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 Title

Credits

Clinical Hrs

NRSG 309

Social Responsibility & Bioethics in Nursing

2

25

NRSG 310

Pathophysiology for Nurses

3

NRSG 312

Foundations of Nursing Practice

2

NRSG 314

Clinical Practicum I

2

100

NRSG 322

Health Promotion and Wellness

2

NRSG 380

Health Assessment

3

50

Semester Credit Hours

14

175

Semester 2 (Spring)

Course #

Course Title

Credits

Clinical Hrs

NRSG 315

Population Health: Community and Public Health Nursing

3

50

NRSG 320

Pharmacology for Nurses

3

NRSG 326

Acute and Chronic Care

3

NRSG 327

Clinical Practicum II

3

150

NRSG 328

Pediatric Nursing

2

NRSG 371

Evidence Based Practice for Nurses

2

Semester Credit Hours

16

200

Semester 3 (Fall)

Course #

Course Title

Credits

Clinical Hrs

NRSG 330

Clinical Integration

2

NRSG 408

Maternity and Reproductive Health Nursing

2

NRSG 409

Clinical Practicum III

3

150

NRSG 411

Mental Health Nursing

2

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 Hours

14

150

Semester 4 (Spring)

Course #

Course Title

Credits

Clinical Hrs

NRSG 422

Palliative Care & Difficult Conversations

2

NRSG 425

Becoming a Professional Nurse

2

NRSG 430

Nursing in Complex Care Situations

3

NRSG 431

Clinical Practicum IV

4

150

NRSG 432

Ambulatory Care

3

50

NRSG XXX

Elective

2

Semester Credit Hours

16

200

Total Credit Hours

60

Total Clinical Hours

700

 

* Curriculum, credit hours, and sequencing are subject to change.

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. The list below contains all prerequisite and general education requirements that must be satisfied to graduate with a BSN. 

Course Name                                                                     Course Number

SCIENCES

Chemistry with lab                                                              CHEM 150

Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab                        NRSG 201

Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab                       NRSG 202

Microbiology with lab                                                          NRSG 205

Clinical Nutrition                                                                 NRSG 207

MATH

Intro to Stat Inference                                                        QTM 100

HUMANITIES

Expository Writing                                                             ENG 101

Any two humanities courses with one being a Humanities, Arts, Performance (HAP) course

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Human Growth and Development                                   NRSG 200

Any additional social science course- PSY 101 highly recommended

GENERAL ELECTIVES

Additional courses to meet 60 credit hours excluding pathophysiology, pharmacology, technical, physical education, or applied art, music, or theater courses. 

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

 

In addition to the prerequisite courses listed below, Oxford College students intending to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Freshman Option program must complete all requirements for the Associate of Arts degree as follows: minimum residency; a minimum of 66 semester hours of credit: 64 hours in academic courses plus two physical education hours; a grade point average of at least 2.0 for all work attempted for a letter grade; fulfillment of the General Education Program; and satisfaction of all financial obligations to Oxford College and Emory University.  

Oxford College students may not continue to the BSN Freshman Option program at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing until all degree requirements have been met and the Associate of Arts degree conferred. 

Students may submit an application for admission with courses in progress, but all prerequisites must be complete with a grade of C or higher before beginning the nursing program. Please review the prerequisites below:

  1. MATH 117 Probability & Stats or QTM 100 Statistical Inference
  2. BIOL 121 Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
  3. BIOL 122 Anatomy & Physiology II with lab
  4. NRSG 205 Microbiology with lab*  
  5. CHEM 150 Structure & Properties & CHEM 150L Lab
  6. PSYC 205 Child Development
  7. ANT 332 Culture & Nutrition* 

*NRSG 205 Microbiology and ANTH 332 Culture & Nutrition are highly encouraged for Oxford students graduating in Fall 19, Spring 20, Fall 20, and Spring 21 for certification. For students entering Oxford in Fall '20 and beyond, NRSG 205 Microbiology and ANTH 332 Culture & Nutrition are required as nursing prerequisites.

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

  • Application for Admission
  • The $50 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.

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* 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.
Thank you for your interest in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Please complete this form to receive updates about Emory's admissions process and academic programs.

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.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Emory University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.