Freshman Option: Emory and Oxford Students
First, the Prerequisites
As a Freshman Option student, the first two years of general education prerequisites are taken at Emory College or Oxford College. 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.
Emory and Oxford students applying to the BSN first-degree program will automatically be admitted to the School of Nursing if they meet certain requirements.
Second, the Nursing Education
In the remaining two years at Emory, 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 practice areas in health care and beyond.
BSN Plan of Study Full-time - 4 Semesters
Semester 1 (Fall)
Social Responsibility & Bioethics in Nursing
Pathophysiology for Nurses
Foundations of Nursing Practice
Clinical Practicum I
Health Promotion and Wellness
Semester Credit Hours
Semester 2 (Spring)
Population Health: Community and
Pharmacology for Nurses
Acute and Chronic Care
Clinical Practicum II
Evidence Based Practice for Nurses
Semester Credit Hours
Semester 3 (Fall)
Maternity and Reproductive Health Nursing
Clinical Practicum III
Mental Health Nursing
Perspectives in Professional Nursing
Semester Credit Hours
Semester 4 (Spring)
Palliative Care & Difficult Conversations
Becoming a Professional Nurse
Nursing in Complex Care Situations
Clinical Practicum IV
Semester Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours
Total Clinical Hours
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. Students typically begin with Chem 150. Depending on your plans, you may already have course credit for Chem 150, or plan to take this course later. Courses offered by the School of Nursing to Emory College students are typically taken in the second year to allow time to gain experience in other prerequisites in the College.
- CHEM 150 Structure and Properties with lab
- BIOL 141 Foundations of Modern Biology I with lab
- MATH 107 Intro to Probability and Statistics OR QTM 100 Intro to Stat Inference
- NRSG 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (+)
- NRSG 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (+)
- NRSG 200 Human Growth and Development (+)
- Additional coursework totaling 60 credit hours*
*PACE, PE, and HLTH 100 will not be counted towards your over 60 credit hours.
- BIOL 370 Microbiology with Lab
- HLTH 220 or 221 Nutrition
- HLTH 210 (Predictive Health and Society)
- HLTH 385-002 (Contemporary Nutrition)
- HLTH 410 (Predictive Health Challenges: Integrative Health)
- Any non-Physical Education course
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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 complete with a grade of C or higher by the time you plan on beginning the nursing program. Please review the prerequisites below:
Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning (MQR) – 4 hours
- MATH 117 or MATH 111 or QTM 100
Science / Nature / Technology (SNT) - 16 hours
- BIOL 121 (with laboratory)
- BIOL 122 (with laboratory)
- BIOL 141 or BIOL 120 or BIOL 155 (with laboratory)
- CHEM 120 or 141 or 150 (with laboratory)*
All courses taken in this category must have a laboratory component
Social Sciences (HSC) - 4 hours
- PSYC 205
Electives – to reach 60 semester hours (required for nursing admission) or 64 semester hours (required for graduation from Oxford College). Total number of academic credit hours (60 or 64) does NOT include PED hours. Can include any combination of these courses for a total of 20-24 credit hours:
- Any SNT courses
- Any HIST, ECON, or POLS courses
- Any HAP or HAL courses
*Students admitted to Oxford beginning Fall 2017 must take CHEM 150.
**Prerequisite for BIOL 122 is BIOL 121 (BIOL 141 will no longer be accepted as a prerequisite for BIOL 122 as of Fall 2017)
***All courses are subject to review by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs.
***Up to 12 hours of AP, IB, and/or CLEP credit can be used for the prerequisites.
To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:
- Application for Admission
- The $50 application is waived for current Emory and Oxford students
- Official transcripts from institutions outside of Emory University
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.
Emory and Oxford students must obtain a GPA of 3.0 cumulative and 2.8 science/math to receive automatic entry into the BSN program. Students whose GPA is less than a 3.0 cumulative and 2.8 science/math will be required to have an extensive review of preparation by the Admission Committee and will not be guaranteed admission. Additional documents, such as resume and letters of recommendation, may be requested for further review.
The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for Fall 2017. 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.
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.
Emory and Oxford students applying to the BSN first degree program will automatically be admitted to the School of Nursing if they meet the following requirements:**
- Complete the 60-credit hours of prerequisites at Emory or Oxford College
- Earn a “C” or better in the prerequisite courses - all coursework is subject to review by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs
- Submit an online application (only the application - no supporting documents are required) by January 15th of the year they wish to begin the nursing program
- Obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 cumulative and 2.8 science/math**
Emory and Oxford College students who meet these requirements will not need to submit an application fee, a resume, a statement of purpose, or recommendations. Emory and Oxford applicants will need to submit official transcripts from any other college or university they've attended.
Click here to complete the BSN online application.
**Students whose GPA is less than a 3.0 cumulative and 2.8 science/math will be required to have an extensive review of preparation by the Admission Committee and will not be guaranteed admission. Additional documents, such as resume and letters of recommendation, may be requested for further review.