ABSN StudentsWe 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 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

Application Deadlines
Deadline Date Deadline Type

December 1

Fall Entry Priority

May 1

Spring Entry Priority

    Admission Requirements

    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 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.

    Enrollment Prerequisites

    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.

    Students with International Credits

    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:

    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.

    Application Materials

    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:

    1. Answer all required questions and submit form.

    2. Pay the application fee.

    3. Upload final versions of all required documents. NOTE: Once uploaded, they cannot be changed.

    4. Send electronic recommendation forms using our secure portal.

    5. 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 or in a sealed envelope to:

    Duke School of Nursing
    Office of Admissions
    DUMC 3322
    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.

      Application Review

      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.

      General FAQs

      Where do I send my application materials?

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

      Do you accept electronic transcripts? Yes, electronic transcripts can be emailed to

      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

      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.

      Program FAQs

      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:

      • 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.

      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?

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