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Post BSN DNP / Post MN DNP

On behalf of Dean Linda McCauley, faculty, and staff of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, I am excited to welcome you to the DNP Program webpage. Thank you for considering Emory in your educational journey!

I am Shawana S. Moore, Director of the DNP Program. I lead this program using a student-centered approach and genuinely enjoy engaging with students to support their growth and development as leaders within the profession of nursing.

The Emory School of Nursing's DNP program is recognized as a national leader. The program is facilitated by national leaders and experts within the profession of nursing. We have numerous distinguished clinical and community partners that will support your learning experience at Emory. After graduation, our students lead health and healthcare improvements within specific contexts such as health systems, public-private ventures, non-profit organizations, communities, public health, and policy. Some go on the lead entrepreneurial and innovation initiatives. Most importantly, our alumni are innovative, forward-thinking change agents in the various healthcare sectors who provide sustainable solutions to complex challenges.  

Shawana S. Moore, PhD,DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, PNAP, FAAN 
DNP Program Director


Become the clinical nurse leader you were meant to be. Our Post-BSN DNP Program prepares nurses for transforming clinical leadership to help you impact patient outcomes and improve health care delivery systems. Recognized as one of the nation’s leading nursing schools and DNP Programs, our Post-BSN DNP program delivers a world-class education that will help you stay on the forefront of the ever-changing health care landscape. This program prepares students through dynamic clinical rotations. Students engage 1:1 with their faculty who are personally invested in advancing your clinical skills, leadership development, and future success.

Benefits of an Emory Post-BSN DNP
  • Engage in clinical learning in the nation’s top health care systems.
  • Gain leadership skills that can be applied immediately.
  • Network with faculty and peers online with intensives.
  • Earn your DNP in 2.5 years.
  • Learn from our nationally renowned faculty.
  • Join a community of more than 12,000 nursing alumni worldwide.
Specialty Options

The Post-BSN DNP program is available to students interested in the following specialty tracks:

  • Adult-Gerontology: Acute Care NP
  • Adult Gerontology: Primary Care NP
  • Family/Emergency NP
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric Acute Care NP
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP
  • Psychiatric Mental Health NP
  • Women’s Health-Gender Related NP
DNP Handbook

Click here to download a copy of the DNP handbook.

Program Staff

Shawana S. Moore, DNP, MSN, CRNP, WHNP-BC
DNP Program Director

Aurora Bridges
DNP Program Administrator

Financial Aid

More than 92 percent of the students in the School of Nursing receive some type of financial assistance.

Clinical Placements

Our students train in numerous clinical sites in Atlanta and across the U.S.

Global Opportunities

At NHWSN, we are preparing nurses to become globally engaged citizens.



The coursework is the heart of our program. You'll get top-level instruction from the nation's best instructors and researchers. You can learn more about the curriculum below. Please note curriculum, credit hours, and sequencing are subject to change.

Online with Intensives FT PT
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP * X X
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP X X
Family NP X X
Family-Emergency NP ** X X
Pediatric Acute Care NP * X X
Pediatric Primary Care NP X X
Psychiatric Mental Health NP X X
Women’s Health Gender Related NP X X
*Requires at least one year of professional nursing experience as an RN in an acute/critical care setting.
** Requires at least one year, preferably two years, of professional nursing experience as an RN in an Emergency Department
In Person On Campus FT PT
Nurse Anesthesia DNP X

Please note that the part-time Emergency Nurse Practitioner option is only available to our Nell Fellows

Admission Requirements

Emory University is seeking highly qualified and developing nurse leaders for its Post BSN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program/Post MN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

Admission Requirements

  • Master's Degree or BSN from an accredited College or University
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state(s) in which you will be completing your clinical training/project
  • If applying for ENP, AGAC-NP, NNP, OR PNP-AC, you must have 1-2 years of documented clinical experience

Admission Requirements:

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
  • Curricula Vitae or resume
  • A personal statement describing why you want to be a student in the Emory DNP program along with a brief statement of your project interests for practice, process, or systems-based health and healthcare improvement (500 words)
  • 2-3 Professional references (preference for at least one to be a nursing supervisor)
  • Students with international nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools ( for previous nursing coursework.
  • Students with international transcripts for non-nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from World Education Services ( for previous non-nursing coursework.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores are required if English is a second language. Read Emory University's accepted tests policy here.

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

*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. 


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.

View application deadlines

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.

State Accessibility

The Post BSN DNP/Post MN DNP program is an online program with intensives located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Applicants to any of our online programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing online programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory has a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia should contact the NHWSN Admissions Office for specific rules and regulations pertaining to completion of clinical learning experiences in that state when enrolled in an online program.


Application Questions

When will I receive my admission decision?

Admission decision release dates can be found here.

I want to make sure my application is complete. How can I check that?

Your Application Status Portal Page is the most up-to-date reflection of your application status. Any application materials that our office is still missing will show up in your “Application Checklist” at the bottom of the page. If an application item is still listed as “Awaiting Material” in your checklist, we have not received that item or it is still being processed.

Please keep in mind that if you submit application materials within one week of the priority deadline, it may take up to one month for those materials to be processed and added to your account. If you submit materials in this time frame, we ask that you look to your Status Portal Page to see when those materials have been processed. We encourage all applicants to submit the online application and other required application materials early, as this helps ensure that your application is complete by the priority deadline.

How do I submit my application?

You will need to click the “Submit” button to submit your application. If the “Submit” button is greyed out and you are unable to click on it, you still need to complete one or more required items on the application.

How do I pay my application fee?

Once you have submitted your application, you will be able to pay your application fee within your Application Status Portal Page.

How long should my resume be and what information should I include?

Your resume should be one to three pages in length, and it should include your education, employment, leadership roles, any community services you've completed, any certifications you have earned, any specialized skills you may have, and any other relevant information.

How do I submit my statement of purpose and resume?

Resumes can be uploaded to the application portal upon submission of the application for admission. The optional statement of purpose will also appear on the application portal following submission of the application.

How do I submit my recommendations?

Recommendations are not required for students applying to the pre-licensure programs. Contact information for three recommenders is required of students applying to the MSN, DNP or CRNA programs.  The School of Nursing will reach out individually to those individuals directly.

Are test scores a required part of the application for admission?

Effective for the 2021 application cycle, applicants are no longer required to submit standardized test scores for the Distance ABSN, MN, MN+MSN, MSN, DNP or CRNA applications. BSN Transfer students will still be required to submit standardized test scores.

Can I submit my transcripts electronically?

The School of Nursing does accept electronic transcripts from the following services:

  • Docufide
  • ScriptSafe
  • GA411
  • E-Script
  • Parchment

All electronic transcripts need to be sent to You will need to follow up to make sure that any transcript sent electronically was received by our office.

I have international transcripts; how do I submit those?

If you attended a college or university outside of the United States, you will need to have that transcript evaluated. All international transcripts with non-nursing coursework will need to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES), and all international transcripts with nursing coursework will need to be evaluated by CGFNS International. Those transcripts will be considered received when our office receives an official transcript evaluation from WES or CGFNS. We cannot accept transcript evaluations from any other transcript evaluation services.

If your international coursework was completed as a part of a study abroad program coordinated through your school in the US, you may not need to have that transcript evaluated. Please contact your Admission Advisor with questions about study abroad transcripts.

How do I submit my official transcripts?

To complete your application, you will need to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you've attended. If you attended a college while still enrolled in high school, that official transcript is required as part of your application. If you attended a college or university and withdrew from all of your courses, that official transcript is still required to complete your application. Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Emory University School of Nursing
Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs
1520 Clifton Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30322

Transcripts sent electronically should be emailed to

As is true of all application materials, official transcripts sent to Emory College rather than the School of Nursing will not be forwarded to the School of Nursing. Transcripts sent to the incorrect address will need to be resent to the correct address.

I forgot my username and/or password for my application. What do I do?

If at any point you forget your password or user ID, do not create a second account/application. Once you've created an account, your user ID and password for the application will be emailed to you. Remember that the user ID and password are both case and space sensitive. For this reason, we recommend that you do not copy and paste either the user ID or password. If you have correctly typed both the user ID and password and are still unable to log into your application, please call our office for additional assistance. Information entered on separate applications cannot be combined or transferred to a second application.

How do I apply?

Students can apply for admission by visiting

Can I apply after the priority deadline?

Yes, applications are accepted after the priority deadline.

When do I need to have my application completed?

For application deadlines, visit this page.

Do my prerequisites need to be complete when I apply?

Prerequisite courses can be in progress when you apply. Those courses need to be complete with a grade of C or higher by the time the program you're applying for begins.

General Questions

What neighborhoods are close to Emory University?

Following is a relative list of neighborhoods that are close to the campus. It is not intended to be a complete listing. It is provided only to assist students who may be unfamiliar with the Atlanta area while they are reviewing classified ads and listings.

Decatur                     Midtown
DeKalb                      Buckhead
East Lake                  Morningside
Oakhurst                   East Atlanta
Virginia-Highland     Grant Park
Little Five Points      Ormewood
Inman Park               Druid Hills
Candler Park

Where can I look for places to live off campus?

Local apartment finder services might be an option for some students. The Residence Life web page lists some suggestions. The local newspapers also offer classified ads that are a great resource and they can be accessed online.

Creative Loafing:
Emory Off-Campus Housing Finder

What are the housing options for incoming students?

There are a variety of on-campus and off-campus options for incoming students. For more information, please visit Emory Residence Life & Housing.

Where should my official transcripts be sent?

Your official transcripts should be mailed or sent electronically to the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs. Our mailing address is 1520 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta GA 30322. Transcripts sent electronically should be emailed to Materials sent to any other address or Emory office will not be forwarded to the School of Nursing.

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