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Dual-Degree Nursing Program

Agnes Scott College / Emory University

Dual-Degree Nursing Program

Would you like to become a nurse but also want to explore other exciting subjects—ones that illuminate the interconnections of the world—to launch you on a lifetime of learning?

Agnes Scott’s 3 - 2 Dual-Degree Program in Nursing is a collaboration with Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in which you may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) from Agnes Scott and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.) from Emory. During your first three years at Agnes Scott, you will fulfill the specific and distributional requirements for a B.A. as well as your prerequisite courses for nursing school. During your final two years, you will enroll at Emory’s Woodruff School of Nursing and take courses to complete the B.S.N. Agnes Scott’s liberal arts curriculum emphasizes academic excellence, interdisciplinary learning initiatives and experiential learning and will be a strong foundation for your nursing education.

Your Bachelor of Arts Degree from Agnes Scott
Your program will begin with a three-year, liberal arts curriculum developed by faculty from Agnes Scott and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. The three-year pre-nursing program consists of a minimum of 92 semester hours (including AP and IB credits) of coursework completed at Agnes Scott, including the general-education courses required for the nursing curriculum at Emory.

During your study at Agnes Scott, you’ll enjoy collaborative, lively class discussions, accessible faculty and challenging coursework. And, you’ll enhance your future career as a nurse with strong writing, speaking and analytical skills—the true benefits of a liberal arts education.

Your Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Emory
The final two years will involve study at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, recognized as a leader in the preparation of nurses for beginning and advanced practice. Woodruff graduates are at the forefront in leadership, serving as role models for excellence in nursing practice throughout the world. The School of Nursing is especially committed to evolving nursing practice through scholarship, leadership and social responsibility.

Program Requirements
Students should complete all Agnes Scott specific and distributional standards with a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or better:

  • Chemistry 150 and 220 with labs
  • Chemistry 240 with lab
  • Biology 191 and 192 with labs
  • Biology 301 with lab
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (taken through cross registration)
  • Mathematics 115
  • Any history/economics/political science course
  • Anthropology 101 or Sociology 101
  • Psychology 100
  • Psychology 200
  • English 110
  • Three humanities courses (such as philosophy, art, music, theatre)
  • Six elective courses, including First-Year Seminar, foreign language or Public Health

After completing your second academic year at Agnes Scott, you will apply for admission to the nursing program. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA both overall and in all required math and science courses and have no grade less than a “C” in math and science courses required by the program. Students who are recommended by the Agnes Scott health professions coorinator and the Woodruff School of Nursing’s admission committee will be invited to enroll at Emory.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I choose a major at Agnes Scott?
Yes, you will declare the major of your choice at Agnes Scott but you will not complete that major. At the conclusion of your program, your transcript will show “dual-degree nursing” as your major.

Where do I live during my two years at Emory?
You can choose Emory’s on-campus housing or you can rent an apartment in the area.

Can I continue receiving my Agnes Scott financial aid while I am at Emory?
No, your Agnes Scott financial aid will only apply during the time you spend at ASC. You will need to apply for financial aid at Emory when you apply to the nursing program.

Will someone at Agnes Scott guide me through the process of applying to the nursing program?
Yes. In your first year at Agnes Scott, you will declare your intent to pursue the dual-degree program with the academic advising office and then you will be assigned to the adviser for the dual-degree nursing program, who will help you shape your curriculum. By fall of your junior year, you will apply to Emory’s nursing program under the guidance of the ASC health professions coordinator.

Can I participate in the commencement ceremony with my Agnes Scott class even though I have another year to complete at Emory?
Yes, a dual-degree student may fully participate in commencement with her class though she will not receive her Agnes Scott B.A. until she finishes the entire program.

What if I decide not to finish the Emory nursing program?
You may return to Agnes Scott to complete your B.A. degree without re-applying to the college.

What if I don’t get into the nursing program?
You may return to Agnes Scott to complete your B.A. degree or you may discuss other options with your adviser.

Can I enroll in the program as a transfer student?

Generally the program is not designed to accommodate transfer students, since you must complete at least 64 hours at Agnes Scott in order to receive a degree from the college. You may want to apply directly to a nursing program if you've already completed some of the pre-requisites.

For more information:

Andrea L. Clark, MBA
Health Professions Coordinator
aclark@agnesscott.edu