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Frequently Asked Questions



Does Duke offer a traditional BSN program?
No. The Duke University School of Nursing only offers the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at the undergraduate level. We also offer the Master of Science in Nursing Program, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and PhD in Nursing Program.

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.

Is the GRE required?
There is no requirement for the GRE in the ABSN application process.

Do all of the prerequisite courses need to be completed when I apply?
Although prerequisite courses do not need to be complete when you apply for admission, they do need to be completed by the time you enroll in the ABSN program if you are offered admission. If it has been over five years since you completed the prerequisite science courses (anatomy, physiology and microbiology), we strongly recommend that you consider retaking them as a refresher before the program begins.

Can I take the prerequisite courses at a community college or online?
Yes. The prerequisite courses can be completed at any accredited college/university or community college. They can also be taken online.

Will Duke University School of Nursing evaluate my completed course work for prerequisite course completion?
Duke University School of Nursing will verify any completed or potential course work as satisfactory equivalent of the required 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.

When can I apply?
We accept applications for the fall and spring semesters. Please view the Deadline and Important Dates web page for additional information. We do not operate on a rolling admissions basis.

How many clinical hours will I have during the ABSN program?
Students completing the ABSN program complete over 700 hours of clinical practice in a variety of specialty areas. The program concludes with a 168-hour clinical synthesis experience where the student works with a preceptor to increase knowledge application, prioritization and decision-making skills as well as help facilitate a smooth transition to professional practice.

Are there opportunities to work with diverse populations and to study abroad during the ABSN program?
Each student will have a number of opportunities to work with diverse populations and to participate in a global clinical immersion experience during the course of study.

Who is a typical student in the ABSN program?
Students in the ABSN program include both recent college graduates and individuals with advanced degrees. A typical cohort of students will have students with previous degrees in the liberal arts and science. It will be diverse both ethnically and by gender and will include individuals from the local community and across the nation.

When do clinical experiences begin in the ABSN program at Duke University School of Nursing?
Students in the ABSN program begin clinical in their first semester and continue in clinical synthesis experiences throughout the program.