BSN Programs

Emory School of Nursing BSN student standing outside on campus.

Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) provides students with a solid foundation for those beginning a career as a Registered Nurse or continuing their nursing education with a graduate degree.  This program is designed for students who wish to pursue the BSN as their first bachelor’s degree.

The first part of the BSN is completing the required prerequisites.  Many of our students choose to complete the prerequisites at Oxford College or Emory College for a cohesive, four-year degree program.  Applicants to the School of Nursing also have the option of completing their prerequisites at any accredited college or university.

In the last two years of college, you’ll learn the practice of nursing in clinical, laboratory, and classroom settings. BSN graduates typically go on to work in a variety of practice areas, including intensive care, pediatrics, family practice, and many others.

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 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:

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 with lab*
    *Starred courses must have been taken no more than seven years prior to beginning the BSN program.


Math
Introductory Statistics

Humanities
English composition
(3) Humanities electives*
     *This category includes courses that reflect on human experience and the human condition; courses that reflect on the texts or artistic forms: courses in performance of art, dance, music and theatre; and related interdisciplinary courses.  It is important that at least one course selected by students do not focus on skills, techniques and procedures specific to that student’s occupation or profession.


Social Sciences
Human Growth and Development or Life Span Development*
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology
Any History, Economics, or Political Science elective
     *The Human Growth and Development prerequisite must cover human development from conception through death.

General Electives
Additional courses to reach 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours*
     *Prerequisite credit cannot be given for nursing, pathophysiology, pharmacology, technical, learning support, or physical education courses. 
 
**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 physical 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 Enrollment and Student Affairs 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.

Emory Advantage Program
All traditional BSN applicants should review the Emory Advantage program to determine if they are eligible.  Program information can be found at the link below.

Emory Advantage Program

Merit-based and Endowed Scholarships
All applicants that apply by the priority deadline for admission and are admitted will automatically be considered for merit-based and endowed scholarships.  No additional applications for these awards are necessary.