Duke School of Nursing

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Duke School of Nursing (DSN) has been enrolling nursing students since 1931, when students first got admitted for three-year diploma program. DSN is also first school to award baccalaureate degrees in 1938, started offering   the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree in 1953 and graduate program in 1958. The student strength of the DSN is approximately 13,000.

Duke School of Nursing can be termed as national leader in nursing education, being first in degree offering and with programs for BSN degree, the MS, the post-master’s certificate, the doctorate of nursing practice program, and the PhD program.

The school strives hard to prepare healthcare leaders for today and tomorrow through advanced innovative teaching strategies, collaboration of faculty-to-student, maintaining and providing improving access to care and quality cost-effective care.


  • Accelerated BSN
  • MSN
  • Post Master’s Certificate
  • Graduate Certificate
  • DNP
  • PhD
  • Non-Degree Nursing Courses
  • Continuing Education
  • Post Doctoral Program
  • Distance based and online learning
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Clinical Research Management
  • Informatics Specialty
  • Special Military Program

The Duke University School of Nursing also takes the credit of being first in offering online programs that can earn masters degrees or post master’s certificates. Nurses holding a master’s degree are eligible for these online programs. In addition, the nursing school’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is also designed for working and distant located individuals, who can attend the program online

Distance based Online Programs

  • Master’s/Post-Master’s Certificate
  • Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Cardiovascular – Post Master’s Certificate Only
  • Clinical Research Management
  • Gerontology
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Informatics Specialty
  • Nursing and Health Care Leadership
  • Nursing Education
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Advanced practice nurses.
  • BSN
  • MSN

The clinical hands-on experience for online students is provided within the Duke Health System or at a site in North Carolina. On occasions, clinical training is also offered in states surrounding North Carolina.

Accreditation & Approval

The North Carolina Board of Nursing has approved the Accelerated Bachelor’s of Science in nursing degree program. The Duke University School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. Additionally,

Scholarships and Loans

The students at Duke are eligible to apply for various Financial Aids for their education, which includes:

  1. Scholarships – funds that are not required to be paid back
  2. Loans – amounts that can be borrowed at low interest rates
  3. Special Programs – where on special cases loans given to nurses are forgiven.


Accelerated BSN Admissions
DUMC 3322, 307 Trent Drive
Durham, NC, 27710
Local: (919) 684-9161
Toll-free: 877-415-3853
E-mail: SONAdmissions@mc.duke.edu

MSN, Post-Master’s Certificate and DNP Admissions
DUMC 3322, 307 Trent Drive
Durham, NC, 27710
Local: (919) 684-9163
Toll-free: 877-415-3853
E-mail: SONAdmissions@mc.duke.edu

PhD Admissions
The application process for the PhD program is on-line at:
For assistance or information please e-mail:
Revonda Huppert at NursingPhD@notes.duke.edu

Financial Aid
DUMC 3322, 307 Trent Drive
Durham, NC, 27710
Toll-free: 877-344-4680
E-mail: SON_Finaid@mc.duke.edu