Freshman Option: Emory and Oxford Students

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The Emory Nursing Experience

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Freshman Option provides Emory College and Oxford College students with a solid foundation for beginning a career as a registered nurse. This program is designed for students who wish to pursue the BSN as their first bachelor’s degree. 

First, the Prerequisites

As a Freshman Option student, the first two years of general education prerequisites are taken at Emory College or Oxford College. Students may apply and be admitted to the nursing program while the prerequisites are in progress. All required courses must be completed before enrolling in the BSN program in the fall semester.

Emory and Oxford students applying to the BSN first-degree program will automatically be admitted to the School of Nursing if they meet certain requirements. 

Second, the Nursing Education

In the remaining two years at Emory, you’ll learn the practice of nursing in clinical and classroom settings. The nursing program is designed to be completed in four semesters of full-time enrollment.

Graduates of the BSN program are eligible to take the NCLEX examination to become a Registered Nurse in any U.S. state. BSN graduates can work in a wide array of practice areas in health care and beyond.

Semester 1 (Fall)
Course #Course TitleCreditsClinical Hrs
NRSG 309Social Responsibility & Bioethics in Nursing225
NRSG 310Pathophysiology for Nurses3
NRSG 312Foundations of Nursing Practice2
NRSG 314Clinical Practicum I2100
NRSG 322Health Promotion and Wellness2
NRSG 380Health Assessment350
Semester Credit Hours14
Semester 2 (Spring)
Course #Course TitleCreditsClinical Hrs
NRSG 315Population Health: Community and Public Health Nursing325
NRSG 320Pharmacology for Nurses3
NRSG 326Acute and Chronic Care3
NRSG 327Clinical Practicum II3150
NRSG 328Pediatric Nursing2
NRSG 371Evidence Based Practice for Nurses2
Semester Credit Hours16
Semester 3 (Fall)
Course #Course TitleCreditsClinical Hrs
NRSG 330Clinical Integration2
NRSG 408Maternity and Reproductive Health Nursing2
NRSG 409Clinical Practicum III3150
NRSG 411Mental Health Nursing2
NRSG 416

Perspectives in Professional Nursing 
A) Global Health; B) Policy & Advocacy; C) Research; D) Leadership, Administration and Management; E) Clinical Nursing Education

2
NRSG XXX

Elective

2
Semester Credit Hours14
Semester 4 (Spring)
Course #Course TitleCreditsClinical Hrs
NRSG 422Palliative Care & Difficult Conversations2
NRSG 425Becoming a Professional Nurse2
NRSG 430Nursing in Complex Care Situations3
NRSG 431Clinical Practicum IV4150
NRSG 432Ambulatory Care350
NRSG XXXElective2
Semester Credit Hours16
Total Credit Hours60
Total Clinical Hours700

The prerequisites for the BSN program include 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of college course credit. Students may submit an application for admission with the courses in progress, but all prerequisites must be completed successfully by the time you plan on beginning the nursing program.

Course planning will depend on your AP/IB credits, or what you are prepared to take in the first year or second year. Students typically begin with Chem 150. Depending on your plans, you may already have course credit for Chem 150, or plan to take this course later. Courses offered by the School of Nursing to Emory College students are typically taken in the second year to allow time to gain experience in other prerequisites in the College.

Required Prerequisites 

CHEM 150 Structure and Properties with lab 

BIOL 141 Foundations of Modern Biology I with lab

MATH 107 Intro to Probability and Statistics OR QTM 100 Intro to Stat Inference

NRSG 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (+)

NRSG 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (+)

NRSG 200 Human Growth and Development (+)

Additional coursework totaling 60 credit hours*

*PACE, PE, and HLTH 100 will not be counted towards your over 60 credit hours.

Suggested Prerequisites 

BIOL 370 Microbiology with Lab

HLTH 220 or 221 Nutrition

Suggested electives:

HLTH 210 (Predictive Health and Society)

HLTH 385-002 (Contemporary Nutrition)

HLTH 410 (Predictive Health Challenges:  Integrative Health)

Any non-Physical Education course

**Please email nursingquestions@emory.edu for information regarding obtaining permission numbers. 

Oxford
The prerequisites for the BSN program include 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of college course credit. You may submit an application for admission with the courses in progress, but all prerequisites must be complete with a grade of C or higher by the time you plan on beginning the nursing program. Please review the prerequisites below:

Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning (MQR) – 4 hours
• MATH 117 or MATH 111 or QTM 100


Science / Nature / Technology (SNT) - 16 hours*
• BIOL 121 (with laboratory)
• BIOL 122 (with laboratory)
• BIOL 141 or BIOL 120 or BIOL 155 (with laboratory)
• CHEM 150 (with laboratory)
*All courses taken in this category must have a laboratory component

Social Sciences (HSC) - 4 hours
• PSYC 205

Electives – to reach 60 semester hours (required for nursing admission) or 64 semester hours (required for graduation from Oxford College). Total number of academic credit hours (60 or 64) does NOT include PED hours. Can include any combination of these courses for a total of 20-24 credit hours:
• Any SNT courses
• Any HIST, ECON, or POLS courses
• Any HAP or HAL courses

**Prerequisite for BIOL 122 is BIOL 121 (BIOL 141 will no longer be accepted as a prerequisite for BIOL 122 as of Fall 2017)
***All courses are subject to review by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs.
***Up to 12 hours of AP, IB, and/or CLEP credit can be used for the prerequisites.

To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:

  • Application for Admission
  • The $75 application is waived for current Emory and Oxford students
  • Official transcripts from institutions outside of Emory University

Please review the Prerequisites tab to review prerequisite course requirements. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher by the start date of the BSN program.

Emory and Oxford students must obtain a GPA of 3.0 cumulative and 2.8 science/math to receive automatic entry into the BSN program. Students whose GPA is less than a 3.0 cumulative and 2.8 science/math will be required to have an extensive review of preparation by the Admission Committee and will not be guaranteed admission. Additional documents, such as resume and letters of recommendation, may be requested for further review.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for 2018. Admission decisions will be based upon candidate competitiveness as well as space availability. Applicants could potentially be placed on a waitlist. Decisions for waitlisted applicants are announced as seats become available, up to the first day of orientation.  Application deadlines can be found here.

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 404.727.7980.

Emory and Oxford students applying to the BSN first degree program will automatically be admitted to the School of Nursing if they meet the following requirements:**

  • Complete the 60-credit hours of prerequisites at Emory or Oxford College
  • Earn a “C” or better in the prerequisite courses - all coursework is subject to review by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs
  • Submit an online application (only the application - no supporting documents are required) by January 15th of the year they wish to begin the nursing program
  • Obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 cumulative and 2.8 science/math**

Emory and Oxford College students who meet these requirements will not need to submit an application fee, a resume, a statement of purpose, or recommendations. Emory and Oxford applicants will need to submit official transcripts from any other college or university they've attended.

Click here to complete the BSN online application.

**Students whose GPA is less than a 3.0 cumulative and 2.8 science/math will be required to have an extensive review of preparation by the Admission Committee and will not be guaranteed admission. Additional documents, such as resume and letters of recommendation, may be requested for further review.

Click here for tuition costs

* Tuition is based on 2018-2019 tuition rates approved by the Board of Trustees. Future academic year tuition rates are subject to change. Tuition is charged per hour up to 12 semester hours.

** Academic fees will vary based upon the semester. This is an average amount per semester.

*** Health insurance is required for all students. You will be billed automatically for the university’s student health insurance plan if you do not provide proof of adequate coverage by another insurer.

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance budget is considered sufficient to support a basic lifestyle for a single student. It does not include expenses for dependents, travel, vacations, or luxury items such as automobiles, household furniture, or appliances. The estimated cost of attendance for 2017-2018 for a full time undergraduate student enrolled for fall and spring semesters is $67,636. This is not the amount you will owe. The cost of attendance is not the amount you will pay for the year. The cost of attendance is the budget used to determine the financial aid amount offered each year and is more than a student's full time tuition and fees to provide assistance for living expenses if needed.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for Fall 2019. Admission decisions will be based upon candidate competitiveness as well as space availability. Applicants could potentially be placed on a waitlist. Decisions for waitlisted applicants are announced as seats become available, up to the first day of orientation. Application deadlines can be found here.

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 404.727.7980.

Please visit the BSN Financial Aid Page, for information about financial aid options.
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Applicants to any of our distance-accessible courses/ programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory is working toward developing a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia and those states identified, should contact their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education for specific rules and regulations pertaining to completion of clinical learning experiences in that state when enrolled in a distance-accessible program.