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Post-Graduate Admission Requirements

The Post-Graduate Certificate program at the Duke University School of Nursing is available to registered nurses who:

  • Possess a master's degree from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited nursing school, or
  • Possess a master's degree in another discipline acceptable to the specialty faculty

In addition, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Licensure or eligibility for licensure as a professional nurse in North Carolina, unless your license is from a "compact state"; and that is your primary state of residence (your declared fixed permanent and principal home for legal purposes; domicile) or you are a distance-based student who will not be practicing in North Carolina while enrolled in school and have licensure or eligibility for licensure in your primary state of residence.
  • Completion of application for the certificate program including one copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. The bachelor's or post-bachelor's course work must include satisfactory completion of a course in descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Nursing experience requirements may vary by specialty. It is recommended that applicants have a minimum of one year of nursing experience before matriculation.
  • Must possess physical and mental skills and abilities necessary to successfully complete School of Nursing Curriculum.
  • Three letters of academic and/or professional reference.
  • Personal interview. Other arrangements will be made when distance is a factor.