Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University

Why you should consider this program

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN) ranked #4 for graduate nursing programs by the US News and World Report and offers accelerated nursing programs for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) with prior degrees. RPCVs who are not nurses are eligible for the Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing (AMSN) program, a direct entry BSN to MSN program to become a Nurse Practitioner or Midwife.  There are also BSN- PhD and BSN- DNP programs, offering terminal degrees. Clinical opportunities put you on the front line of healthcare. You are developing skills and gaining knowledge to educate, diagnose, and treat people from a variety of backgrounds. NHWSN has a focus on social responsibility and cultural understanding within the coursework and out of the classroom opportunities. The Lillian Carter Center for Global Health offers local, regional, and global service learning trips. “With various options across Emory's programs for working in development, education, and health, I find joy in being one on one with a myriad of patients. .. there is strength and power in individual relationship building and spending time with people ... Nursing provides you the opportunity to build those relationships and create sustainable actions for our world's health.”

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 179,000 $ 16,000 $ 163,000
Out of state $ 179,000 $ 16,000 $ 163,000
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Tuition discount

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

2-3 per year

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 20,000

Application fee waived?



Your intership is designed around your interests.  You are required to meet with the Coverdell Peace Corps Advisor to identify areas of interest and find a match for your interests.  Examples of internships include:

  • Working at Community Advanced Practice Nurses, a primary care clinic serving underserved, uninsured and individuals experiencing homelessness. This site offers the ability to practice clinical skills in an outpatient setting.
  • Working at Good Samaritan Health Center, Clarkston Community Health Center  or Portal de Salud – Primary care clinics serving underserved, uninsured and primarily Latino and refugee populations. These sites offer opportunity to practice clinical skills in an outpatient setting, including intake and history, blood draws, and lab work.
  • Interdisciplinary activities with Familias Saludables, a healthy lifestyle education course for Spanish speaking parents and children
  • Working with adolescent youth at a homeless shelter utilizing therapeutic communication skills based on the community resiliency model (CRM).
  • Working with Health Career Academy, a health sciences mentoring program in metro Atlanta high schools that works with students to learn more about the health sciences and guide them towards goal attainment to continue studies beyond high school. 

Working with refugees in a community setting including the Clarkston Community Health Center, a refugee youth soccer program (Fugees Academy) or with young mothers and children through the Talk With Me Baby program at Refugee Family Literacy. 

Jobs for program alumni

We are a relatively young program but our graduates have all earned jobs!

  • Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center, a multidisciplinary pain clinic that also has a functional restoration program
  • Family Nurse Practitioner DeKalb Medical Center
  • Certified Nurse Midwife, Atlanta Gynecology & Obstetrics

Other details

Program length

8 semesters for AMSN; 4 semesters for MSN (RN license required for admission)

Application requirements

Program begins



Helen Baker, Global and Community Engagement Coordinator

1520 Clifton Road, Office 268
Atlanta, GA 30321