Duke University

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Name: Degree Type:
Doctor of Nursing Practice doctorate
Master's of Science in Nursing masters
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

Launching its first on-line distance-based graduate program in 1995, students earning their nursing degrees through Duke receive the same world-class education and access to globally-recognized faculty as all other students. Ranked 7th nationally by U.S. News & World Report, the School also ranks 5th for Pediatric Nursing, 10th for Adult Nurse Practitioner, 10th for Gerontological Nursing and 11th for Nurse Anesthesia by the magazine.

School type Private
Online grad programs CCNE accredited Yes
Online grad programs NLNAC accredited No
Terms Trimester

Program Offerings

Online master's in nursing degree programs 2
Concentrations offered
Nursing practitioner
Nursing administration/leadership
Nursing education
More specialized departments/concentrations offered
Adult/geriatric – acute Oncology
Adult/geriatric – primary Pediatric – acute
Family/primary care Pediatric – primary

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 87


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 44 full-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 98% full-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 23
Average experience teaching online courses 6 years
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 20 full-time

Class Size

Average class size 14
Maximum class size 25

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Depends
Can earn degree entirely abroad Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations Yes
Group projects/simulations Yes
Exams Yes
Classes include campus-based students No
Collaboration among online and campus students No instructor preference
Students enroll as online students Online and on-campus students are in separate courses
Credits earned online equal earned on-campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus Majority
Same curricula for online and campus students All


One-year retention rates N/A


Graduation rates N/A
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 2.5 years
Program target time to graduate 3 years
Required time to earn degree 5 years

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