Master of Nursing (Pre-Licensure Program)

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Program Overview

The Master of Nursing (Pre-licensure program) program is a full-time, campus-based program that allows students to earn a Masters degree in Nursing in 15 months. This program is for students wanting to work as an RN, and is the first step in your nursing education.

Program Details

The MN program applies a masters level approach to the second-degree nursing education. It has a focus in leadership and is a great choice for students wishing to serve in leadership roles within healthcare. Students in the MN program will complete their 15 month generalist program, which allows them to sit for the NCLEX to become a RN, apply to certain MSN specialty programs, apply to post-licensure DNP programs, or apply to CRNA programs.

Only students with bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines are eligible for this program.

*Starting in Fall 2020, the MN program serves as the replacement for the former ABSN on-campus program.


Semester 1CourseCreditsClinical /Simulation Hours
1NRSG XXXPhysiology/Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice3 
2NRSG XXXPharmacology for Nursing Practice3 
3NRSG XXXHealth Assessment and Physical Examination360
4NRSG XXXArt & Science of Nursing Practice3 
5NRSG XXXFoundations of Practice Practicum2120
 Semester Credit Hours 14180
 Semester 2CourseCreditsClinical /Simulation Hours
6NRSG XXXOptimal Wellness Across the Lifespan*2 
7NRSG XXXAdult and Geriatric Nursing4 
8NRSG XXXAdult and Geriatric Practicum1.590
9NRSG XXXMental Health Nursing2.5 
10NRSG XXXMental Health Practicum1.590
11NRSG XXXPalliative Care*2 
12NRSG XXXEvidence Based Practice for the Professional Nurse*3 
 Semester Credit Hours 16.5180
 Semester 3CourseCreditsClinical /Simulation Hours
13NRSG XXXMaternity and Reproductive Health Nursing2.5 
14NRSG XXXMaternity Practicum1.590
15NRSG XXXPediatric Nursing3 
16NRSG XXXPediatric Practicum1.590
17NRSG XXXPublic Health Nursing2 
18NRSG XXXPublic Health Practicum160
19NRSG XXXFoundations Healthcare Quality and Safety*3 
20NRSG XXXData Utilization for Nursing Practice*2 
 Semester Credit Hours 16.5240
 Semester 4CourseCreditsClinical /Simulation Hours
21NRSG XXXNursing in Complex Care Situations3 
22NRSG XXXTransition to Nursing Practice3150
23NRSG XXXPopulation Management and Care Transitions2 
24NRSG XXXCare Transitions Practicum160
25NRSG XXXProfessional Leadership & Policy Integration For Nursing Practice*2 
26NRSG XXXProfessional Nursing: Issues and Trends2 
 Semester Credit Hours 13210
 Program Total 60810

Admission Requirements


To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
  • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (
  • Resume

Please review the Prerequisites tab to review prerequisite course requirements. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher by the start date of the program.

Transcript submission:

* Preferred method: Choose Emory University -School of Nursing in the electronic transcript systems or have your school email your official transcripts to

If your school does not participate in the electronic transcript system or cannot email your transcripts then please have them mail a hard copy to:

Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Emory University
1520 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322


The prerequisites for the MN 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 program Orientation. Please review the list of prerequisites below, effective for all MN applicants:

Physical Sciences
General Chemistry I with lab
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 MN+MSN program start date.

*May complete Human Anatomy + lab and Human Physiology + lab as separate courses.

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.

*Please note that all courses and degrees in the application checklist must be verified by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs before they are marked as received.  Please allow 2-4 weeks after all transcripts are received.


Admission decisions will be based upon candidate competitiveness as well as space availability. Applicants could potentially be placed on a waitlist. Decisions for waitlisted applicants are announced as seats become available, up to the first day of orientation.  Application deadlines can be found here.

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at or call 404.727.7980.

*Please note that all courses and degrees in the application checklist must be verified by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs before they are marked as received.  Please allow 2-4 weeks after all transcripts are received.


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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Emory University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.