-campus residency. The number of visits required will depend on which graduate program you are enrolled in.

How long are the online courses?
Most of the courses for our online nursing programs are eight weeks, which allows you to take two classes a semester, but focus on one at a time. Courses that involve a clinical component are 16 weeks so you have more time to complete clinical hours while continuing to work.

Does Duquesne accept students from all 50 states?
Due to higher education regulation changes, Duquesne University School of Nursing cannot accept your application into our online nursing programs if you live in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, New York or Washington.

Am I required to go to a specific testing center when I take tests for my classes?
You are not required to visit at a testing center to complete your exams for our online programs. You’ll use Examity online proctoring to do this.

How many students will be in my classes?
Our faculty aims to provide one-on-one attention which is why our graduate programs average 10-15 students and our RN-BSN averages 6-8 students.

Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Do I get any credit for my previous nursing education?
You will be awarded 60 out of the required 120 credits if you have graduated from an accredited associate’s or diploma in nursing program and successfully passed the licensure exam to become a registered nurse (NCLEX). If you have a BS or BA in another field and are a licensed RN, then you only need to complete the required RN-BSN curriculum (30 credit hours) to earn your BSN.

Are there courses that require clinical hours?
Yes, 90 hours of community clinical experience are required as part of the Population-Based Health and Community Health Nursing course (UPNS 223). Unlike all other RN-BSN courses, this is a 16-week course, allowing working RNs enough time to complete the clinical hours (approximately six hours every week during the 16-week course). You’ll work with your faculty mentor the semester prior to taking this course to identify an appropriate clinical site and a preceptor.

Will the program prepare me for advanced graduate-level education?
The RN-BSN program is designed to provide you with the critical thinking, clinical reasoning and analytical skills needed to advance your career. The holistic focus of the program challenges you to take an active role in meeting the increasing complexities of healthcare affecting local, national and global communities. If you’re in good academic standing, you’ll have the ability to take three master’s-level courses in place of three bachelor’s-level courses to get a head start on your MSN.

How long is the online RN-BSN program?
The RN-BSN program can be completed in two years if you’re entering with an ADN or diploma in nursing. If you have a bachelor’s degree in a different field, the online RN-BSN coursework can be completed in one year.

 

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Online Master of Science in Nursing & Post-Master’s Certificates

Do I need to come to Pittsburgh for my clinical practicum experience?
No, clinical sites will be arranged near your location.

Am I required to find my own clinical practicum sites?
Yes, it is your responsibility to secure your clinical sites. However, Duquesne University has a dedicated clinical coordinator who can assist you with this process.

If I am currently enrolled at another university, can I still register for online classes at Duquesne?
Yes, a maximum of nine credits may be transferred from another accredited university and awarded toward your MSN coursework. Transfer credits are awarded on a case-by-case basis, so please reach out to an enrollment advisor for more information.

 

Students and teachers in class

Online Doctor of Nursing Practice

Does Duquesne consider applicants whose master’s degree is not in nursing?
Yes, but a master’s in nursing is preferred. If you hold a non-nursing master’s degree, you’ll be evaluated prior to admission. This process may require a portfolio review, supporting materials and completion of some master’s level nursing course(s).

Can I transfer credits into the DNP program?
Yes, a maximum of nine doctoral-level credits from an accredited university may be transferred.

Can I be a part-time DNP student?
No, upon admission you’re admitted into a specific DNP cohort. The coursework in the DNP program is sequential and must be taken as outlined in the program plan. If you take 6 credits per semester, you are considered a full-time graduate student which helps in securing graduate education funds.