Graduate Nursing Program Overview

Duquesne University is a private institution where all of the graduate-level, online nursing classes are recorded and archived so that students can access lecture material at their convenience. One hundred percent of students are already employed when they first enroll. The admissions deadline for these programs is rolling.

About the Online Graduate Nursing Degree Program

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All graduate programs are on line; seasoned online faculty; Duquesne University, School of Nursing established in 1937; first online program established in 1997; study abroad opportunities; Center for Nursing Research; State of the art simulation and learning labs; Research areas include vulnerable populations, cultural competence, forensics, social justice, and health promotion. Faculty mentors and new student orientation. On campus residency; Virtual Community Simulation

2018 Graduate Nursing Program Quick Stats

  • 193 Enrollment
  • $1,312 Tuition Per Credit
  • Rolling Application Deadline

Rankings

Duquesne University is ranked No. 45 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Read more about how we rank schools.

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Faculty Credentials and Training rank: 99 

Faculty Credentials and Training rank:  99

Faculty Credentials and Training score: 77 ?

Faculty Credentials and Training score: ? 77

Student Services and Technology rank: 80 

Student Services and Technology rank:  80

Student Services and Technology score: 57 ?

Student Services and Technology score: ? 57

Student Engagement rank: 73 

Student Engagement rank:  73

Student Engagement score: 66 ?

Student Engagement score: ? 66

Admissions Selectivity rank: 32 

Admissions Selectivity rank:  32

Admissions Selectivity score: 83 ?

Admissions Selectivity score: ? 83

Peer assessment score (out of 5): 3.5 

Peer assessment score (out of 5):  3.5

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Graduate Nursing Program Data

  • Applying

    Application (Fall 2018)

    Application deadline (U.S. residents): Rolling 

    Application deadline (U.S. residents):  Rolling

    Application deadline (international students): Rolling 

    Application deadline (international students):  Rolling

    Notification of admissions:
    Data appear as submitted by school

    The application deadline is July 16th.

    Same admissions standards are used for all online programs: Yes 

    Same admissions standards are used for all online programs:  Yes

    Sometimes denies admittance to qualified applicants: Yes 

    Sometimes denies admittance to qualified applicants:  Yes

    Admits applicants living abroad: Yes 

    Admits applicants living abroad:  Yes

    Admissions & Enrollment

    Applicants: 98 

    Applicants:  98

    Accepted: 74 

    Accepted:  74

    Enrolled: 53 

    Enrolled:  53

    Acceptance rate: 76% 

    Acceptance rate:  76%

    Average undergraduate GPA: 3.6 

    Average undergraduate GPA:  3.6

    Entrants providing undergraduate GPA: 100% 

    Entrants providing undergraduate GPA:  100%

    Average GRE score breakdown: N/A 

    Average GRE score breakdown:  N/A

    Entrants providing GRE scores: 0% 

    Entrants providing GRE scores:  0%

    Requirements

    Application essay: Yes 

    Application essay:  Yes

    GRE requirement: None 

    GRE requirement:  None

    Letters of recommendation: 2 

    Letters of recommendation:  2

    Letters of recommendation from professional contacts: 2 

    Letters of recommendation from professional contacts:  2

    Nursing-related work experience requirement: No 

    Nursing-related work experience requirement:  No

    Nursing-related undergraduate degree requirement: Yes, always 

    Nursing-related undergraduate degree requirement:  Yes, always

    Nursing-related undergraduate course work requirement: Yes, always 

    Nursing-related undergraduate course work requirement:  Yes, always

    TOEFL required for international students: Yes 

    TOEFL required for international students:  Yes

    Minimum TOEFL score required: Paper 600, Internet 100 

    Minimum TOEFL score required:  Paper 600, Internet 100

    Academic factors

    Undergraduate institution: Considered 

    Undergraduate institution:  Considered

    Class rank: Not Considered 

    Class rank:  Not Considered

    Undergraduate GPA: Very Important 

    Undergraduate GPA:  Very Important

    Undergraduate field of study: Very Important 

    Undergraduate field of study:  Very Important

    Recommendation(s): Very Important 

    Recommendation(s):  Very Important

    Standardized test scores: Not Considered 

    Standardized test scores:  Not Considered

    Non-academic factors

    Application essay: Very Important 

    Application essay:  Very Important

    Interview: Not Considered 

    Interview:  Not Considered

    Work experience: Considered 

    Work experience:  Considered

    Character/personal qualities: Not Considered 

    Character/personal qualities:  Not Considered

    First-generation college student: Not Considered 

    First-generation college student:  Not Considered

    Alumni/alumnae relations: Considered 

    Alumni/alumnae relations:  Considered

    Geographical residence: Not Considered 

    Geographical residence:  Not Considered

    Applicant's interest level: Considered 

    Applicant's interest level:  Considered

    Admissions Contacts

    Director of admissions: Devon George 

    Director of admissions:  Devon George

    Admissions phone: (412) 396-4945 

    Admissions phone:  (412) 396-4945

    Admissions email:
    nursing@duq.edu
    Admissions website:
    http://www.duq.edu/nursing
  • Distinguishing Characteristics

    Graduate program(s):
    Doctor of Nursing Practice
    Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
    Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Ethics

    School type: Private 

    School type:  Private

    Online grad programs CCNE accredited: Yes 

    Online grad programs CCNE accredited:  Yes

    Online grad programs ACEN accredited: N/A 

    Online grad programs ACEN accredited:  N/A

    Terms: Semester 

    Terms:  Semester

    Program Offerings

    Online master's in nursing degree programs: 6 

    Online master's in nursing degree programs:  6

    Concentrations with highest demand:
    Nursing Education
    Nursing Practitioner
    Concentrations offered:
    Nursing Education
    Nursing Practitioner
    More specialized departments/concentrations offered:
    N/A

    Course Offerings

    Credit-granting courses: 24 ?

    Credit-granting courses: ? 24

    Faculty

    Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online: 19 full-time; 10 part-time 

    Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online:  19 full-time; 10 part-time

    Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree: 95% full-time; 40% part-time ?

    Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree: ? 95% full-time; 40% part-time

    Tenured or tenure-track faculty: 9 

    Tenured or tenure-track faculty:  9

    Average experience teaching online courses: 8 years ?

    Average experience teaching online courses: ? 8 years

    Program fully finances faculty training: Yes 

    Program fully finances faculty training:  Yes

    Required hours of initial training: 4 

    Required hours of initial training:  4

    Formal peer review of instructors: Yes 

    Formal peer review of instructors:  Yes

    Continuing training required: No 

    Continuing training required:  No

    Tech staff supporting faculty: 73 full-time 

    Tech staff supporting faculty:  73 full-time

    Class Size

    Average class size: 14 

    Average class size:  14

    Maximum class size: 20 

    Maximum class size:  20

    Class sizes:
    2-9 13.7%
    10-19 76.7%
    20-29 9.6%
    30-39 0%
    40-49 0%
    50-99 0%
    100+ 0%

    Integration With Campus

    Can earn degree entirely online: Depends ?

    Can earn degree entirely online: ? Depends

    Can earn degree entirely abroad: No 

    Can earn degree entirely abroad:  No

    Classes include campus-based students: No 

    Classes include campus-based students:  No

    Possible in-person attendance requirements

    Orientations: No 

    Orientations:  No

    Group projects/simulations: Yes 

    Group projects/simulations:  Yes

    Exams: No 

    Exams:  No

    Retention

    One-year retention rates:

    Graduation

    Total program graduates (2016-2017): 50 

    Total program graduates (2016-2017):  50

    Credits needed to graduate: 45 

    Credits needed to graduate:  45

    Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate: 3 years ?

    Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate: ? 3 years

    Program target time to graduate: 3 years ?

    Program target time to graduate: ? 3 years

    Required time to earn degree: 5 years 

    Required time to earn degree:  5 years

    Four-year graduation rate (2016-2017): 62% 

    Four-year graduation rate (2016-2017):  62%

  • Composition

    Enrollment: 193 ?

    Enrollment: ? 193

    Employed when first enrolling: 100% 

    Employed when first enrolling:  100%

    Minority students: 20% 

    Minority students:  20%

    Enrolled students who are veterans or active service members: 15 

    Enrolled students who are veterans or active service members:  15

    International students: 1% 

    International students:  1%

    Average age of new entrants: 35 years 

    Average age of new entrants:  35 years

    Student gender distribution:
    89.6% of students are female
  • Support

    Same services are provided for all online programs: No 

    Same services are provided for all online programs:  No

    Instructor response expected within (hours): 48 

    Instructor response expected within (hours):  48

    24/7 live tech support: Yes 

    24/7 live tech support:  Yes

    ADA compliance: Individual faculty held responsible 

    ADA compliance:  Individual faculty held responsible

    Weekly office hours (available remotely): 2 

    Weekly office hours (available remotely):  2

    End-of-course evaluations: Always 

    End-of-course evaluations:  Always

    Course evaluation response rate: 65% 

    Course evaluation response rate:  65%

    Networking

    Technology

    Recommended internet speed: Broadband 

    Recommended internet speed:  Broadband

    Courses designed by certified instructional designers: No ?

    Courses designed by certified instructional designers: ? No

    Courses designed by an outside firm: No 

    Courses designed by an outside firm:  No

    Learning management system used: Yes 

    Learning management system used:  Yes

    Delivery modes

    Live streaming video: Yes 

    Live streaming video:  Yes

    Live streaming audio: Yes 

    Live streaming audio:  Yes

    Recorded video: Yes 

    Recorded video:  Yes

    Recorded audio: Yes 

    Recorded audio:  Yes

    Software-based readers: Yes 

    Software-based readers:  Yes

    Application for display on tablet computer: Yes 

    Application for display on tablet computer:  Yes

    Description of application for tablet computer:

    Blackboard mobile

    Application for display on smartphone: Yes 

    Application for display on smartphone:  Yes

    Description of application for smartphone:

    Blackboard Mobile

    Bulletin boards: Yes 

    Bulletin boards:  Yes

    Simulations: Yes 

    Simulations:  Yes

    Online labs: Yes 

    Online labs:  Yes

    Types of Learning Management Systems Used

    Blackboard: Yes 

    Blackboard:  Yes

    Blackboard Collaborate: Yes 

    Blackboard Collaborate:  Yes

    Blackboard Connect: N/A 

    Blackboard Connect:  N/A

    Blackboard Learn: Yes 

    Blackboard Learn:  Yes

    Blackboard Mobile: Yes 

    Blackboard Mobile:  Yes

    Blackboard WebCT: N/A 

    Blackboard WebCT:  N/A

    Canvas: N/A 

    Canvas:  N/A

    Claroline: N/A 

    Claroline:  N/A

    Google Applications: N/A 

    Google Applications:  N/A

    Microsoft Sharepoint Learning Kit: N/A 

    Microsoft Sharepoint Learning Kit:  N/A

    Services

    Academic advising: Yes 

    Academic advising:  Yes

    Bookstore: Yes 

    Bookstore:  Yes

    Career placement assistance: Yes 

    Career placement assistance:  Yes

    Email address: Yes 

    Email address:  Yes

    Financial aid office/services: Yes 

    Financial aid office/services:  Yes

    Access to digitized library materials: Yes 

    Access to digitized library materials:  Yes

    Access to live librarian: Yes 

    Access to live librarian:  Yes

    Local area network: Yes 

    Local area network:  Yes

    Mentoring: Yes 

    Mentoring:  Yes

    Technical support: Yes 

    Technical support:  Yes

    Live tutoring: Yes 

    Live tutoring:  Yes

    Writing workshops: Yes 

    Writing workshops:  Yes

    Usable for classes

    Apple: Yes 

    Apple:  Yes

    PC: Yes 

    PC:  Yes

    Tech support availability

    Weekend days (7:00 am - 5:59 pm): N/A 

    Weekend days (7:00 am - 5:59 pm):  N/A

    Weekend nights (6:00 pm - 9:59 pm): N/A 

    Weekend nights (6:00 pm - 9:59 pm):  N/A

    Weekend overnights (10:00 pm - 6:59 am): N/A 

    Weekend overnights (10:00 pm - 6:59 am):  N/A

    Weekdays (7:00 am - 5:59 pm): N/A 

    Weekdays (7:00 am - 5:59 pm):  N/A

    Weeknights (6:00 pm - 9:59 pm): N/A 

    Weeknights (6:00 pm - 9:59 pm):  N/A

    Weekday overnights (10:00 pm - 6:59 am): N/A 

    Weekday overnights (10:00 pm - 6:59 am):  N/A

    Structure

    Archived classes: All 

    Archived classes:  All

    Classes can be received live: None 

    Classes can be received live:  None

    Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m.: N/A 

    Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m.:  N/A

    Percentage of classes with lectures: All 

    Percentage of classes with lectures:  All

    Student-student engagement

    Online chatrooms: Yes 

    Online chatrooms:  Yes

    Web conferencing (webinars): Yes 

    Web conferencing (webinars):  Yes

    Skype or other visual software: Yes 

    Skype or other visual software:  Yes

    Requirements

    New-student orientation: Yes 

    New-student orientation:  Yes

    Review and sign ethics statement: Yes 

    Review and sign ethics statement:  Yes

    Number of times a week students must log in to a typical course: 3 

    Number of times a week students must log in to a typical course:  3

    Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation: 4 ?

    Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation: ? 4

    Number of times per month faculty provide feedback to students on participation: 4 ?

    Number of times per month faculty provide feedback to students on participation: ? 4

    Courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students: Majority 

    Courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students:  Majority

    Class participation graded: Yes 

    Class participation graded:  Yes

    Assessment

    Exams: Yes 

    Exams:  Yes

    Number of settings in which in-person exams are administered: No proctored exams 

    Number of settings in which in-person exams are administered:  No proctored exams

    Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments: Depends 

    Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments:  Depends

    Measures to instill academic integrity:
    Data appear as submitted by school

    Students are asked to sign academic integrity policy. Students have secure log-ins for accessing their online examinations and coursework. The School of Nursing utilizes Examity to ensure that all exams are secure. Examity identifies a student and records video and audio and screen captures throughout the student's exam, which is simultaneously communicated to SSI's restricted access secure servers. The video, audio, and screen capture are used for the purpose of ensuring academic integrity during the testing process.

    Standardized copyright policy for course materials: Yes 

    Standardized copyright policy for course materials:  Yes

  • Financial Aid Contact Information

    Financial aid director: Rich Esposito 

    Financial aid director:  Rich Esposito

    Financial aid phone: (412) 396-6607 

    Financial aid phone:  (412) 396-6607

    Expenses

    Part-time tuition (per credit, in-state): $1,312 

    Part-time tuition (per credit, in-state):  $1,312

    Part-time tuition (per credit, out-of-state): $1,312 

    Part-time tuition (per credit, out-of-state):  $1,312

    Full-time tuition (per credit, in-state): $1,312 

    Full-time tuition (per credit, in-state):  $1,312

    Full-time tuition (per credit, out-of-state): $1,312 

    Full-time tuition (per credit, out-of-state):  $1,312

    Total program cost (full-time, in-state): N/A 

    Total program cost (full-time, in-state):  N/A

    Total program cost (part-time, in-state): N/A 

    Total program cost (part-time, in-state):  N/A

    Total program cost (full-time, out-of-state): N/A 

    Total program cost (full-time, out-of-state):  N/A

    Total program cost (part-time, out-of-state): N/A 

    Total program cost (part-time, out-of-state):  N/A

    Veterans pay in-state tuition: N/A 

    Veterans pay in-state tuition:  N/A

    Same tuition is charged for all online programs: Yes 

    Same tuition is charged for all online programs:  Yes

    Sponsorships

    Employer sponsored new students: 50% 

    Employer sponsored new students:  50%

    Financial Aid Availability

    College-funded aid (fellowships, assistantships, grants or scholarships) available: Yes 

    College-funded aid (fellowships, assistantships, grants or scholarships) available:  Yes

    International students eligible for college-funded aid: Yes 

    International students eligible for college-funded aid:  Yes

    New students who used GI Bill benefits: 8% 

    New students who used GI Bill benefits:  8%

    Yellow Ribbon Program member: Yes 

    Yellow Ribbon Program member:  Yes

    GI Bill certified: Yes 

    GI Bill certified:  Yes

    Average indebtedness of 2015-2016 graduates: $53,460 ?

    Average indebtedness of 2015-2016 graduates: ? $53,460

    Proportion of 2016-2017 graduates with debt: 79% 

    Proportion of 2016-2017 graduates with debt:  79%

    Careers

    School tracks alumni: Yes 

    School tracks alumni:  Yes

    Alumni on which school collected usable information: 22% 

    Alumni on which school collected usable information:  22%

    Alumni who received a raise or promotion since first enrolling: N/A 

    Alumni who received a raise or promotion since first enrolling:  N/A

    Graduates seeking employment: 0 

    Graduates seeking employment:  0

    Graduates employed at graduation: 11 

    Graduates employed at graduation:  11

    Graduates employed as nurse practitioners three months after graduation: 5 

    Graduates employed as nurse practitioners three months after graduation:  5

    Postgraduate outcomes:
    Data appear as submitted by school

    Duquesne had the first online graduate programs. The School has 19 years of experience in online education. 100% of respondents indicated that they were employed at the time of graduation.