Tuition & Fees
The information in this section pertains primarily to the tuition and fee structure for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Program, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program, Post-Graduate Certificate and other certificate options, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program of the Duke University School of Nursing. Details are available online on the School of Nursing website.
Because the PhD Program in Nursing is a program of The Graduate School of Duke University, its tuition and fees follow a different structure, in accordance with The Graduate School’s policy. Prospective and current PhD students will find detailed information about tuition and fees in the Bulletin of the Duke University Graduate School.
For all ABSN students, tuition is charged on a per semester basis. ABSN tuition is $24,147 per semester. In the event a student must decelerate, the student will be charged the graduate per-credit-hour tuition rate, as listed below.
DNP, MSN, PGC, Other Certificate, and Nondegree Students
For students in the MSN program and DNP programs, as well as those pursuing a post-graduate certificate, other certificate, or nondegree study, tuition is charged at the graduate per-credit-hour tuition rate ($1,984 as of Fall 2022). To calculate tuition for the academic year, multiply the number of credit hours in which you are enrolling by the per-credit-hour rate.
PhD Program in Nursing
The PhD Program in Nursing is a program of the Duke University Graduate School, and its tuition costs are determined by The Graduate School. For further information concerning tuition in the PhD Program, please consult the Bulletin of the Duke University Graduate School or the Duke University Graduate School Cost of Attendance webpage, or contact the PhD Program coordinator at SONPhDProgram@duke.edu or (919) 684-8456.
Following registration, a number of student fees are automatically generated. All fees are subject to change each academic year.
Academic Program Fees
ABSN, MSN, and DNP Degree Programs
Unless otherwise indicated, the fees described below pertain to students in the ABSN Program, MSN Program, and DNP Program.
Audit Fee. Audit fees are $160 per course. Students registered full-time in the fall and spring semesters may audit courses without charge, space permitting. Nursing 595 (Diagnostic Reasoning and Physical Assessment Refresher) is not available as an audit. Students taking this course must register for one graduate credit hour at the rate listed above.
Technology Fee. A $150 per semester fee is assessed for technical support from the school’s Information Technology Department (SON-IT).
Program Assessment Fee (ABSN only). For ABSN students enrolled prior to Fall 2022, a program fee of $56 per semester is assessed for each of the four semesters of enrollment.
Standardized Testing/Exam Review Fee (ABSN only). This one-time nonrefundable $1,350 fee is charged to Accelerated BSN students in their first semester for the NCLEX exam-prep course and related assessments, starting in Fall 2022.
International Cultural Immersion Program Fees. One of these four International Cultural Immersion Program travel fees will be charged to students who enroll in the applicable course offered in conjunction with the School of Nursing’s Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives (OGACHI) which manages student travel abroad for the school. Fees for International Cultural Immersion Program Travel are as follows: Caribbean Countries ($3,000); Asian Countries ($4,000); African Countries ($4,750); South American Countries ($4,250).
Clinical Lab Fees. In a few courses with an extensive clinical laboratory component, an additional lab fee ($45-$125) may be assessed.
CRNA Test Preparation Fee (Nurse Anesthesia students only). A one-time nonrefundable $450 fee is charged to Nurse Anesthesia students for the CRNA test preparation course.
Late Registration Fee. A late registration fee of $25 is charged by Duke University for failure to complete registration during the official registration period.
Transcript Fee. All matriculants pay a one-time fee of $120. This fee permits all students and alumni to receive official university transcripts to meet their legitimate needs without additional charge, except for special handling such as express mail.
For additional information about these fees, consult the academic program pages on the Duke University School of Nursing website.
Fees charged to PhD students are determined annually by The Graduate School of Duke University. For details, visit the online summary provided in the Cost of Attendance page on The Graduate School website and the Financial Information section of the Bulletin of the Duke University Graduate School, or contact the PhD Program coordinator at SONPhDProgram@duke.edu or (919) 684-8456.
Student Health & Insurance Fees
ABSN, MSN, and DNP Students. All enrolled full-time students are assessed a mandatory student health fee each semester. Student health fees are $449.50 for each of the fall and spring semesters, and $324 for the summer semester. Waivers are available to students who are full-time Duke employees or spouses of Duke employees or students enrolled in an online/distance-based program who live more than fifty miles from Duke’s campus.
The student health fee covers most services rendered by the Student Health Center during each enrolled semester. A summary of services covered by the student health fee is available online.
PhD Students. Information about student health fees for PhD students is available in the Financial Information section of the Bulletin of the Duke University Graduate School.
Post-Graduate Certificate, Graduate Certificate, and Nondegree Students. All on-campus students are assessed a mandatory student health fee each semester. Student health fees are $429 for each of for the fall and spring semesters, and $302 for the summer semester. Waivers are available to students who are full-time Duke employees or spouses of Duke employees or students enrolled in an online/distance-based program who live more than fifty miles from Duke’s campus. The student health fee covers most services rendered by the Student Health Center during each enrolled semester. A summary of services covered by the student health fee is available online.
Additional Health Insurance Requirements. Medical insurance is essential to protect against the high cost of medication, unexpected illnesses, and injuries which would require hospitalization, surgery, or the services of specialists outside the Duke Student Health Center.
Duke University requires that all students enrolled in programs that require payment of the health fee must have adequate medical insurance. Adequate means that the benefits must be similar to those offered by the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan (SMIP). For international students who hold a J-1 or F-1 visa, participation in the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan is mandatory.
Other Nonacademic Fees
Parking Fee. Each student parking a motor vehicle on campus must register the vehicle and select a parking option at the office of Duke University Parking and Transportation Services. At the time of registration of a motor vehicle, the state vehicle registration certificate, a valid driver’s license, and a student identification card must be presented. For more information, call the parking office at (919) 684-7275 or consult the Duke University Parking and Transportation website.
Graduate Student Activity Fee. A fee of $18.25 per semester for fall and spring semesters charged to the student’s bursar account provides full-year membership in the Graduate and Professional Student Council. This fee is charged to students enrolled in the ABSN Program, MSN Program, and DNP Program and also to post-master’s certificate, post-graduate certificate, and health informatics graduate certificate students. This activity fee is not charged to PhD students because it is now included in the PhD Program package.
Graduate Student Services Fee. A fee of $11 per semester for Fall and Spring semesters charged to the student’s bursar account funds co-curricular services such as University career services and cultural programming. This fee is charged to all students enrolled in the ABSN, MSN, and DNP Program, or certificate options.
Recreation Fee. Graduate and professional students are charged a recreation fee of $170.75 per semester for fall and spring semesters to utilize on-campus recreation facilities, including the Brodie Recreation Center on East Campus and the Wilson Recreation Center on West Campus, tennis courts, and other Duke recreational facilities. This recreation fee is required for students in the Duke University School of Nursing ABSN Program, but it is optional for students in the MSN Program and DNP Program and for certificate options students.
Per the policy of The Graduate School of Duke University, the recreation fee pertains to all students in the PhD Program in Nursing, and it is funded for their first three years of enrollment by their financial package; however, they must opt in through The Graduate School.