High School Students


The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing offers an unparalleled 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 Nursing, 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.


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Admission Requirements

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. The list below contains all prerequisite and general education requirements (GERs) that must be satisfied to graduate with a BSN.

Course Name                                                                                   Course Number


Chemistry with lab                                                             CHEM 150

Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab                      NRSG 201

Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab                     NRSG 202

Microbiology with lab                                                         NRSG 205

Clinical Nutrition                                                                 NRSG 207


Intro to Stat Inference                                                         QTM 100


Expository Writing (FWRT)                                                 ENG 101


Either 2 additional (HAP) courses OR 1 (HAP) course and 1 (HAL) course


Human Growth and Development                                   NRSG 200

Any additional social science course- PSYC 111 highly recommended

Graduation Requirements

ECS 101 and First Year Writing Seminar (FYSM) must be completed in your freshman year.


Additional courses to meet 60 credit hours excluding pathophysiology, pharmacology, technical, or applied art, music, or theater courses.

**Please email nrsgpermissioninquiries@emory.edu for information regarding obtaining permission numbers.


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

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About the School of Nursing

Our Mission
Educate visionary nurse leaders and scholars
Generate and apply knowledge
Transform nursing, health, and systems of health care within the local and global community
our Vision
To promote optimal health and wellness for all by creating, changing, and leading through innovative teaching, discovery, nursing practice, and social action in our local and global communities.
Our Values
To promote optimal health and wellness for all by creating, changing, and leading through innovative teaching, discovery, nursing practice, and social action in our local and global communities.
We believe the only way forward is to share what we know and work together, across communities, perspectives, and cultures.
Social Responsibility
We treat all with respect and dignity and actively engage with others to positively influence health and social justice for all humans.
We use our knowledge and rigor to create the world’s newest and most exciting approaches to health education and health care.
We stand as an example, shaping nursing, health care, and our school through vision, courage, and optimism.

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