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Duke University Accolades
Duke University has been ranked number 4 in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report for its 2017 Best Nursing Schools rankings.
In 2016, Duke University School of Nursing was recognized as a Best Nursing School for Men in Nursing by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing.
In the 2017 editions of U.S. News & World Report, Duke earned Best Graduate Schools and Best Online Programs rankings including:
- 4th best graduate nursing school
- 5th best online program for nursing
- 3rd best DNP program
- 2nd best nursing school for Nurse Practitioner: Family education
- 3rd best nursing school for Nursing Informatics education
- 3rd best nursing school for Nurse Anesthesia education
- 5th best nursing school for Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric, Primary Care education
- 6th best nursing school for Nurse Practitioner: Adult-Gerontology, Acute Care education
"Can I take courses online?"
Duke University School of Nursing has used distance education for more than two decades and has mastered the creative approaches to teaching and learning. Many courses are almost exclusively on-line, but there are some on-campus requirements each semester.
Duke Undergraduate, Graduate and Post-graduate Level Courses
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)
The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a second degree nursing program for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and the required prerequisites upon enrollment.
The 16-month program is on campus and is full time. Students will be eligible to sit for NCLEX and be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in their individual states upon graduation from this program.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The Master of Science in Nursing degree is a combination of hybrid courses which includes distance-based and online learning.
There are seven pathways for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) majors as well as three non-clinical majors. The seven pathways include:
- Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) – Acute Care
- Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) – Primary Care
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) – Acute Care
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) – Primary Care
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
- Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
The APRN student who wishes to add a sub-specialty area may choose from the following:
- Veterans Health Care Concentration
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Pathway
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) – BSN to DNP
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – MSN to DNP
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – PhD to DNP
Nurse Anesthesia Specialization
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) includes nurses who desire a specialization in anesthetic administration to patients across the life span involving different clinical settings. The Duke University DNP Nurse Anesthesia program is a 36-month, 83-credit, full-time, on-campus program.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program
Duke University School Of Nursing also offers a PhD in nursing which focuses on nursing science and research involving chronic illness and care systems. The goal is to translate research for evidence-based practice.
To become part of the PhD program, the nurse must have the foundational knowledge of a BSN education coupled with that of an MSN education, both of which are vital in the development of the nurse scientist.
Some nurse scientists may choose an alternative PhD-to-DNP pathway.
Admission requirements to the PhD-to-DNP include a Master of Science in Nursing with an Advanced Practice component defined as direct or indirect care specialization.
Duke University, by the authority of the Higher Education Commission and Board of Nursing, can provide clinical MSN programs in the following states:
States With Clinical MSN Programs
"Will it be possible to take prerequisite courses at a community college and/or online?"
Yes, as long as the prerequisite and/or online courses are completed from an accredited institution(s).
"Is Nursing experience required before I apply to the Nurse Anesthesia program?"
Nurses desiring to enter the Nurse Anesthesia program must have at least one year of RN experience in acute care.
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