New Student Orientation

Welcome to DUSON!

New Student Orientation provides an opportunity for students to connect with fellow peers, faculty and staff who will embark on this exciting journey with you. You will also learn more about student resources that are available to assist you during your time here as a student. Please watch the mandatory videos for new ABSN and DNP students and new MSN students.

Orientation Dates

DUSON General Orientation (ABSN and MSN*) - Wednesday, August 19, 2020 | Begins at 10 a.m. | Agenda coming soon

The following programs have additional mandatory orientation dates:

  • ABSN: Wednesday, August 19 - Friday, August 21, 2020

  • DNP/Post MSN-DNP: Wednesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 20, 2020

  • MSN/Post-BSN to DNP*: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

  • Nurse Anesthesia: Wednesday, August 19 - Friday, August 21, 2020

  • PhD: Friday, August 14, 2020

Wednesday, August 19 at 4 p.m. - Convocation for new graduate and professional school students.

*MSN includes MSN, Post-Graduate Certificate, Specialty Certificate and Post-BSN to DNP students.

What to Bring to Orientation
  • Laptop. Students are encouraged to bring their laptop to campus on this day if assistance is needed with set-up or if there are technical issues. IT Support Staff will be available to assist on this day.

  • Identification. All students will need to bring a government-issued ID in order to obtain their Student ID Badge. Examples include a valid driver’s license and/or passport. Please upload a photo prior to orientation to obtain your student ID badge from Card Services.

  • Preferred Attire. Business casual and comfortable shoes.


New Student Orientation is held at the School of Nursing Pearson Building located at 307 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710. All on-campus students must get a parking permit prior to orientation. You must park in your assigned lot for the orientation program.

Please visit the Parking & Transportation Services website for bus schedules and lot descriptions. Parking permits are available to purchase online.

Online and distance-based students are not required to purchase a parking permit and should park in the Medical Center parking garage located on Trent Drive. Visitor parking is available for a fee of $2.00 per hour.

Directions to Parking, Card Services (ID Badge) and Bookstore

From the School of Nursing take the sidewalk opposite of the School heading south toward Duke Hospital. Enter through the doors marked “Duke Clinic.” Follow the signs to the grey elevators, and take the elevator down to the basement level or the stairs. Exit to the left and enter the first open door corridor (glass window). The Parking Office, Card Services Office and Bookstore will be on the right. Questions? Contact DukeCard Customer service at 919.684.2273 or email

Traveling to the School of Nursing

Driving Directions

The School of Nursing has affiliations with several hotels close to campus. Please view our travel and accommodations information to assist with planning your trip to orientation. The availability of shuttle service to the School varies, so please inquire directly to hotels for site-specific information.

Accommodations, Accessibility and Assistance

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.

Emergency Information Center

Duke University has established a comprehensive emergency management plan to prevent and respond to emergencies and crisis that may occur at the University and School level. In wake of recent incidents involving armed intruders, we want to ensure your personal safety. Experts in law enforcement agree one of the most important steps you can take to survive an active shooter situation is to have thought through in advance what you would do in a given situation. Click here to watch this short video on what to do if there is an armed intruder.

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