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School of Nursing launches distance-ABSN program

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The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing now offers a 12-month Distance Accelerated BSN (D-ABSN) degree option for second-degree students living outside of the Atlanta area and across the U.S. Through the program, students will have an opportunity to study and gain clinical experience in the communities where they live.

The D-ABSN program is a rigorous, fast-track alternative for distance learners. Students will earn their BSN in 54 weeks in an inquiry-guided learning intensive environment.  The inquiry-guided learning environment aligns with the mission, vision, and values of the School of Nursing to build innovative nurse leaders.  Although rigorous, the D-ABN program allows students the convenience of earning their BSN at Emory University without commuting or relocating.

In addition to online course work, D-ABSN students will engage in simulation training as well conduct their first clinical rotation during their second on-campus residency.  Concurrent clinical rotations will take place within the students’ communities where they will be assigned to complete clinicals with a preceptor under the guidance of a local clinical instructor identified by the School of Nursing.  The last of the three on-campus residencies will encompass a capstone and pinning ceremony.  

“Students tell us they now have the best of both worlds,” says D-ABSN Program Director, Teresa Yambo PhD, MSN Ed, RN. “They get to stay in their home state and earn a BSN degree from Emory.  For many, the program is a dream come true.  We are excited to be a part of their journey to accomplish their dream.”

Emory is one of the few nursing schools nationwide to offer distance BSN learning. Additionally, it allows the School of Nursing to serve many of the qualified applicants wait-listed each year due to the of constraints on physical space.


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