The Duke University School of Nursing is aware of the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to students, as well as colleges and universities around the world. To ensure equity throughout our holistic application review process, transcripts and other admissions documents relating to the Spring 2020 term that have been impacted by COVID-19 will be considered. Specifically, regardless of whether the decision was made by student or institution, there will be no penalty to applicants with transcripts showing a grade of Pass/Fail, or other similar grading options that differ from traditional grading scale.
We are available to help you whether you are just beginning to consider the right university or already have a focused plan and are ready to apply.
For general inquires, please send an email to SONAdmissions@dm.duke.edu or call our Office of Admissions toll free at 877-415-3853. Our physical address is 307 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710. Our mailing address is DUMC 3322, Durham, NC 27710. For technical assistance with your application, please send an email to SONApplication@dm.duke.edu.
Fall Entry Priority
Spring Entry Priority
We participate 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:
Our 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.
Duke University's Annual Clery Security Report as Mandated by Federal Statute 20 USC § 1092. The Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report include institutional policies concerning campus safety and security, as well as statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Duke University property and on public property adjacent to campus and fires that have occurred in residence halls. A copy of this Report can be obtained by contacting the Duke Police Department at 684-4602 or writing to 502 Oregon Street, Durham, NC 27708 or by accessing: https://police.duke.edu/news-stats/clery
Technical Standards. All DUSON students should review the technical standards required of them.
Students with Disabilities: Duke University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Duke Student Disability Access Office in advance of your participation or visit.
Applications can be submitted three months prior to the priority deadline. In order for an application to be considered complete, the following documents must be received:
Completed online application and $50 application fee. Duke University accepts personal checks, money orders or payment by credit card.
Official copy of all post-secondary educational transcripts either mailed or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions and Student Services.
Three letters of recommendation using the standardized reference form found in the online application. Students can submit recommendations from professional and/or academic persons.
Personal Statement Questions. A total of four questions must be answered within the application form in the provided text box.
To complete your application:
Answer all required questions and submit form.
Pay the application fee.
Upload final versions of all required documents. NOTE: Once uploaded, they cannot be changed.
Send electronic recommendation forms using our secure portal.
Unofficial copy of all post-secondary educational transcripts can be uploaded in your self-service portal to be used for the review process only. An official copy of all post-secondary educational transcripts will be required for admittance and can be either mailed or sent electronically to SON-DOCUMENTS@dm.duke.edu or in a sealed envelope to:
Duke School of Nursing
Office of Admissions
307 Trent Dr.
Durham, NC 27710
When your application is complete, it will be submitted and held for review by the program’s admission committee. If any information is missing, your application will not be considered.
Once the application is complete, the file will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee. The candidate will be notified of the admissions decision via Applicant Self-Service by the ABSN Admissions Officer. Admissions decisions are made in March (Fall term admission) and July (Spring term admission). A non-refundable enrollment fee of $500 will hold an admitted student's place in the cohort. This enrollment deposit will be credited towards the student's first semester tuition. Candidates not offered admission will receive either a wait-list status invite or deny/decline decision. Should space become available, candidates will be notified individually via Applicant Self-Service. An offer of admission is not guaranteed for wait-listed candidates. Candidates offered admission from the waitlist will also be required to submit a non-refundable enrollment/tuition deposit.
Where do I send my application materials?
Office of Admissions and Student Services
307 Trent Drive
Durham, NC 27710
Do you 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 program. If you would like to schedule a visit to campus, please contact our 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, we do not permit deferrals unless there are extenuating circumstances beyond your control that would prevent you from enrolling in the term you 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.
Is the GRE required? The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for applicants.
Are there any part-time or online options available for the program? No. The program is a full-time program in which you 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 program? No, all prerequisite courses need to be completed prior to enrolling in the 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 you evaluate my completed course work for prerequisite course verification?
We 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 Admissions Officer with the following information:
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.
Does Duke University School of Nursing's ABSN program curriculum meet the educational requirements for professional licensure as a registered nurse in all U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia?