Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing (Pre-licensure + MSN)

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Become an APRN Today

This program provides a fast track to becoming an advanced practice nurse or midwife. Students interested in earning a MN and MSN can enroll in this accelerated program. This program allows students to earn a MN in 15 months and then immediately begin their MSN course work. This program is designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines.

The prerequisites for the MN + MSN 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 the time you plan on beginning the nursing program. Please review the updated list of prerequisites below, effective for all summer 2016 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.

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.

We offer many specialty areas for students wishing to pursue careers as advanced practice nurses. A wide range of joint and dual degree options are available, allowing for a personalized experience based on your interests. 

Learn more about our MSN program offerings

Accelerated MSN Plan of Study
Full-time - 4 Semesters
  CreditsClinical Hours

Semester 1 (Summer)

NRSG 310Pathophysiology for Nurses3
NRSG 312Foundations of Nursing Practice2
NRSG 314Clinical Practicum I2100
NRSG 315Population Health: Community and Public Health Nursing325
NRSG 372Professional Nursing: Concepts, Issues & Trends2
NRSG 380Health Assessment350
 Semester Credit Hours15175

Semester 2 (Fall)

NRSG 320Pharmacology for Nurses3
NRSG 326Acute and Chronic Care3
NRSG 327Clinical Practicum II3150
NRSG 328Pediatric Nursing2
NRSG 417Leadership, Advocacy and Policy3
NRSG 575Optimal Wellness2
 Semester Credit Hours16150

Semester 3 (Spring)

NRSG 330Clinical Integration2
NRSG 408Maternity and Reproductive Health Nursing2
NRSG 409Clinical Practicum III3150
NRSG 411Mental Health Nursing2
NRSG 505Research and Evidence Based Practice3
NRSG XXXElective2
 Semester Credit Hours14150

Semester 4 (Summer)

NRSG 430Nursing in Complex Care Situations3
NRSG 431Clinical Practicum IV4150
NRSG 432Ambulatory Care350
NRSG 591Healthcare Quality and Safety3
NRSG XXXElective2
 Semester Credit Hours15200
 Total Credit Hours60 
Total Clinical Hours675
Italics = Graduate level courses


* Curriculum, credit hours, and sequencing are subject to change.

Student Enrollment

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has a long-standing history of educating women and men to be leaders on the forefront of the health care community. 

  • Total students: 794
    • Females: 718 (90%)
    • Males: 76 (10%)
    • Minorities: 293 (37%)
    • Total BSN students: 443
    • Total MSN students: 269
    • Total DNP students: 52
    • Total PhD students: 30

Post Graduation Placement Information

2015-2016 BSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 73 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 88 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $53,000.

2015-2016 MSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 52 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 87 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $96,000.

Academic Distinctions

  • Ranked No. 5 in the nation for graduate nursing education by US News & World Report 
  • Leader in service learning and global health 
  • Internationally recognized faculty researchers 
  • 37 faculty members are American Academy of Nursing Fellows
  • 8 faculty members are American Association of Nurse Practitioner Fellows 
  • Students work in 500+ diverse clinical sites nationwide 
  • Located in Atlanta, a leading health care center in the US

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 BSN program.

We prefer to see applicants cumulative GPA at a 3.0 or higher.


The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for 2019. 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 404.727.7980.

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