Emory University has a nursing program in their nursing school that is designed for career changes who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. The advantage of going with a 2nd degree nursing program is that the student will not need to complete basic requirements such as general education since they were completed with the first baccalaureate degree. The regular BSN program requires prior completion of specific general education courses prior to starting the nursing program.
Students in the second bachelor’s program in nursing at Emory will spend four semesters (fall, spring, fall spring) to earn their BSN degree (not including the prerequisites.) After graduation, students will spend the following summer studying for the NCLEX-RN exam in order to become a registered nurse.
Emory University Nursing Prerequisite Requirements
The following courses need to be completed prior to beginning the nursing program:
- Chemistry 1 (with lab)
- Chemistry 2 (with lab and must cover organic chemistry. An O-chem course is fine.)
- Human anatomy and physiology 1 and 2 (with lab)
- Microbiology (with lab)
- Introductory Statistics
- Human Growth and Development OR Life Span Development
The microbiology and A&P courses must have been completed within the past seven years prior to the application. All courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better. A GPA of 3.0 is necessary for priority consideration, but it may not be enough to gain admissions. Students may apply while prerequisites are in progress if they weren’t completed with any prior college work.
Other items need for admissions include:
- Three letters of reference (Two must be academic and one of those two must be a science professor. Students out of school for longer than two years may submit just one academic recommendation from a science instructor. The third letter may be academic or professional, but it cannot be from friends or family.)
- Resume that includes paid experience, research opportunities, leadership roles, and community experience.
- Transcripts from all colleges and university, regardless of whether the BA degree was earned there.
- Statement of purpose that covers the following:
- Your concept of nursing and your reason for choosing nursing as a profession
- Your reason for choosing Emory’s School of Nursing and your perceptions and expectations of the nursing program.
- Specific goals after graduation and ideas how you can contribute to improving our society and the nursing profession
- Personal experiences and activities that have influenced you in any way and have made you the type of person you are now
- Leadership positions you have held and your own participation in community service activities/projects
- Any additional comments or observations that you feel would influence your candidacy
Applications should be completed by January 15th for priority consideration.
Emory University Tuition and Fees for the Nursing Program
As of 2010-2011 academic year, the tuition is $17.400 for full time (12 units or more) per semester. There are extra fees and expenses not included above such as books (estimated $1,400 per semester) as well. Federal financial aid is available for second baccalaureate students to help pay for the cost of education.
Emory University Nursing Program Admissions Statistics
Unfortunately, there are no official published statistics on admissions for this school. However, there have been some anecdotal notes about admissions.
The number of applicants rose significantly between 2008 and 2009. That was probably due to the recession. However, a student with an overall GPA of 3.7 and a science GPA of 3.5 was able to gain admission for Fall 2010. Many students have said that they seem to care more about the science GPA and a lot less about the overall GPA.
One advantage of this nursing program is that they do not require any pre-nursing entrance exams. This is good for students with good grades that don’t perform well in standardized multiple-choice exams such as the TEAS or HESI.