Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing | 91% NCLEX Pass Rates

The Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, is the number one school of nursing in Georgia with more than 500 nursing students enrolled in their BSN, MSN, and Doctoral programs.

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  • Programs PhD, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, BSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, NP, CRNA, CNM, Other
  • Location Atlanta, GA
  • Telephone 1-404-727-7980
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The Emory University School of Nursing, started in 1905, has evolved from a small training school in a fifty-bed hospital to a school that is now ranked among the top ten private nursing programs in the United States.

Program Options

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

BSN for High School Students

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing offers a four-year undergraduate program for high school students. Students are able to be admitted to Emory University as a freshman. The focus is on liberal arts and has a connection to internationally recognized health systems. Students must choose a BSN as their first bachelor’s degree to be accepted into the program.

Step one: Admission to Emory College or Oxford College

The first step in admissions is to apply for freshman admission through Emory University’s Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Two Campus Options

Emory College offers two campus locations:  Emory College in Atlanta, GA, and Oxford College in Oxford, GA.

Oxford College offered a smaller campus experience, as well as opportunities for leadership. With smaller classes, and personal interaction between students and professors, there are opportunities to get involved throughout the area.

Step two: Prerequisites

The first two years on campus are full of prerequisites, or general education courses. Students are able to apply to the nursing program while completing their prerequisites. All required courses have to be completed before enrolling in the BSN program in the fall semester of junior year.

Step three: Nursing Education

For junior and senior year at Emory's School of Nursing, students will gain nursing knowledge through the classroom and clinical settings.


"How log will it take me to complete the program?"

This program is designed to be completed over a four-year term, at a full time status.

After graduation, students are eligible to take the NCLEX nursing licensure exam and then apply for state licensure as an RN.

Accelerated BSN

This program is for students who have completed a bachelor's degree in another field and desire to complete their BSN. The BSN degree will be completed in 15 months.

Accelerated BSN+MSN

This program is available for students interested in becoming an advanced practice nurse. Students are able to earn a BSN in 15 months and immediately begin their MSN. This program is designed for those who have a Bachelor's degree in another field and want to continue with a MSN.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

There are more than a dozen MSN program specialties from which to choose that can be completed within four to five semesters at a full-time status.  Part-time is also available.

After the program specialty is completed, graduates are eligible to apply for the appropriate nurse practitioner and/or certified nurse midwife certification examinations. 

Joint Program Options

1.  Dual Degree Program Options

  • Emory University offers an MSN/MPH and MSN/MA program for those interested in expanding their career options with a Dual Master’s degree.

2.  Joint Specialty Programs

  • Adult/Gerontology Acute + Primary Care
  • Family Nurse Practitioner + Nurse-Midwifery

Post-graduate Certificate

The post-graduate certificate programs prepare advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) for an additional area of specialty practice resulting in being qualified to sit for the specialty-specific national APRN certification examination. 

MSN Program Options

  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult - Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse-Midwifery
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The focus of Emory's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is on clinical leadership. BSN and MSN prepared nurses are eligible for this program. A Post-Bachelor's FNP program and a Post-Master's program are available. Both offer two specialty tracks - health systems leadership and population health.


A Post-DNP is available for students who want to specialize in an advanced practice field.


  1. Family Nurse Practitioner
  2. Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  3. Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  4. Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  5. Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  6. Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  7. Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  8. Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  9. Nurse Midwife

The Post-BSN DNP program will prepare graduates to sit for the credentialing examinations.


This program is for students who are available for hybrid learning, both online and face-to-face classes. Each semester, students are required to meet for three on-campus sessions.

Requirements for Admission into Post-Master’s DNP (not all inclusive)

  • MSN in Nursing from an accredited College or University
  • Unrestricted RN license in the state(s) in which you will be completing your clinical training/project

Other Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Completed application
  • 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)
  • Resume or CV
  • Contact information for two professional references

DNP, Nurse Anesthesia

Length of program:  36-month (9 semester), 86-credit hour, full-time program

Graduates will earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a specialty in nurse anesthesia.

Requirements include a minimum of 1-year and preferably 2-3 years of current full-time adult critical care experience in a surgical, medical, cardiac, or neuro intensive care unit (orientation is not included in the 1 year requirement).

The following areas are NOT considered as critical care experience:

  • Telemetry
  • Cardiac Cath Lab
  • Operating Room
  • Postanesthesia Care Unit / Recovery Room (PACU / RR)
  • Emergency Department
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Pediatric ICU


Emory will accept the GMAT if it was taken within 5 years of the application deadline.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

Admission requirements (not all inclusive):

  • Completed application
  • Submission of a personal statement that describes the applicant's vision for what they want to study, who they want to study with, and why they want to study at Emory
  • 3 recommendations
  • Satisfactory GRE scores within 5 years
  • Satisfactory TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • World Education Services (WES) report (if applicable)

Rankings - US News & World Report

  • The SON is ranked #5 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice for 2019
  • Listed Emory in the #3 Best Nursing Schools: Master’s for 2019
  • School of Nursing #4 for nursing (2018)
  • School of Nursing #15 for Nurse-Midwifery specialty program
  • School of Nursing #8 for Family Nurse Practitioner specialty program


The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The nurse-midwifery program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).

The DNP Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Approval is pending  from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). 

Emory University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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  1. Anonymous
    Aug 31, '17, 11:39 am by
    Overall: 3.3 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 2 stars
    Experience: 3 stars
    Staff: 2 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 3 stars

    Program: Other
    Classes: On Campus

    My Experience

    I am currently a senior in the college at Emory. However, I have been taking all of my nursing pre-req's in the school of nursing here at Emory in hopes to go to an ABSN program after graduating with my Neuroscience degree. I can not attest to what it is like being a nursing student however I am VERY disappointed with the professors and classes I have been in so far.

    About The Staff

    Each staff member I have come into contact with seems like they literally have no idea what they are talking about. My Human Growth and Development class was an absolute joke. The professor was useless and pulled everything from online, read from each slide, and couldn't answer a single question without looking it up herself. My A&P I lab professor is completely unorganized and every single email has significant grammer/spelling errors that make the email unreadable. My A&P professor herself is more organized and overall kinda knows what she's talking about. However, some topics she completely just doesn't understand and has taught us wrong...I have taken Organic chem I and II and she has taught us wrong information about this topic... Overall, very bad experience with professors. Erros I believe are unacceptable for professors at such an elite university. I will not be applying to Emory for my ABSN.

  2. Visit jeastridge profile page
    Apr 11, '17, 8:25 pm by
    Overall: 4.2 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 4 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 2 stars
    Support: 4 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 1983

    My Experience

    I went to nursing school many years ago at Emory University. The best thing about it was the focus on critical thinking skills and the basic sciences. We had the same professors as the medical students and were exposed to a challenging curriculum. Back in the day, the experience end of it was a little lacking and I came out of school without a lot of hands on practice, but I knew how to find answers and how to problem solve.

    About The Staff

    Since I graduated so long ago, I'm afraid that I can't comment on the current staff. At the time, the professors were inspirational.

    Things To Know

    I am still happily working as a nurse--currently parish nurse and hospice nurse--with a variety of experiences in several fields of nursing. Grateful to Emory for a good, solid start.

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