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ABSN Admission Requirements

The Duke University School of Nursing participates in a comprehensive, holistic review including quantitative and qualitative criteria. All candidates must possess the physical health and emotional stability sufficient to meet the demands of nursing practice and provide safe patient care (see Duke University School of Nursing Technical Standards). In addition, fluency in speaking, reading and writing English is also required. The minimum admission requirements to be considered for an interview are as follows:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in any major.
  • A minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale.

ABSN Enrollment Prerequisites

The ABSN program requires all admitted students to have completed the courses and required units listed below prior to the start of classes. An earned minimum grade of C or higher in each nursing prerequisite course is required; the exception is Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology in which a grade of B- or higher is required. These courses may be taken at any accredited college, university or community college. The prerequisite requirements do not have to be complete prior to the application being submitted.

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 6-8 credits
  • Microbiology (lab recommended) 3-4 credits
  • Basic Statistics 3 credits
  • Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology 3 credits
  • Undergraduate course work in Nutrition is not required but strongly recommended.