Oglethorpe partners with Emory to offer new pathway to Master of Nursing degree

Oglethorpe University and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University have developed a new pipeline designed to educate more local nurses to bolster the nursing workforce.

With this collaboration, eligible students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe will be able to enroll in the School of Nursing’s Master of Nursing (MN) program.

Emory’s MN program is an entry-to-practice pre-licensure degree program designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines. Students who complete the 15-month program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and begin practice as a registered nurse (RN).

Oglethorpe students explore the Simulation Program at Emory Nursing Learning Center.

Oglethorpe students explore the Simulation Program at Emory Nursing Learning Center.

This five-year partnership demonstrates the School of Nursing’s commitment to collaborating with colleges and universities in the metro Atlanta area to further infuse the community with high-caliber nurses. It is another step the school is taking to meet the demands of the nursing workforce.

Students who enroll at Oglethorpe for the Fall semester 2024 can participate in the new program. Details are now available on the new program page of the Oglethorpe website.

“Biology is Oglethorpe’s number one undergraduate major, and a significant number are pursuing careers in health care,” said Kendra King Momon, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Oglethorpe. “Working with Emory to establish this new pipeline is in line with Oglethorpe’s commitment to supporting Georgia’s workforce needs and our students’ professional aspirations.”

The partnership with Oglethorpe is the School of Nursing’s third collaboration designed to prepare additional nurses. The school currently has two similar collaborations with Spelman College and Agnes Scott College.

“We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Oglethorpe,” said Linda McCauley, dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. “The profession needs nurses—now more than ever. Collaboration with other institutions to prepare more nurses to enter the workforce will help us address the nationwide nursing shortage.”

As one of the nation’s top nursing schools, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University is committed to educating visionary nurse leaders and scholars. Home to the No. 1 master’s, No. 3 BSN, and No. 6 DNP programs nationwide, the school has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing.

Oglethorpe’s highly regarded undergraduate biology program is known for hands-on instruction, field and lab research, service learning and experiential components such as internships and lab assistantships. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute also recently named Oglethorpe one of 14 schools to share in an $8 million grant to increase opportunities for underrepresented students in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM).

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