Quote from NurseKitty NC
As far as prerequisites go, Duke accepts courses taken at community colleges as long as the courses meet certain requirements. Just make sure you get approval from Duke before taking your prerequisites elsewhere -- it would be terrible to complete your coursework and then find out that Duke will not award you credit.
One thing you might want to focus on is your application essay. The topic you select and the time/effort you put into writing a great essay is what will set you apart from all the other students, regardless of standardized test scores, GPAs, academic transcripts, etc.
It is quite challenging to get into their accelerated program, but keep in mind they do have other options, including a traditional 24-month program. Also, there are other reputable nursing programs
in the general vicinity of Duke, such as UNC-Chapel Hill and Watts School of Nursing, which you may want to consider as a backup plan.
For the OP - I am starting at Duke in the fall. The ABSN is the ONLY BSN available at Duke University; they do not have a 24 month program and it's my understanding they have no intentions of having one in the future. Your essay topic is not completely chosen by you - if you download this year's application from their website, you can see what we had to write about. However - it's never too late to start formulating a UNIQUE answer.
Watts is a diploma - not a degree - program (and a heck of a school, according to all I hear), which may or may not suit your needs/wants. (You do get an Associates, but it's an associates of health sciences from Mount Olive College and NOT an ADN.) The hospital that Watts is at, Durham Regional, is part of the Duke Health System, oddly enough. Coincidentally, it's only five minutes from my house, just to give you an idea of where I live. I'm about fifteen minutes from Duke; I anticipate taking longer to find a parking space at the school than I will take to actually GET to school!
The great thing about Duke is that 15 hours of the ABSN is MSN level coursework - which means that the first basic 15 hours of your NP degree is complete before you graduate from your BSN. (You can see what courses these are on the Duke site.) These classes are taken with the grad level students and are taught by the same instructors.
UNC is indeed down the road, but I find this interesting: I, as well as two others, were rejected by their accelerated program in December but accepted by Duke in February. No, I can't figure this out either (and neither can anyone else) given our particular qualifications. Maybe we didn't have our eyes crossed correctly when we mailed the application?
Never mind; Duke was my first choice anyway - after I got over the fear of rejection, that is, because Heaven knows I didn't think I had a chance in Hades.
I do agree that you should call Duke and make sure they accept the courses you've taken. I'm thinking it won't be a problem, but Shaunda at the admissions office will be more than happy to help you out.
Duke interviewed 75 people for 56 slots from 178 applications received this year.
I've put a real detailed answer up for you under the pre-nursing forum; I saw your post there before I saw it here. Let me know if I can do anything or dig up any information for you since I'm literally right here in Durham.