Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is committed to producing graduates who embrace the nursing discipline and the privilege of serving others. Our graduates develop innovative roles, become leaders in advancing nursing, and serve as exemplary role models for excellence in nursing practice throughout the world.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is consistent with the Emory University philosophy that students be broadly educated. The BSN program extends through four academic years and occurs in two parts:
Part One: Prerequisites
The first two years of general education prerequisites are taken at Emory College, Oxford College, or any accredited college or university. 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.
The School of Nursing selects applicants who have the greatest potential for success in the BSN program. We accept applications beginning in September; the priority application deadline is January 15th. Applications completed after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
Part Two: Nursing
In the remaining two years of college, you’ll learn the practice of nursing in clinical and classroom settings within Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. The nursing program is designed to be completed in four semesters of full-time enrollment (fall, spring, fall, spring).
Graduates of the BSN program are eligible to take the NCLEX examination to become a Registered Nurse in any US state. BSN graduates can work in a number of different practice areas, including intensive care, pediatrics, adult acute care, and many others.
Required prerequisites for Bachelor of Science in Nursing applicants:
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II (with an organic component) or Organic Chemistry
Human Anatomy & Physiology I (including lab)*
Human Anatomy & Physiology II (including lab)*
Microbiology (including lab)*
*Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology, and their respective labs must have been taken within seven years of beginning the nursing program.
Humanities electives are considered to be English, Literature, History, Foreign Language, Religion, Communication, or Philosophy.
Human Growth and Development or Life Span Development
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology
Any History, Economics, or Political Science elective
Additional courses to reach 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of course credit.
Prerequisite credit cannot be awarded for pathophysiology, pharmacology, nursing, physical education, or applied art, music, or theatre courses; those courses will not be counted toward the required 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of college credit. All courses are subject to review by the Office of Admission and Student Services.