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Frequently Asked Questions

General

Where do I send my application materials?
Does the School of Nursing accept electronic transcripts?
Can I fax my transcripts?
Can I take the prerequisite courses at a community college or online?
Should I contact the admissions office to set up a personal interview?
If I am offered admission, can I defer my acceptance to another semester?

ABSN Program

Is the GRE required?
What is the school code for the School of Nursing?
Are there any part-time or online options available for the ABSN program?
Do all of the prerequisite courses need to be completed when I apply for the ABSN program?
Will the Duke University School of Nursing evaluate my completed course work for prerequisite course verification?

MSN & Post-Graduate Certificate Program

Is the GRE required?
What is the school code for the School of Nursing?
Is part-time study available?
How many years of nursing experience must I have before applying to Duke's graduate programs?
What do successful DUSON MSN applicants look like?
What types of recommendation letters should I get for my application?

General FAQs

Where do I send my application materials?

Office of Admissions and Student Services
Box 102400
307 Trent Drive
Durham, NC 27710

Does the School of Nursing accept electronic transcripts? Yes, electronic transcripts can be emailed to SON-DOCUMENTS@dm.duke.edu.

Can I fax my transcripts? Transcripts may be faxed for an unofficial transcript evaluation or to help determine prerequisite completion. Please review the information below on how to initiate this service. The fax number is (919) 668-4693.

Can I take the prerequisite courses at a community college or online? Yes. The prerequisite courses can be completed at any regionally accredited college/university or community college. Online courses are acceptable if the institution is accredited.

Should I contact the admissions office to set up a personal interview? Interviews are not required for the ABSN program. If you would like to schedule a visit to campus, please contact the admissions office to schedule an appointment at SONAdmissions@dm.duke.edu.

If I am offered admission, can I defer my acceptance to another semester? As a general rule, the School of Nursing does not permit deferrals unless there are extenuating circumstances beyond a student’s control that would prevent them from enrolling in the term they were admitted. If you have a concern about your ability to start for the semester admitted, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services.

ABSN Program FAQs

Is the GRE required? The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for ABSN applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher or those with an earned master’s degree or higher. Only the credits used to complete the undergraduate degree will be considered for the GRE waiver. Courses taken after the undergraduate degree has been earned will not be considered to improve a student’s academic performance. All applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 are required to submit GRE scores.

A competitive GRE score would fall within the top 50th percentile on both the verbal and quantitative components. For more information regarding GRE scores, visit the Educational Testing Service website.

What is the school code for the School of Nursing? R5156. It typically takes 10 to15 days for a score to reflect in the Duke system once it is released by the testing agency.

Are there any part-time or online options available for the ABSN program? No. The ABSN program is a full-time program in which students are encouraged not to hold employment while in the program. There are no online options available.

Do all of the prerequisite courses need to be completed when I apply for the ABSN program? No, all prerequisite courses need to be completed prior to enrolling in the ABSN Program. We also strongly recommend that if it has been over five years since you completed the prerequisite science courses (anatomy, physiology, microbiology), you consider retaking them as a refresher before the program begins.

Will the Duke University School of Nursing evaluate my completed course work for prerequisite course verification?
Yes, the Duke University School of Nursing will evaluate your transcripts for completion of all prerequisite courses. To receive official approval of prerequisite courses, you will need to provide the ABSN Admissions Officer with the following information:

  • course name
  • course number
  • institution
  • year of enrollment
  • link to course catalog

Once a decision has been made regarding the course(s) in question, you will be notified via email.

MSN & Post-Graduate Certificate Program FAQs

Is the GRE required? The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 or higher or those with an earned master’s degree or higher. All applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.4 are required to submit GRE scores. The cumulative undergraduate GPA is reflective of the applicant’s nursing degree(s) only (Associate’s and/or BSN degree).

A competitive GRE score would fall within the top 50th percentile on both the verbal and quantitative components. For more information regarding GRE scores, visit the Educational Testing Service website.

What is the school code for the School of Nursing? R5156. It typically takes 10 to 15 days for a score to reflect in the Duke system once it is released by the testing agency.

Is part-time study available? Yes, part-time study is available depending on your program of study. Please refer to the MSN Curricula page to view majors that offer part-time study options.

How many years of nursing experience must I have before applying to Duke's graduate programs? It is recommended, but not required, that applicants have one year of nursing experience before applying. Applicants to the Nurse Anesthesia Program are required to have at least one year of acute care RN experience. All Neonatal Nurse Practitioner applicants need two years of clinical experience before starting clinical courses. Applicants for the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program must have at least one year of acute care pediatric nursing experience.

What do successful DUSON MSN applicants look like? Each applicant and DUSON student is unique, but there are some features that many successful students share. In addition to demonstrating academic excellence and aptitude for demanding graduate coursework, successful candidates can clearly articulate the role for which they are applying and demonstrate an understanding of both the daily responsibilities as well as prominent issues for the field. The admissions committee reviews each application, including the personal statement, and considers the potential success of the applicant in a graduate program that requires critical thought and ability to form logical arguments in writing. The admissions committee also considers the applicant’s potential for leadership and advancing practice, service, research or teaching in the chosen field.

Duke University and Duke University School of Nursing respect and appreciate diversity in all its forms. The personal statement provides an opportunity for applicants to share, if you wish, a perspective you bring or experiences you've had to help us understand you better.

What types of recommendation letters should I get for my application? Every applicant is unique, and we recognize that individuals have a variety of work and educational experiences and personal circumstances. Three professional letters of reference are required. The letters of reference should address your academic ability as well as your abilities, character and accomplishments in nursing. Successful applicants typically have at least one reference letter from a professor or teacher and one reference letter from a work supervisor. If you are a supervisor, then consider a professional colleague. Individuals providing letters of reference should have had recent (within the last five years) educational or professional relationships with the applicant. Letters from current work supervisors are particularly helpful to the MSN Admissions Committee. In addition, letters of reference from individuals that have the degree/credential from the program that the applicant is applying for can be used to demonstrate that the applicant has an understanding of the role that they are seeking, which is an important admissions consideration.