Doctor of Nursing Practice
Duquesne University

Program Details

The online DNP degree program enables graduates to transform the health care delivery system and design new systems to improve the context in which health care is offered. Students learn to function from a strong evidence based foundation, effectively assessing health care policy, organizational effectiveness, and economic trends in health care to design new models for patient care services.


  • A Master's degree in Nursing* in an advanced nursing practice specialty from a nationally accredited CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) or ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) program is preferred.
  • Applicants who hold a non-nursing master's degree will be evaluated for admission on an individual basis. This process may entail review of a portfolio or other evaluative mechanisms, and may require completion of some master's level nursing course(s).
  • Certification as an advanced practice nurse (if applicable).
  • Where a legal certification is necessary to practice in an advanced role, as with nurse practitioners, the student must hold that certification. In other specialties where legal certification is not required for practice, such as forensic nurses, clinical specialists, and nurse executives, certification is not required.
  • If applicable, a letter validating the number of clinical hours completed in your Master's program.
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher. 
  • Current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse Undergraduate or graduate course in Statistics (3 credits) with a grade of "B" or better. 
  • Successful phone interview with a DNP Admissions Committee member. 
  • Attendance is mandatory at the on-campus Doctoral Week in May.

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Geographic Restrictions

Duquesne University is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs and courses from students residing in: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, W