Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Duquesne University is a private university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was established in 1878 as the Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost. The first school year, just 40 students enrolled. The university now has an annual enrollment that exceeds 10,000 students. The main campus has grown over the years and now encompasses more than 49 acres in the Uptown neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The campus includes 31 buildings, and several of the buildings feature Victorian Gothic architecture. Duquesne University offers many different undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its nine schools and colleges, including the Duquesne School of Nursing.

The School of Nursing was established in 1935. Students may enroll in traditional BSN, RN to BSN, accelerated BSN, MSN, DNP, and Ph.D. nursing programs. These options are accredited by the CCNE. The nursing school was also the first in the nation to offer a Ph.D. program online. The RN to BSN program is also offered online. The traditional BSN program is designed to be completed in four years. The accelerated program is for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a separate field and includes two pathways. These options include a 12-month program and a 16-month program. The BSN programs include clinical practice at local healthcare clinics and hospitals. 


Campus LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio13:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate86%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. MSN
  3. DNP, PhD
  4. Accelerated BSN
  5. RN to BSN

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Nursing Science Bachelor's degree 251
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 29
Nursing Education Master's degree 1
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Master's degree 8
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 3
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Post-master's certificate 3
Nursing Science Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 6
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 2

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Duquesne University

Carlow University
1.54 miles away
Chatham University
3.6 miles away
La Roche College
9.19 miles away
Robert Morris University
12.86 miles away
Washington & Jefferson College
22.49 miles away
Franciscan University of Steubenville
33.39 miles away
Waynesburg University
38.54 miles away
Wheeling Jesuit University
44.64 miles away
University of Mount Union
66.74 miles away
Saint Francis University
71.29 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
07/01/1935 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/20/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/20/2002 - Current



Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading525 to 610
SAT: Math530 to 620
ACT Composite24 to 29
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Considered but not required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Cost (Net Price)


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$19,546
30k to 48k$21,066
48k to 75k$25,692
75k to 110k$30,803
Over 110k$32,642
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Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing
Duquesne University
Administration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

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