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The Pathway for Aspiring Health Care Leaders

Emory’s Post-BSN DNP program prepares RNs to achieve the highest ranks of health care leadership. This pathway allows you to hone advanced practice clinical skills while engaging in life-changing leadership development.


Become the clinical nurse leader you were meant to be. Our Post-BSN DNPProgram 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, weekend immersion experiences, and live class sessions. Students engage 1:1with 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 in weekend immersion experiences on-campus and online.
  • 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 only available to students interested in the following specialties: Family Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse Practitioner, and Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.  

Program Director

Imelda Reyes DNP, MPH, CPNP, FNP-BC
Assistant Clinical Professor | Office of Academic Advancement

*Please email with application questions.


Each year the School of Nursing hosts "Admitted Students Day," a time when those interested in particular programs can learn more about the experience and get questions answered by current students.


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.

Admission Requirements

Emory University is seeking highly qualified and developing nurse leaders for its Post-BSN 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, 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.  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.

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 program is a face-to-face program located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Applicants to any of our distance-accessible courses/ programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory is working toward developing a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia and those states identified, should contact their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education for specific rules and regulations pertaining to completion of clinical learning experiences in that state when enrolled in a distance-accessible program.

Schedule Details

What are On-Campus Sessions?

On-Campus sessions, also called “Semester Saturdays,” will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. (EST). The format will be business conference style with students attending class in the NHWSN building. Attire will be business casual for students and agendas will include: DNP student presentations, group work and special interactive presentations with renowned guest speakers. On-campus sessions may also include advising as needed.

On-campus sessions will take place on the following days:

Summer 2021
Saturday, July 10 (Virtual)  

Fall 2021
Saturday, September 18, 2021 (Virtual)
Saturday, October 23, 2021 (Virtual)

Spring 2022
Saturday, February 5, 2022  *Location TBD
Saturday, March 19, 2022 *Location TBD

Summer 2022
Saturday, July 9, 2022 *Location TBD

This is a hybrid program with both online and face to face interaction during every semester. Each Fall and Spring semester students and faculty will meet for two on-campus sessions. During the Summer semester, there is one on-campus session.

Mission / Vision / Values

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.