Mentoring to Increase Access to Health Professions (MAP)

Enhancing Understanding of Nursing, Physician Assistant, Medicine, Occupational and Physical Therapy Health Professions
What is MAP?

Mentoring to Increase Access to Health Professions (MAP) is a component of the Duke University School of Nursing Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The program is designed to provide ongoing mentorship to facilitate students’ integration and completion of a health profession program. Mentorship by health professionals and faculty will address known barriers to successful progression of underrepresented minority students.

Students will attend a 3-week immersion experience with Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) where they will participate in activities that:

  • Cultivate interest in various health professions
  • Improve entry-level competencies and self-confidence
  • Create support systems, and
  • Identify resources for affording nursing and other health professions education.

We partner with Duke Physician Assistant (PA), Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT) and School of Medicine graduate programs to provide students with an opportunity to visit each program's admission team to facilitate an understanding of admission requirements.


MAP students visiting Duke Hospital

Our program assist students in designing a professional development plan that will assist them in achieving successful admission into their selected health professional career. Activities include:

  • Seminars and activities that highlight health disparities & health access
  • Hospital-based shadow experience
  • Simulated nursing experience
  • Individualized mentored & professional career development sessions

Students participating in our program benefit in a variety of ways:

  • Fully-funded (travel, housing and food)
  • Work with Duke Faculty & Staff
  • Gain exposure to an array of leaders and nursing careers
  • Expand understanding of health equity concepts
  • Academic advising and career counseling

In order to apply and be eligible for the summer program, you must:

  • Be a member of one of the following underrepresented groups in nursing:
    • American Indian/Native American
    • African American
    • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    • Hispanic/Latino
  • Be in an undergraduate program (rising sophomore or juniors; rising seniors will be considered)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or higher

Students interested in participating, must apply online by Friday, March 4, 2022. Requirements include:

  • Complete online MAP application
  • Personal statement
  • Transcript of current college (does not have to be official but should have latest grades)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Send copies of all official documents via email to or by mail to:

Duke University School of Nursing
c/o Monica Russell
307 Trent Drive
Durham, NC 27710

Applications are reviewed by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion admissions committee. Selected candidates will be contacted and asked to participate in a virtual interview.

Important Dates
  • Program dates: June 12 - July 1, 2022
  • Application opens: December 1, 2021
  • Application deadline: March 4, 2022
  • Decision notifications: April 4, 2022
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