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A diverse community of scholars and clinicians, Duke University School of Nursing is educating the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing. We advance nursing science in issues of global importance and foster the scholarly practice of nursing. We have been ranked fourth in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report for its 2017 Best Nursing Schools rankings. The School offers masters, PhD and doctor of nursing practice degrees as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously graduated from college.


The mission of the Duke University School of Nursing is to create a center of excellence for the advancement of nursing science, the promotion of clinical scholarship and the education of clinical leaders, advanced practitioners and researchers. Through nursing research, education and practice, students and faculty seek to enhance the quality of life for people of all cultures, economic levels and geographic locations.


The goals of Duke University School of Nursing reflect our overall mission of education, research and practice to enhance the health and quality of life for all people.

  • To develop academic programs that respond to societal needs for nursing expertise.
  • To provide high quality education as a foundation for lifelong learning and professional careers in nursing and the broader health care enterprise.
  • To develop leaders in research, education, practice and administration.
  • To lead interdisciplinary research that results in innovative approaches to improving health and illness outcomes.
  • To provide health care to patients and, in concert with community partners, develop and test innovative models of care.


Duke University School of Nursing is committed to achieving distinction in research, education and patient care predicated on our beliefs regarding human beings, society and the environment, health and health care delivery, nursing and teaching and learning. Read more>>

2016-2020 Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan for the Duke University School of Nursing establishes a road map to guide the actions of the school through the year 2020. The Plan builds on past successes, while advancing the priorities of the School in a way that aligns with the priorities of Duke Health and Duke University. Read more>>

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

Duke University School of Nursing is committed to increasing diversity and inclusiveness in our community. Diversity is more than broadly representative demographic differences. Rather, diversity embodies cultural sensitivity and openness, collaboration and inclusion. Diversity fosters learning by reflecting experiences from life, classroom and practice as well as social beliefs. Read more>>