Duke University School of Nursing | 100% NCLEX Pass Rates

Duke University was founded in 1924. A few short years later, the School of Nursing came into existence in 1931. Duke University assists nursing students as they learn to be the next generation's transformational leaders. Courses are offered both on-campus and on-line, making Duke an attractive choice.

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  • Accreditation ccne Accredited coa Accredited
  • Programs PhD, MSN-to-DNP, BSN-to-DNP, Master's, Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, PhD to DNP, NP, CRNA, Other
  • Location Durham, NC
  • Telephone 1 (919) 684-378
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Duke University Accolades

Duke SON is listed in the Top 5 Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice by US News & World Report for 2019.

Duke University was listed in the Top 5 Best Nursing Schools: Master’s for 2019 by US News & World Report for 2019.

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.


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:

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Veterans Health Care Concentration 

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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

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)

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
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Carolina
Rhode Island
South Carolina
U.S. Territories
Washington, D.C.

"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.


The Duke University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Duke University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for MSN/FNP, MSN/AGPCNP, MSN/AGACNP, MSN/PACNP, MSN/PPCNP, MSN/NNP, MSN/Women's Health NP, MSN/Health Informatics, MSN/Nursing and Health Care Leadership, and MSN/NE management programs.
Duke University School of Nursing is also fully accredited for its Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing (ABSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and PhD in Nursing programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Latest Reviews (Max 10)

  1. Anonymous
    May 29, '17, 11:51 pm by
    Overall: 4.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 3 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: MSN
    Classes: Online

    My Experience

    I have absolutely loved my experience at Duke. The on-campus intensives and assistance with clinical placement were some of the biggest factors contributing to my decision to attend this school as a distance-based student. I feel much more prepared for the clinical setting because of the intensives, and I love having the opportunity to meet with my classmates and professors face to face a few times each year. Even as a distance student, I still feel very much a part of the Duke community. I truly feel that they are working for the success of their students.

    About The Staff

    All of my professors have been so supportive and helpful, and are all very well connected. The administration and faculty are definitely leaders of nursing in the U.S. and I feel so lucky to learn from them. My communications with ancillary services have also been top-notch...never been given the run-around. I did have a difficult time with some of the staff in the clinical placement office that delayed my ability to start clinical, but I finally got a new staff member working on my clinical placement and she has been fabulous and got me in to a site within a week!

  2. Anonymous
    Apr 14, '17, 8:24 pm by
    Overall: 4.8 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 4 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: RN-to-MSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017
    Focus: Informatics

    My Experience

    Best experience ever. Professors are the best in their fields, everyone is helpful and truly wants us all to successd

    About The Staff

    Everyone from financial aide to some of the top nurses in the country are approachable and work very hard to make everyone succeed.

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