Emory Forward

School of Nursing building

Nursing School Information

Updated August 17, 2020

The administration, faculty, and staff of the Nell Hodgson School of Nursing are committed to answering questions you may have regarding Emory Forward -- the university's return to campus for Fall 2020. This page will be updated regularly with common questions and those posed by users. Thank you for your patience.

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Key Contacts


Are students required to be tested for COVID-19? 

Emory University will be implementing testing protocols as follows:

Undergraduate and graduate students:

  • COVID-19 testing will be required for those students in categories outlined above before they can return to campus.
  • Students will receive an email with details, including how to schedule their on-campus testing to align as close as possible with their return to campus arrival date.
  • Peachtree Immediate Care will conduct rapid antigen testing on anterior nasal samples (using Quidel’s Sofia 2 technology).
  • Results will be processed on-site and generally take 20-30 minutes.
  • Students will also be tested if they become symptomatic or are determined to be a close contact of a COVID-19 positive individual. By returning to the on-campus Emory community, students are agreeing to cooperate with case investigators and tracers.

What should I do as a student if I become ill?

Please access the Student Health Patient Portal, message the “COVID Assessment Provider,” and notify Student Health Services. If you are having chest pain, serious difficulty breathing or any other type of medical emergency, call 911. For students who are symptomatic, please inform your professors if your illness will impact your studies.

What should I do as a faculty or staff member and become ill?

Go home immediately, contact your health provider, and do not return to work. If you are ill and unable to work, contact your supervisor, program director, department chairperson, or dean’s office. So that we may understand critical workforce needs, it is very important for you to indicate your use of sick leave in the Exempt Leave Tracking or Time and Attendance System. After illness, the Office of Injury Management (OIM) can help assess an employee’s readiness to return to work.

What should I do if I think I've been exposed to COVID-19?

To someone with COVID-19, call the Emory Healthcare hotline: 404-71-COVID (404-712-6843), where you can be connected with a nurse for guidance. If you are asymptomatic, you may be able to continue to work and should self-monitor for symptoms. 

Everyone can do their part to keep themselves and their friends and families safe by practicing social distancing both inside and outside. Social distancing is defined as remaining out of group settings, avoiding gatherings, and maintaining a 6 feet distance from others when possible per the CDC guidelines.

Emory takes the health of our faculty, students, and staff very seriously and we are doing everything within our power to keep our community safe. Please continue to go to the university’s COVID-19 website for the latest updates and resources.


What is required for entering the nursing school during the summer? 

Faculty and staff on campus this summer must use their Emory Card to access the building. Visitors are strictly prohibited. In order to return to campus, you are required to:

  • Review and acknowledge an understanding of the expectations and guidelines
  • Complete necessary training that gives guidance about physical distancing, face-covering and other PPE, hygiene, self-monitoring for symptoms, and other important health and safety aspects
  • Complete a confidential health screening questionnaire that asks about exposure to COVID-19, contact with persons who have tested positive, travel, and symptoms
  • Ensure your mobile phone number is up to date in the Emergency Notification System in PeopleSoft Self Service. If you have not enrolled in the Emergency Notification System, you will be required to do so. This is a key part of the contact tracing process.
  • Provide a list of “close contacts” through a PeopleSoft Self Service module. This also is a key part of the contact tracing process.

You will receive a separate email notification with instructions on to complete these steps. 

What precautions will be taken to ensure safety in the fall?

COVID-19 testing will be mandatory for all students living in residence halls, along with those taking in-person classes, upon or shortly before returning to campus, and will be available at any time during the semester for those who are symptomatic and for their close contacts. Faculty and staff will have access to testing on demand.

Testing of symptomatic people, as well as those in close contact with people diagnosed with COVID-19, is currently underway on campus and will continue in the fall. Testing, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, and other measures will be implemented to limit transmission of COVID-19 in our community. 

All members of the Emory community who come to campus will be required to self-monitor on a daily basis for signs of COVID-19. Trained university staff will conduct random temperature checks across campus each day. Those with fevers will be required to have a clinical evaluation and to be tested, as appropriate.

Inside the nursing school, steps have been taken to ensure proper physical distancing. People in the building are required to wear masks. The building will be cleaned more frequently and sanitization stations have been placed throughout. 


What is the status of pinning and award ceremonies?

Events for the fall are being discussed. However, given the current visitor policy put forth by the university, it is likely all special events (i.e. awards ceremonies, pinning, etc.) will be in a virtual format. 


Do faculty/staff need to use VPN to access Emory online resources?

The Nursing School faculty and staff need to use VPN when working on these resources:

  • Emory Library resources
  • SON “Q”, “S” and “T” drives
  • Research drive space from other units at Emory

Most web-based Emory resources do not need:

Duo two-factor authentication system is used for these Emory resources when working remotely:

  • Office 365- email.emory.edu
  • Zoom
  • VPN – Big IP Client
  • Peoplesoft/HR
  • OPUS
  • Emory Healthcare VDT

Support requests from for Nursing can be sent to SON-HELP@listserv.cc.emory.edu. Password resets or questions about VPN or Duo should be directed to LITS main support line at 404-727-7777 or online.

What if I don't have Internet access away from campus?

Many service providers (i.e. AT&T, Xfinity) are offering discounted access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some mobile providers (i.e. Verizon, Sprint) are also offering hotspot access at discounted rates during this time.


Can students sign up for tuition insurance?

Yes, tuition insurance is available through a third-party vendor for students in the event that they may need to withdraw due to illness. All students are eligible to sign up for tuition insurance. Click here for more information. 

I'm on a payment plan and concerned about making payments or how my payments may change.

We encourage everyone to be proactive and reach out to the billing office. Individual representatives are assigned by last name.

OrderNameContact info
Students A-FeMary Kriest404-712-8726
Students Ff-:eBernice Kelley404-727-7230
Students Lf-RzCindy Brock404-727-1195
Students Sa-ZzJemonte Collins404-727-6122

What if I have a hardship that requires financial support?

Emory has setup the Emory Together Fund. The application can be found here.

Will tuition change for Fall 2020? 

In recognition of the financial stress on students, Emory will be holding undergraduate tuition at 2019-2020 rates for the coming year. Previously approved tuition rates for graduate and professional programs will remain in place for 2020-21. In addition, families can request to have their financial aid reassessed if they have experienced changes in economic status since filing their FAFSA. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Office of Financial Aid


What CAPS services are available during COVID-19?

CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) remains open and has fully transitioned to offering telehealth clinical services via HIPAA compliant Zoom for Emory enrolled students. Students can call CAPS at 404-727-7450, Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00, to speak with a counselor on-call or to talk with a member of our triage team who can assess needs and help with next steps. Students who have already connected with a CAPS counselor this year can reach out to them directly.

Can students receive telehealth services from CAPS if they are residing in another state?

It depends. Under normal circumstances, this is not allowable due to professional ethical guidelines and the laws and regulations pertaining to practicing in states where one is not licensed. However, during COVID-19, there are a growing number of exceptions by state licensing boards, which may allow CAPS staff to provide limited therapy services to students in other states. We are happy to talk with students to clarify the services available to them, help them sort out their concerns, provide continuity-of-care consultations, and help them connect with their local resources if needed.

How do students find a therapist in their community at home?

To find a local therapist in other states, students can check with their insurance company for recommendations, check out the Thriving Campus website https://emory.thrivingcampus.com/, which allows students to search by location across the country, or visit the Psychology Today website https://www.psychologytoday.com/us under the “find a therapist” tab. Students with the Emory student insurance should contact CAPS or Student Health Services to have an insurance referral activated, which must be renewed every August.

What other resources is CAPS offering?

CAPS is offering online workshops focused on skill building and support: (1) Managing Stress & Anxiety during COVID-19; (2) Social Distancing ≠ Social Isolation; and (3) Prepare for Procrastination. CAPS is also offering online discussion and support drop-in sessions for international students. Additional information about these events can be found at bit.ly/emorycaps. Additional local and national online support resources are on the CAPS website.

What should I do in case of an emergency?

Call the Emory Police Department at 404-727-6111 from on campus, or 911 from off-campus. Additional crisis resources include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255); Georgia Crisis & Access Line (1-800-715-4225); and the National Crisis Text Line (Text “Home” – or “Steve” to connect with a person of color -- to 741741). Additional crisis resources are on the CAPS website.


 Will prerequisites to enter the nursing school change due to COVID-19 and instruction changes for Fall 2020?

No. All prerequisites will remain in place.

Are there changes to testing requirements when applying for admission?

Tests will be optional for the Fall 2021 application cycle. 


What do I need to know about the Fall 2020 academic calendar?

With faculty, student and staff health and safety as necessary considerations, the academic calendar was modified so that undergraduate classes will begin no later than August 19 and conclude by Thanksgiving, with the final evaluation period conducted remotely. The traditional schedule will be further modified by holding classes on Labor Day and eliminating fall break. Graduate programs may amend this schedule slightly to meet curricular needs. Program leadership should have contacted all students with detailed information and schedules. 

What classes will be online and/or in-person? 

While our plans align with the university, some details will look a little different. Clinicals, simulations, and labs will be in person for the fall semester. Students should plan to be in Atlanta for face-to-face instruction. We also anticipate placing students in face-to-face clinical rotations. As previously communicated, classes with didactic instruction will be delivered remotely.

What are key dates for my program at the nursing school?

The following details key dates for programs. Updates for all programs will be available as soon as possible.

ProgramReturning Student Start DateNew Student Start DateOrientation DateNotes (TBD)
BSNAugust 19, 2020August 19, 2020August 17-18, 2020
ABSNAugust 19, 2020August 19, 2020August 17-18, 2020
D-ABSNAugust 17, 2020August 17, 2020July 29, 2020Orientations are synchronous, remote. Students will be on campus Nov. 29, 2020.
MNAugust 19, 2020August 19, 2020August 17-18, 2020
AMSNAugust 19, 2020n/an/a
MSNAugust 26, 2020August 26, 2020August 24, 2020
DNPAugust 26, 2020August 19, 2020August 25, 2020
CRNAAugust 19, 2020August 25, 2020August 24, 2020
PhDAugust 19, 2020August 19, 2020August 12-14, 2020

Are prerequisites being waived or modified due to COVID-19 and remote learning? 

All GER requirements must still be met.

I am an international student and unsure how these changes will impact my learning status?

We recommend contacting International Student and Scholar Services (isss@emory.edu) and your academic advisor in the school to discuss your situation. These are unique times with many unique circumstances and we want to provide specialized attention.


Clinical and Simulation

Will simulation and skills check-off occur?

Individual programs will inform you of the schedule. However, it is important to note more time will be required to perform tasks due to the limitation in group size (maintaining physical distancing). This will require the labs operate for extended hours during the week and likely on Saturday. Be prepared for any of those times. 

I am concerned about educational quality given online courses and clinical options. What are plans to address this?

The majority of clinicals, simulations, and labs will be in person for the fall semester. Students should plan to be in Atlanta for the fall semester. We also anticipate placing students in face-to-face clinical rotations. As previously communicated, classes with didactic instruction will be delivered remotely. Pre-licensure students who cannot return to Atlanta for clinical and simulation should notify their program directors. An individualized plan of study will be created, and may result in a delay in the graduation. Please note that the DABSN schedule remains unchanged.

What is the status of in-person clinical experiences for Fall 2020?

The school is planning (and working diligiently) for in-person clinical and simulation/lab activities in Fall 2020. We will follow safety guidelines put forth by the Woodruff Health Science Center in regards to personal protection equipment and interaction with COVID-19 patients.

The school works with many partners to secure clinical placements. Requests have been made for units and rotations for pre-licensure students. Those requests are followed up on multiple times a week. However, it is up to those partners whether to limit or cancel clinical experiences. That information changes by the day.

We face similar challenges in placing graduate students in local health systems and clinics. The number of these opportunities also vary widely due to patient volume and shifts to other forms of deliver, i.e. Telehealth.

We will continue to update this process as we are able.


Will I need to be tested for COVID-19 in order to return to campus?

  • Employees who are symptomatic should call the COVID-19 hotline for evaluation and instructions about testing.
  • By returning to the on-campus Emory community, faculty and staff are agreeing to cooperate with case investigators and tracers.

What resources are available for transitioning course content from in-person delivery to remote delivery?

NHWSN’s Instructional Design team has worked to create a very helpful Remote Teaching and Learning SharePoint website. The site contains a number of helpful articles, best practices, and other resources to assist you in moving forward with remote content delivery.

NHWSN is also working to transition some staff responsibilities to support our Course Coordinators in remote delivery (monitoring Zoom comments, assisting with Zoom hosting, ProctorU assistance, etc.) Additional information on this will be released soon.

In addition, there are a number of additional resources within the NHWSN and Emory University:


Where can I submit a question regarding Fall 2020 to be answered? 

You can submit your question and contact information via this form.

I am a student. How would l file a complaint related to my experience? 

The anonymous student complaint form is active and taking submissions.

I am a faculty or staff member. How do I submit general feedback, questions and/or concerns?

Faculty and staff can always take advantage of the feedback form. All entries are anonymous.