Undergraduate Schools

Since 1905 Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has attracted the type of individual who wants to learn the most innovative methods for patient care. You too will find that, through the knowledge and skills you acquire here, you can impact the world with your talents for health care and healing. Our alumni push the frontiers of learning and discovery, and know that it’s their responsibility to uncover new ways of advancing their profession.

The School of Nursing possesses a distinct culture of academic excellence and service which makes it a top choice for students. We take pride in our efforts to develop visionary leaders who’ll make an impact. As part of Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center, the School of Nursing is committed to teaching the next generation of leaders to find new ways to improve health care and serve humanity throughout the world.

Student Spotlight

Julie Dotterweich Gunby

Julie Dotterweich Gunby, 09BN, 10MN

Fuld Fellowship

“Emory is unique among nursing schools in having ‘social responsibility’ among its three guiding tenets. I trusted that not only would I get an outstanding technical and theoretical training, I would also be in a place that nurtured my reasons for choosing nursing in the first place. I needed and wanted a community who would foster that desire and provide opportunities for its cultivation even while in school. Emory was that place."

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Programs of Study

Undergraduate Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) provides students with a solid foundation for a career as a nurse or graduate education. You can begin your undergraduate education at Oxford College or Emory College of Emory University, or any other accredited institution, and apply to the School of Nursing for entrance your junior year. In the last two years of college, you’ll learn the practice of nursing in clinical and classroom settings. BSN graduates typically work in intensive care, pediatrics, adult acute care, or other practice areas.

For those interested in nursing who hold undergraduate degrees in other majors, there’s the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Second Degree Students (BSN). Our BSN second degree students have backgrounds in a variety of disciplines. Another choice for applicants is the ABSN Option, which allows second degree students to be admitted to the BSN and MSN programs simultaneously for a seamless course of study.

Graduate Programs

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) prepares advanced practice nurses for a variety of specializations in a number of clinical settings. Graduates are qualified to seek certification as nurse practitioners and/or certified nurse midwives. Students can study full or part time. The School of Nursing also offers a variety of opportunities for advance education and preparation for additional certification with the Post Master’s options.

The Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Public Health (MSN-MPH) is a dual degree that combines the resources of the School of Nursing and Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, along with some of the world’s renowned public health organizations.

PhD Program

Emory University’s PhD in Nursing integrates the traditional science of nursing with emerging and relevant content from the associated fields of ethics, health policy, and health outcomes research to build a new science of care delivery. Students will develop knowledge and theory that will be used to design and evaluate innovative mechanisms for addressing health and care delivery problems, including access to care and quality of care, prevention, risk assessment, and symptom management. The program prepares nurse scholars to participate in developing new patient-care practices that improve health outcomes and enhance the quality of life. This knowledge will inform and will support the science of nursing and expand the boundaries of the discipline within the changing health care environment.