BSN Second Degree

Emory School of Nursing BSN student standing outside on campus.

Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 2ndDegree program is designed for applicants who have earned a prior bachelor’s degree in another field.  Our 2nd Degree students come from a wide variety of academic disciplines: science, business, humanities, and more.  This two-year program provides a framework of classroom, laboratory, and clinical work; upon completing the program, students are eligible to be certified as Registered Nurses.

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 healthcare community. Below are some notable facts and figures about Emory University’s School of Nursing:

  • Total students – 491
    • Females – 450
    • Males – 41
    • Minorities – 173
  • Total BSN students – 298
  • Total MSN students – 172
  • Total PhD students – 21
  • Rankings 
    • #21 for Nursing in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools
    • #11 for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools
    • #13 for Nurse-Midwifery in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools
    • #21 for Family Nurse Practitioner in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools
  • Student to Clinical Faculty ratio – 8:1

The prerequisites for the BSN 2nd Degree program include seven courses. 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:

Physical Sciences
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II (with an organic component) or Organic Chemistry
Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab*
Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab*
Microbiology including lab*
     *Starred courses must have been taken no more than seven years prior to beginning the BSN 2nd Degree program.

Math
Introductory Statistics

Social Sciences
Human Growth and Development or Life Span Development*
     *The Human Growth and Development prerequisite must cover human development from conception through death.

 
**All courses are subject to review by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs.

Priority deadline for BSN program is January 15th.

While the fall 2014 priority admission deadline of January 15th has passed, applications are still being accepted for the regular decision deadline of February 17th.   Students who apply by the regular decision deadline can expect to receive admission decisions by March 17th.

Required Application Materials:

1.  A complete School of Nursing undergraduate application. The Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs can acknowledge receipt of other materials once this application has been received.

2.  A $50 application fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to Emory University or the fee can be paid online. This fee is nonrefundable and does not apply toward registration fees. The application fee is only waived for those applicants who are currently enrolled in or employed by Emory University or Emory Healthcare.
        *Applicants using the NCAS application system will pay their application fee directly to NCAS.

3.  Three letters of recommendation, two of which must be academic: one from a science instructor, and another from an instructor in any academic area. The third letter may be academic or a personal/professional letter from anyone other than a family member or friend. Applicants who have been out of school for more than two years may submit one academic recommendation from a science instructor and two personal/professional recommendations from anyone other than a family member or friend. Recommendations from high school instructors will not satisfy the academic recommendations requirement.

4. A statement of purpose addressing 1-2 of the questions outlined below, describing personal and professional reasons for selecting nursing as a career.  The statement of purpose should be a minimum of one page double-spaced and a maximum of two pages double-spaced.  The statement of purpose is an important part of the application process.  The Admission Committee members read it for content, grammar, and spelling.  It should reflect the applicant's own writing ability and interest in nursing.

· What have you done to prepare yourself to be a successful nursing student?
· Describe 3 qualities that will make you a successful nurse.
· As an Emory graduate, what impact do you hope to have on the field of nursing?
· What does social responsibility mean to you?

5.  Resume including work experience, community service, leadership roles, and research opportunities.

6.  Official transcripts from each college or university attended, whether or not a degree was conferred. Transcripts received become the property of the School of Nursing and can neither be given to the applicant nor transferred to another institution. The Office of Admission and Student Services must receive transcripts in a sealed envelope bearing the registrar's official seal. 
        *Transcripts from international institutions must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service.  Transcripts with non-nursing course credit must be evaluated by World Education Services; transcripts with nursing course credit must be evaluated by CGFNS.

7.  Official TOEFL scores - non-US citizens only 

Questions?  Review our FAQs here.

Fall 2014

Category Description

Amount

Tuition Expenses

20,200.00

Fees

374.00

Living Expenses

6,900.00

Books and Supply Expenses

1,765.00

Transportation Expenses

450.00

Term Total

29,689.00

Spring 2015

Category Description

Amount

Tuition Expenses

20,200.00

Fees

304.00

Living Expenses

6,900.00

Books and Supply Expenses

1,765.00

Transportation Expenses

450.00

Term Total

29,619.00

Total Cost of Attendance

59,308.00

The School of Nursing recognizes many students have concerns about funding their nursing education. In order to maximize the financial support that may be available to you, we encourage students to explore all University-level, private, and School of Nursing financial aid options. Click here to learn about the financial aid process and deadlines.

Merit-based and Endowed Scholarships 

All applicants that complete the application by the priority deadline  and are admitted will automatically be considered for merit-based and endowed scholarships.  No additional applications for these awards are necessary (with the exception of the Robert W. Woodruff Clinical Scholarship). 

Robert W. Woodruff Clinical Scholarship

The Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship is awarded to a student who has been accepted to the BSN 2nd Degree or Accelerated BSN/MSN program and who demonstrates strong potential or commitment to improving the quality of health care.  Candidates should have interest in improving health care delivery in areas such as quality and safety, bioethics, health policy, or healthcare economics/finance.  Qualified candidates demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, motivation for the study of nursing, impressive skills in communication, significant leadership and creativity in school or community, and clear potential for enriching the lives of their contemporaries at Emory University.  Candidates must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in previous college-level work. Scholarship applications must be submitted by January 15th.  Finalists will participate in campus interviews.  The scholarship includes a full-tuition award for four semesters of study.

Government Supported Programs

The Emory University School of Nursing participates in several state and federal programs aimed at ensuring qualified students are not denied the pursuit of a nursing career due to the lack of financial resources. Below is more information on these programs.

Veteran's Benefits

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University has been a participant in the program since the 2010-2011 academic year.  The School of Nursing will provide a maximum of four (4) $7,500 scholarships for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and four (4)$7,500 scholarships for the Master of Science in Nursing program.  All scholarships will be awarded based on a first come first served basis (describedhere).  These awards will be matched by the Veterans Administration based upon the most recent guidelines as found on the Department of Veterans Affairs website.   All Yellow Ribbon awards are based on Post 9/11 Veterans eligibility requirementsestablished by the Veterans Administration and are not need-based.  For more details go to the Registrar's Website.

Georgia Student Finance Commission

Please visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission’s website for information about financial aid available to Georgia residents.

Health Resources & Science Administration (HRSA)

For additional sources of financial aid available to health professions students and practitioners, visit the HRSA website.