Duquesne University School of Nursing

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The School of Nursing at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is one of ten degree-granting bodies which make up the university. The program currently has 565 undergraduate and 282 graduate students.

History of the program[edit]

The School of Nursing was founded in 1935 as a unit in the former College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. By 1937, the School of Nursing had become an independent college, with accreditation by the State Board of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Initially, the college offered B.S. degrees in Nursing and Nursing Education. It continued to do so until September 1964, when a single revised professional nursing program was developed for both basic and registered nurse students. In the Fall of 1982, a new baccalaureate program was added, tailored to the needs of registered nurses. In 1986, the Graduate Nursing Program was inaugurated to offer a Master of Science degree in Nursing. In 1994, the school began to offer a Ph.D. program and in 2008 began to offer a DNP in the discipline. In 1997, the Duquesne School of Nursing was the first university in the nation to offer an online Ph.D. in nursing.[1] To date, more than 5000 students have graduated from the school.


Dr. Eileen Zungolo, Ed.D., R.N., FAAN Former dean: 2002-2012

Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow, Ph.D., R.N., ANEF, FAAN, ACNS-BC Current dean: 2012–Present

Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow joined the School of Nursing as Dean and Professor in August 2012. Dr. Glasgow previously served as Associate Dean for Nursing, Undergraduate Health Professions, and Continuing Education and Chair of Undergraduate Programs at Drexel University. She completed a fellowship at Bryn Mawr College and HERS, Mid-America Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Glasgow was a Trustee of Princeton HealthCare System and was selected as a 2009 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow.

As dean, under her leadership, enrollment and NCLEX-RN scores increased, and research and scholarship has significantly expanded. The School is recognized as a national leader in nursing education, emphasizing social justice, digital technologies, and graduates with strong ethical reasoning skills. Recently, she led the development of the first dual undergraduate Biomedical Engineering and Nursing Program in the country, and a PhD in Nursing Ethics.

Dr. Glasgow is an innovator in nursing and health professions both nationally and internationally. At Drexel, she created a BSN Co-op Program, BSN Accelerated Career Entry Program, Pathway to Health Professions Program, and other forward-thinking educational programs. She also advanced online pedagogy developing one of the largest online nursing programs in the country. She previously served as Associate Editor for Oncology Nursing Forum responsible for the Leadership and Professional Development Feature.

She is the co-author of three books, two of which have won the American Journal of Nursing Book-of-the-Year Award, first place. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and as a NLN Academy of Nursing Education Fellow. She has been honored with the Villanova University College of Nursing Alumni Medallion for Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Education and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Gwynedd-Mercy University. Recently, she served on the Health Service Executive and National Nursing and Midwifery Quality-Care Metrics Project Team to develop quality metrics for the country of Ireland.

Dr. Glasgow brings years of experience in nursing education and practice that includes teaching nursing on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Glasgow also brings a passion and enthusiasm for nursing enabling her to positively impact the nursing education and health care environment of Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.

Distinguished Nursing Alumni[edit]

The School of Nursing prepares leaders, locally and globally, who positively impact health and advocate for the oppressed and vulnerable. School of Nursing alumni includes accomplished clinicians, executives, faculty, and deans such as:

  • Diane Hupp, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Operations and Patient Care Services; UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Maribeth McLaughlin, BSN, MPM, Vice President of Women's Health for UPMC and Vice President of Operations, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
  • Margaret DiCuccio, Phd, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Allegheny General Hospital
  • Anne R. Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean, University of Connecticut; Former Dean, University of Texas, Arlington and Former President of the NLN
  • Andrea Schmid-Mazzoccoli, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer, Bon Secours Health System, Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow
  • Mary Ann Cantrell, PhD, RN, CNE, Professor and Director of PhD Program, Villanova University School of Nursing; Inducted into the American Academy of Nursing 2015
  • Maryann Fralic, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Former Chief Nursing Officer, Professor Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Johns Hopkins University
  • Leah Laffey, DNP, RN, Chief Executive Officer, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley
  • Wendy Robinson, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE, President/CEO, Helene Fuld College of Nursing
  • Retired Major General Kimberly Siniscalachi, MSN, BSN, RN, Assistant Air Force Surgeon General, Medical Force Development; Assistant Air Force Surgeon General, Nursing Services
  • Joyce Marth Knestrick, PhD, C-FNP, APRN, FAANP, President, American Association of Nurse Practitioners


  • Ranked 3 times as an NLN Center of Excellence (2008-2011, 2011-2015, 2016–2020)
  • 72 Best Graduate Schools 2019 as ranked by U.S. News &World Report
  • 86 Best Graduate Schools - Doctor of Nursing Practice degree 2019 as ranked by U.S. News & World Report
  • #6 Graduate program ranking by U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Programs 2013
  • #3 ranking by U. S. News & World Report for graduate online nursing programs for veterans in 2014
  • Ranked #9 in the U. S. as a Social Media Friendly School of Nursing
  • Developed 1st Dual undergraduate Biomedical Engineering and Nursing Program in the U. S.
  • 2014 Military friendly school by Victory Media
  • The PhD Program will celebrate its 25th Anniversary (1994-2019)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner 2013 Certification Pass Rate 100%


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Coordinates: 40°26′18″N 79°59′35″W / 40.43820°N 79.99317°W / 40.43820; -79.99317