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Start Your BSN after High School

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing offers an unparralleled four-year undergraduate nursing experience. Students admitted to Emory University as freshmen benefit from a nationally-ranked institution steeped in tradition. Our four-year experience provides a liberal arts focus, a tight-knit community, and access to internationally-recognized health systems.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) gives students 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 Admission Process to Emory College or Oxford College

High school students must first apply for freshman admission through Emory University's Office of Undergraduate Admission. We encourage you to get a jumpstart on researching the admission process at Emory University.

You Have Two Choices at Emory

As we hope you've found over the course of your college search, collegiate success is largely grounded in fit. Where you feel supported, challenged, and empowered is where you will do your best learning. Our firm belief in this ideal is why we offer undergraduate applicants the choice between two different undergraduate experiences at two distinct campuses: Emory College, in Atlanta, GA, and Oxford College in Oxford, GA.

Emory College is a true fit for a student who values academic independence and the resources of one of the largest cities in the country. A student's academics and life outside of class are enhanced by hands-on industry access and internship opportunities.

Oxford College is ideal for a student who seeks an intimate campus and early opportunities for leadership. Oxford students benefit from smaller classes, personal interaction between students and professors, and extensive opportunities to get involved, all of which lay the foundation for the specialized work they do when they continue as juniors at Emory's Atlanta campus.

Second, the Prerequisites

After being accepted to Emory College or Oxford College, students complete the first two years of general education.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 of the junior year.

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

Third, the Nursing Education

In the remaining two years at Emory's School of Nurisng, 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 practices in health care and beyond.

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 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 141. Depending on your plans, you may already have course credit for Chem 141, 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 prerequesites in the College.

For Emory College students planning on beginning the nursing program Fall 2016, please follow the new prerequisite guide found here.

Please review the required prerequisites below, effective for fall 2016 applicants:

Required Prerequisites 

  • CHEM 141 General Chemistry I 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

Suggested Prerequisites 

  • BIOL 370 Microbiology with Lab
  • HLTH 220 or 221 Nutrition

Suggested electives

  • HLTH 100 (It’s Your Health) – required for all freshman
  • 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.

All high school students must apply to the program through the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Student Enrollment

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has a long-standing history of educating women and men to be leaders on the forefront of the health care community. 

  • Total students: 794
    • Females: 718 (90%)
    • Males: 76 (10%)
    • Minorities: 293 (37%)
    • Total BSN students: 443
    • Total MSN students: 269
    • Total DNP students: 52
    • Total PhD students: 30

Post Graduation Placement Information

2015-2016 BSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 73 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 88 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $53,000.

2015-2016 MSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 52 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 87 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $96,000.

Academic Distinctions

  • Ranked No. 4 in the nation for graduate nursing education by US News & World Report 
  • Leader in service learning and global health 
  • Internationally recognized faculty researchers 
  • 37 faculty members are American Academy of Nursing Fellows
  • 8 faculty members are Amercian Association of Nurse Practitioner Fellows 
  • Students work in 500+ diverse clinical sites nationwide 
  • Located in Atlanta, a leading health care center in the US
Please visit the BSN Financial Aid Page, for information about financial aid options.
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