Archive for August 24, 2015

School Launches 2016 Application and Scholarship Initiative

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The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is overhauling its admission process for the 2015-2016 recruitment cycle. Beginning in Fall 2015, prospective students can expect to see a streamlined application, faster admission decisions, and more opportunities to earn merit scholarships.

“As a top-ranked nursing school, we are attracting applications from high-quality students from around the world,” said David Smith, associate dean for enrollment and student affairs at Emory’s School of Nursing. “Our students have many options for nursing school, so we’ve decided to simplify the entire admission process and increase the amount of scholarships available to them.”

The nursing school expects the newly refined process—coupled with significant scholarship packages—to help future students finalize their nursing schools plans earlier.

“Nursing continues to be one of the fasting growing occupations in the U.S.,” said Smith. “Streamlining the application process and reducing financial barriers will help us attract high-achieving students who can enter the nursing workforce faster to fill the growing demands of our health care delivery system.”

Emory’s School of Nursing has also modified its academic programs to give students fast-track options for interested students.

“We need nurses today more than ever before. We offer accelerated programs to help second-degree students earn a baccalaureate degree in as little as 15 months.”

Because the costs of a nursing education is on the rise across the nation, Emory will award more full-tuition scholarships this year to increase access for top students.

“We want to remove economic barriers for bright students. We awarded more than $7.1 million in financial aid and scholarships last academic year, and we’re planning to expand our merit scholarship programs to help more students.”

Details about the new admission process can be found below.

The New Admission Process
Interested students can apply to Emory using the streamlined application online at The priority deadline for applications and scholarships is October 15. Admission decisions and scholarship packages will be sent to applicants by December 15.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
Emory’s School of Nursing is committed to making education affordable for qualified students. Our aid packages include numerous full-tuition opportunities for high-achieving students. Visit our website to learn more about scholarship and fellowship opportunities available at Emory.

Open Houses and Information Sessions
Open Houses and Information sessions are provide you with in-depth information our programs while giving prospective students the opportunity to interact with faculty and the admissions staff. RSVP to upcoming admission events below.

Undergraduate Programs Open House, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m.
Graduate Programs Open House, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m.

To learn more about the School of Nursing’s new admission procedures and scholarships, visit


High School Students Explore Forensics Nursing at Emory


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When high school students descended upon Emory University this summer to participate in the Pre-College program, they came to campus with certain expectations: get a taste of college life, make new friends, and maybe take in a Braves game. Whether they were just beginning their college search or giving Emory a serious test drive, College 101 sessions and residence life activities were opening everyone’s eyes to what the future had in store, and the students were loving every minute.

Perhaps no one had a more thoughtful experience than those enrolled in Forensics: Violence and Crime in U.S. Public Health. Despite the heavy subject matter, this new class offered by the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing was a hit with high schoolers who signed up to learn more about the world of forensic science.

Though students may have walked into the classroom confident that they knew the basics of forensics from popular TV procedurals, Associate Professor Angela Amar‘s course went beyond studying wounds and patterns of injury (though it did that too) to delve into the psychological motivations and responses of both victim and perpetrator.

For Grace Won, a rising senior at Peachtree Ridge High School, the emphasis on psychology was revealing.

“I learned that psychological aspects play key roles in crimes committed and that nurses are vital when it comes to treating victims, because these nurses can make or break a victim’s response to the crisis.”

Amar led students to a deeper understanding of crime analysis and the motivations behind aggressive acts, guiding class discussion far beyond what they had passively soaked up in popular culture.

As an aspiring medical examiner, Grace came into the course already enthusiastic about the nitty-gritty of forensics: “I can’t lie; I love dead bodies.” She was less excited about diving into an overnight college program that felt pretty far out of her comfort zone. Through Socratic debate about topics like rape culture and victim-blaming, Grace began to speak out and grapple with complex issues, even when she knew others disagreed with her point of view.

By the end of the two-week session, Amar’s students had traced violent crime from its root causes through to injury assessment and learned about public health supports available to victims. They also wrestled with the larger social questions underpinning a culture in which violence is the second-leading cause of death for young people. They even had fun doing it.

For Grace Won, the course was ultimately more than its syllabus. “I am really glad I took a chance and went. I know this sounds cliche, but I found my voice during my journey of self-discovery. I am so excited to go to college now, and Emory is definitely at the top of my list.”

Forensics: Violence and Crime in U.S. Public Health was one of three nursing courses offered this summer to high school students through Emory’s Pre-College program. Students were also introduced to nursing concepts in Advances in Cardiovascular Medicine and Technology taught by doctoral candidates Brittany Butts and Global Health Leadership in the 21st Century taught by doctoral candidates Helen Baker and Blake McGee.

Visit nursing.emory,edu or to learn more about Emory’s academic programs for high school students.