School of Nursing Duquesne University

School of Nursing Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA
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About Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne University is a coeducational, Catholic university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the northeastern region of the United States. It offers more than 10,000 students top-quality, innovative academic programs that prepare them for leadership roles in their professions and communities.

U.S. News & World Report:

A top-tier university among the 1800 American institutions considered for 2014.

Among the nation's top 100 popular schools. For the third time, Duquesne is described as having a "top reputation and students are highly motivated to go there."

Duquesne appears as #45 on the 2014 Great Schools at Great Prices list.

The 2012 Princeton Review's The Best 378 Colleges recommends Duquesne as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education.

Duquesne University has been named among the nation's best Catholic Colleges by

Duquesne University is sixteenth in the nation among small research universities, according to a Chronicle of Higher Education index that measured faculty productivity among more than 7,300 doctoral programs.

Duquesne University School of Nursing

The Duquesne University School of Nursing has been ranked #6 in the 2014 Best Online Nursing Programs graduate school category by U.S. News & World Report.

The School of Nursing at Duquesne University helps students acquire the nursing expertise and credentials needed to work with families, groups, individuals, and communities. The school provides a culturally-diverse learning environment that consists of dedicated faculty, rigorous coursework, and access to academic resources including modern laboratories, study abroad opportunities, nursing organizations, and research centers.

Online Graduate Programs in Nursing

All of the graduate programs in nursing at Duquesne University are offered online. Rigorous in nature, online programs begin and end according to the university's calendar and are structured like those that are held in traditional classrooms.

Classes include readings, assignments, in-depth discussions, regular deadlines, student collaborations, and feedback from faculty. Most of the online graduate nursing programs are offered on both a full-time and part-time basis, and some of them require on-campus residencies.

Master of Science in Nursing

The online M.S.N. program was created for nurses whose career goals and interests include (1) facilitating effective change in the health care delivery system, (2) ensuring quality patient care, and (3) enhancing the nursing profession. The program includes 3 specializations: family individual across the lifespan) nurse practitioner, forensic nursing, and nurse educator.

Post-master's Certificates

Individuals who hold M.S.N. degrees may acquire advanced skills in specialized areas by earning post-master's certificates from Duquesne University. Certificate programs, which are only offered online, include family (individual across the lifespan) nurse practitioner and forensic nursing.

Doctor of Philosophy Program in Nursing

The Ph.D. in Nursing program focuses on helping students strengthen their research skills to enhance the body of knowledge about nursing practice. Major research areas include vulnerable populations, cultural competence, forensics, social justice, and health promotion.

Students can earn their Ph.D. degrees online, but they must attend a 1-week residency at Duquesne University during each of the years over which they are completing their coursework (a period of 2 to 4 years).

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Nurses who pursue the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree gain the skills needed to "transform the health care delivery system." They develop a strong evidence-based foundation and learn how to effectively assess healthcare policy, create organizational effectiveness, and develop new models for patient care services. Students have the option to focus in one of four areas: Advanced Clinical Practice, Clinical Academic/Professional Development Leadership, Health Care Leadership, or Forensics.

The 46-credit D.P.N. program is designed to be completed in 2 years. Students can take all classes online, and they attend a 1-week, on-campus residency each year.

Accomplished Nursing Faculty at Duquesne University

Duquesne University's nursing faculty members collaborate with students to create a community of learning that facilitates academic and professional excellence. Faculty members also publish research articles in academic journals, write books, present their research at conferences, and serve on review boards of scholarly journals.

Assistant Professor Luann Richardson, Ph.D. -- whose research interests include cardiovascular/heart failure and spirituality and healthcare -- is just one of the accomplished faculty members in the School of Nursing. She has published several journal articles, presented her work at numerous conferences, and participated in a wide-variety of professional and community service initiatives.

Nursing Research at Duquesne University

The School of Nursing's research institutes assist students and faculty with their research endeavors and serve the community through several innovative centers. The Center for Nursing Research provides support services that help faculty and students conduct research that advances nursing science. The Community-based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults provides holistic, culturally competent care to vulnerable populations, as well asresearch opportunities for students.

Graduate Student Support at Duquesne University

Online support services include new student orientation, graduate academic advisors, and nursing faculty mentorships. Students also receive research assistance, technical support, and writing support.

They can take advantage of the extensive healthcare resources and assistance that Duquesne's library offers. In addition, they may participate in distance education conferences and networking opportunities.

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Duquesne University (DU) offers nursing students several financial resources including the Advanced Education Nurse Traineeship program that grants paid training assignments for a maximum of 36 months. Students may also receive federal loans, work study jobs, and scholarships. In addition, they may be able to acquire teaching or research assistantships for nursing faculty that can be fulfilled online.

The university also offers a 30 Percent Tuition Discount Program to students who are registered nurses and employees at the university's partner organizations.

Location & Contact

School of Nursing

Duquesne University

5th Floor, Fisher Hall 600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
United States

Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow


Phone: 412-396-6554
Fax: 412-396-5974

Ms. Susan Hardner

Nurse Recruiter

Phone: 412-396-4945
Fax: 412-396-6346

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Post-Master's Certificate
      Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 23
    • Doctoral Degrees 39
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 4
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


36% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 343
    • Accepted 125
    • Acceptance Rate 36
    • Enrolled 89
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $
    • Application Fee - International $
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreescurrent RN license; BSN with minimum GPA of 3.0; minimum 1 year of full-time work experience as RN prior to registration in clinical or specialty course
    • Doctoral's Degreescurrent RN license; BSN; a Master's Degree, phone interview; minimum GPA of 3.5; MSN and current certifications (for DNP)
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced Degreescurrent RN license, BSN, MSN
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJuly 1
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students247
    • Female Percentage90%
    • Male Percentage10%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students247
    • Part-time Percentage33%
    • Full-time Percentage67%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American9%
    • White / Caucasian78%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian2%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown5%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty33
    • Full-time Percentage70%
    • Part-time Percentage30%
    • Female Percentage94%
    • Male Percentage6%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchVulnerable populations, social justice, cultural competence, health disparities, wellness within chronic illness, forensics
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$37,192