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Online and Distance Learning

Duke University School of Nursing offers both its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs using distance-based and online technologies. As an early adopter of distance education more than two decades ago, the School has a proven track record in using creative approaches to teaching and learning in order to deliver top-quality distance education.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Duke's DNP program accommodates advanced practice nurses looking for a practical and convenient alternative to typical on-campus degree programs. The curriculum includes a comprehensive 3-day on-campus orientation where you’ll meet your fellow students and establish ongoing contact with faculty mentors. All academic courses in the DNP degree program are offered using distance-based technology and are also structured to include executive on-campus sessions (2-3 days per session; February, June, October).

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

All core courses in Duke’s MSN program are offered online at least one semester per year. All majors in Duke’s MSN program are taught as distance-based or online. While most of the content in our distance-based majors is delivered via distance technology, the curriculum includes on-campus intensive sessions that are best delivered in a face-to-face format. Students also come to campus three times during the semester when they are enrolled in the Physical Assessment course. Online majors do not require students to come to campus.

Distance-Based Majors

Specialties for APRN Majors/Certificates

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Behavioral and Mental Health
  • Veterans Health Care Concentration (for AGNP-primary care students)

Online Majors