Emory University - Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Why you should consider this program

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN) ranked #1 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 MN and MN Pathway to MSN. Current nurses can apply for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). 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.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 102,792 $ 24,198 $ 78,594
Out of state $ 102,792 $ 24,198 $ 78,594
* 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)

1 per year

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 20,000

Application fee waived?



Intern/complete clinical hours at an Atlanta-based organization that serves low-resource communities in the United States that matches the fellow’s interest and experience (minimum 100 hours/year)

  • Organizations include, but are not limited to:
    • Free Clinics: Community Advanced Practice Nurses, Good Samaritan Health Center, BP SOS, Clarkston Community Health Center
    • Mentoring: Health Career Academy
    • Teaching: Refugee Family Literacy and Fugees Academy
    • Participate in a LCC immersion experience and be a peer mentor to other students in the immersion course
    • Take on leadership roles and provide guidance when working in underserved clinical settings
  • Support the Peace Corps’ third goal: “To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans”

Jobs for program alumni

  • 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
  • Faculty member, University of Colorado
  • Clinical Supervisor, Positive Impact Health Centers

Other details

Program length

8 semesters for MN Pathway to MSN (Coverdell covers one of these programs, not both); 4 semesters for MN; 4 semesters for MSN (RN license required for admission)

Application requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of Peace Corps Service.
  • Meet the admission requirements of Emory University and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSON).
  • Be admitted to or enrolled as a full-time student at the NHWSON in a program granting an MN, MN Pathway to MSN, or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Maintain full-time student status and a 3.5 GPA.
  • Fellows are expected to actively participate in community of scholarship and service.

Program begins



Helen Baker, Global and Community Engagement Coordinator

1520 Clifton Road, Office 268
Atlanta, GA 30321