Duke University

Degree Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Post-Master’s Certificate.

Program Length

36 months, full time

Credit Hours

85 semester hours

Starting Month


Application Deadline


Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing is required.

Current licensure or eligibility for licensure as a nurse in North Carolina.

Minimum of 1 year (with 2 years preferred) continuous full-time acute care experience as a registered nurse in a critical care setting prior to interviewing for the program. Experience should involve the following skills: Independent decision making, Interpretation of advanced monitoring techniques, Caring for ventilated patients, and Pharmacologic hemodynamic management. Experience areas preferred: Surgical ICU, Medical ICU, Cardiac ICU, Neuro ICU, Pediatric or Neonatal ICU. Experiences considered: ICU step-down or transitional areas, Post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), Operating Room, or Emergency Room. Not acceptable: Radiology, Cath lab, or Flight team.

A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

GRE scores need to be taken within five year and should be available before the application deadline.

Required certifications: BLS (Basic Life Support), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), and CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) is not required but strongly encouraged.

Undergraduate statistics course: must include descriptive and inferential stats.

Proven undergraduate success in all major science classes.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to shadow a CRNA.


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