Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) | 89% NCLEX Pass Rates

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) is recognized for excellence in educating nurses who set the highest standards for patient care and become innovative national and international leaders.


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  • Programs RN-to-MSN, PhD, MSN-to-DNP, BSN-to-PhD, BSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, MSN to PhD, NP, CNS, Other
  • Location Baltimore, MD
  • Telephone 1-410-955-4766
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The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the nursing training program are one of the longest standing nursing programs in the nation, opening back in 1889. After many generations, the School of Nursing was finally established in 1983, completing an eighth division of Johns Hopkins University.

The opportunities nursing graduates have are unique to other schools because Johns Hopkins University is a global leader in nursing research, education, and scholarship.

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Nursing

Nurse Practitioner

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Health Systems Management

Public Health Nursing

Entry into Nursing Practice

MSN/MPH

Doctoral

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Philosophy

Post-Degree Certificates

Nurse Practitioner

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Nurse Educator

HIV Primary Care

Pre-Licensure Options

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Entry into Nursing

The MSN: Entry into Nursing program at Johns Hopkins University is focused on the humanities, public health, genetics, and physical and organizational sciences into nursing practice.

MSN graduates are prepared with the enhanced bedside nursing education to become leaders or continue with their education to a doctorate degree.  Graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX exam to become registered nurses.  Those who graduate can continue into the workforce, or continue their path to a higher degree.

Admission for MSN: Entry into Nursing program

  1. Bachelor's Degree (in a discipline other than nursing from an accredited college or university)
  2. Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university

Master of Science in Nursing: Advanced Nursing Practice (MSN)

Students who already have a bachelor's degree in nursing can pursue our MSN: Advanced Nursing Practice with a track option of specializing in advanced practice, management, and/or public health nursing.

At Johns Hopkins University, both full-time and part-time study are available for diversity among learners. With both options, specialty tracks are available for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, health systems management, and public health nursing.

Specialty Track Options

  • MSN Health Systems Management Track
  • MSN Health Systems Management Track/Clinical Nurse Specialist Track (any CNS track) (No longer accepting applications)

MSN Health Systems Management Specialty Track

This specialty track is specifically designed for students who are interested in improving healthcare quality and efficiency. The program’s framework is focused on evidence-based practice.  The coursework and practicum may be altered to focus on management and administration, information technology, health policy, or case management/population management. 

Specialty Track Options

  • MSN Public Health Nursing Track
  • MSN Public Health Nursing Track with certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Shenandoah University (no longer currently accepting applications)

MSN Public Health Nursing Specialty Tracks

The Public Health Nursing Track is designed to improve the health of diverse, often underserved, populations in community settings through one of the distinct public health offerings at Johns Hopkins.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) Specialty Tracks

Programs are designed for RNs with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or an entry-level nursing master’s degree.

  • DNP Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with HIV-Primary Care Certificate
  • DNP Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with HIV-Primary Care Certificate
  • DNP Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Specialty Tracks (DNP program)

These programs are designed for RNs with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or an entry-level nursing master’s degree.

Specialty Track Options

  • DNP Clinical Nurse Specialist (onsite & online)
  • Adult-Gerontological Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Adult-Gerontological Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Pediatric Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Public Health (MSN/MPH)

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Our DNP program prepares students to lead healthcare innovations and influence policy. DNP prepared nurses are focused on improving the health of people globally and applying health policy.

There are two pathways to the DNP

  1. DNP for nurses with an earned BSN or MSN pre-licensure degree
  2. DNP for nurses with an earned MSN in a specialty area such as NP, CNS, Management

Admission for DNP Programs:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing or an entry-level nursing master’s degree
  2. GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Proof of current nursing licensure
  4. One year of full-time RN experience

DNP Programs

  • Executive DNP
  • Advanced Practice DNP

Advanced Practice

  • Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with HIV-Primary Care Certificate
  • Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with HIV-Primary Care Certificate
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (onsite & online)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Our PhD program is designed for nurses who thrive on a scientific approach and desire to conduct their own research.

"Why should I choose Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing for my PhD?"

At Johns Hopkins, those who possess a PhD:

  1. Have the knowledge and skills in theoretical, methodological, and analytical approaches that enable the nurse to conduct research
  2. Have broad expertise in their nursing specialty
  3. Are educators within the community and lead nurses of the future

PhD Students focus on the following for research topics:

  • Cardiovascular risk reduction
  • Domestic violence
  • Biologic basis of nursing therapeutics
  • Health promotion
  • Chronic disease management
  • Symptom management
  • Bio-behavioral aspects of pain and stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Lactation and Breastfeeding
  • Health Disparities
  • Family Caregiver Stress
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Patient Health Care Decision Making
  • End of Life Care

Admission Criteria (not all inclusive)

  1. Bachelor's or Master's in Nursing. Applicants holding a degree in a non-nursing related discipline will be considered on an individual basis
  2. Written statement of research goals
  3. GRE scores from within the past five years
  4. A minimum scholastic GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  5. Faculty interview
  6. Writing sample (publication or graded paper)
  7. Letters of recommendation
  8. Copy of official RN license

Other Program Options

  • Health Prerequisites
  • Master's Programs
  • Health Systems Management
  • Doctoral Nursing Programs
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist

Post-Degrees

  • Nurse Educator
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Degree Certificate Opportunities
  • Post-Graduate
  • HIV (taken with AGNP DNP and FNP DNP programs.)
  • Nurse Educator
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Recognition and Awards

U.S. News & World Report's 2017 Rankings

  • #1 according to U.S. News & World Report  for the accredited graduate nursing program in the country in its 2017 survey.
  • #2 for the Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program
  • No. 1 in Administration
  • #2 in Nurse Practitioner (pediatric: primary care)
  • #2 in Nurse Practitioner (adult, gerontology: primary care)
  • #2 in Nurse Practitioner (adult, gerontology: acute care)
  • #4 in Nurse Practitioner (family)

Additional Awards/Accolades

  • No. 1 master’s program in nursing by College Choice
  • No. 1 nursing program in U.S. by Mometrix
  • No. 2 nursing school globally by QS World University
  • No. 5 online nursing program by U.S. News & World Report
  • Among the top 15% of colleges, universities, and trade schools recognized by G.I.Jobs as “Military Friendly”  

Accreditation

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
  • The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and doctor of nursing practice programs at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • The baccalaureate and master's programs are approved by the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Nurses.
  • The baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs are endorsed by the Maryland State Board for Higher Education.

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  1. Visit renardeau profile page
    May 23, 4:48 pm by
    Overall: 4.8 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 4 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: Accelerated BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2013

    My Experience

    Hopkins is great school for many medical disciplines, given its connection with Johns Hopkins Hospital. Because of my clinical rotations, which were all at Johns Hopkins with exception to public health rotations, I had a number of skills that many co-workers in my new graduate cohort did not have. Senior practicum had a minimum requirement of 196 hours with very willing and patient preceptors. After graduation, I had little trouble finding a job and I found myself very ready to practice at a large, urban, trauma I cardiac IMC, and the unit was happy to take me off orientation weeks early.

    In all honesty, I found my classmates somewhat intimidating. I had gone straight from undergraduate to the second-degree BSN, but most others were second-career nurses, with incredible experiences in business, engineering, Peace Corps, etc. and all of them were incredibly motivated, setting the standard of work and study very high. This perhaps added to the stress factor of the school, but it admittedly was an extrinsic factor that made me work harder to keep up with everyone. This fact was corroborated during my new graduate orientation where there were around 100 new nurses being onboarded and learning new skills together such as EKG interpretation, trach care, how to use safe-lift equipment, etc. For group presentations where a leader was elected and spoke for the group, it was interesting to note that a large majority of the group spokespeople were Hopkins graduates, despite a diverse representation of nursing schools. (There are many in the DMV area.) It seems as if admissions tries to recruit people with tendency toward leadership. Notably, everyone at Hopkins was also extremely collaborative---it is not a competitive environment and there was a strong culture of group studying, note-sharing, tip-sharing among each class cohort.

    Baltimore as a city itself is very manageable. It's not too big or fast-paced, but there's always something fun to do. There is a lot of art and good food, a very unassuming attitude and culture, making the city an enjoyable place to live outside of schoolwork.

    About The Staff

    The staff are incredibly knowledgeable, but I have found that the nursing school has an interesting problem as the undergraduate institution in that they do try to recruit leaders in the field who, no doubt, know their stuff. While this may initially sound like a great attribute for teaching faculty, I find that it does not always translate directly to teaching. After all, for someone who can grasp certain knowledge naturally, intuitively, without much added effort, it is sometimes difficult to break down concepts into more elementary/easily digestible forms for people who don't naturally understand the same concepts. That said, this is made up for in the passion and support the faculty have for the students. They want their students to succeed and have no problems making themselves accessible outside of regular class hours. Having worked with a few different school administrations, I can say that Hopkins is very organized. They have run this program for a number of years now, and schedules and expectations were made very clear to us. Financial aid, registrar, front desk people were all prompt and helpful. The Fuld Fellowship that the school has gives a sizable scholarship to those who are willing to do the extra work, making the degree far less expensive than most second-degree programs.

  2. Visit Oakdene44 profile page
    Apr 22, 4:18 pm by
    Overall: 4.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 3 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: Entry-Level Master's
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2017

    My Experience

    So many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. It is such a great experience working along side the top public health and medical school and getting clinical at such a prestigious hospital. Our simulation lab is state of the art and I feel very prepared for my nursing career!

    About The Staff

    Staff are SO qualified. All my professors have their DNP or PhD and are so experienced in their specialities. They truly want us all to succeed and so approachable.

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