Sample Course of Study
Students enter with the following prerequisite courses (grade B or better) from an accredited college or university: Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan, and Statistics.
First Semester (14 credits)
NR.110.303 Health Assessment
This course provides the nursing student an introduction to the skills of history taking, physical assessment, and documentation required for beginning nursing practice. The student will acquire needed skills to conduct a comprehensive health assessment including the physical, psychological, social, functional and environmental aspects of health. Integrated in this is the collection and analysis of data which are essential in planning safe and effective care. Effective communication, assessment, and documentation will be practiced in the laboratory setting. The student will become familiar with the techniques of physical assessment consisting of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Emphasis is placed on health assessment as a systematic and organized examination that will provide accurate data in which to form valid nursing diagnoses and plans of care.
NR.110.304 Principles and Applications of Nursing Technology
This course addresses the knowledge and skills needed to provide safe and effective care to patients in the first semester. Students will explore scientific principles related to nursing interventions and will practice psychomotor skills needed to safely and effectively implement those interventions. Principles of safe medication administration and monitoring are included to allow for students to administer medications in the clinical course Patient Centered Care. Knowledge, skills, and attitudes based on QSEN competencies, including patient-centered care, use of evidence-based guidelines, quality improvement, safety, and informatics will be incorporated into lab practice.
NR.110.306 Professional Role Development in Nursing
This course focuses on professional role development in nursing. Content is organized into three modules: 1) the profession of nursing; 2) healthcare competencies, including quality and safety education for nurses; and 3) the healthcare delivery system. An overview of the nursing professions, its history, current trends and the future of nursing, nursing education, and the role of the nurse in an interdisciplinary health care setting will emphasized. The concepts will be described in the context of building the students’ role as a health professional. Healthy People 2020 Goals and Objectives will provide the framework for understanding the complexity of health care delivery and improving years of healthy life for all. Students will develop their nursing practice by acquiring a basic understanding of healthcare competencies through two frameworks, the IOM competencies for healthcare professionals and the Quality and Safety in Nursing (QSEN) competencies. Finally, students will be introduced to healthcare delivery concepts, such as healthcare delivery systems, healthcare policy and financing, and an overview of public health, health promotion, disease prevention, health disparities, healthcare reform, and global health.
Pre/corequisites: NR.110.303, 110.304, 110.307, and 110.313
NR.110.307 Patient Centered Care
This combined clinical and laboratory course integrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes from all of the first semester courses. Students practice competencies in assessment, communication, nursing interventions, documentation, and medication administration in a variety of clinical settings. By the end of the semester, students will apply the nursing process and selected QSEN competencies to patients from diverse backgrounds.
Pre/corequisites: NR.110.303, 110.304, 110.306, and 110.313
NR.110.313 Principles of Pathophysiology
This course presents basic knowledge of pathophysiology as utilized and applied in current nursing practice. Selected major health problems are explored, including clinical manifestations, the pathophysiology and treatments. Patient Centered Care will provide a clinical opportunity to apply this content.
* NR.110.307 Patient Centered Care has a clinical component.
Second Semester (16 credits)
NR.110.305 Nursing Care for Older Adults Across the Continuum
This course is designed to promote understanding of the aging process, the role of the nurse and implications for promoting health in the least restrictive environment. It will include discussions of geriatric syndromes, complexity of co-morbidities while managing health outcomes, implications of transitions of care in promoting health, settings of care and economic and policy implications as well as national/international models of care. Course activities are designed to enhance the student's critical thinking as it relates to holistic approaches to promoting health and independence in older adults.
Prerequisites: NR.110.303, 304, 306, 307, and 313
Corequisites: NR.110.312, 314, 315, 403
NR.110.312 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
This course focuses on the basic psychopathology of mental disorders and the theories and principles underlying nursing care of patients with alterations in mental health status. An historical perspective on the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, including a discussion of the predominant theoretical frameworks for treatment will be presented. The major psychiatric diagnoses will be defined, described, and discussed in terms of their etiology, clinical manifestations, and approaches to treatment. Psychiatric nursing as a specialty area of practice and the application of psychiatric principles across clinical populations will be emphasized. Health promotion, crisis intervention, and family and community concepts related to mental illness will be addressed. Contemporary concerns will be presented related to the impact of mental illness on family stress and burden, substance abuse, and family violence. Personal, family, societal, political, legal, and ethical considerations pertaining to mental illness will be explored.
Prerequisites: NR.110.303, 304, 306, 307, and 313
Corequisites: NR.110.314, 403
NR.110.314 Principles of Pharmacology
This course highlights the major drug classifications and the nursing management required for drug therapy. Information regarding the core drug knowledge (pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, contraindications and precautions, adverse effects, and drug interactions) are presented. Information on the core patient variables (health status, lifespan and gender, lifestyle, diet, and habits, environment, and culture) and their use in accurate patient assessment in drug therapy are also presented. Emphasis is given to the importance of nursing management in drug therapy (maximizing therapeutic effect, minimizing adverse effects, and patient and family education). The course content provides the foundation of basic pharmacology necessary for a nurse in general practice.
Pre/corequisites: NR.110. 304 and 313
NR.110.315 Nursing for Adult Health I
This course concentrates on the theoretical and clinical application of the healthcare principles involved in the assessment, planning and implementation of the nursing process appropriate for adults with various health problems in the acute care setting. The health status of the American population will be addressed with emphasis on the impact of major diseases as identified in Healthy People 2020. The course will focus on developing skills in problem-solving, clinical judgment, critical thinking so that students may function as a beginning member of the healthcare team in the provision of interdisciplinary care for a variety of patient situations.
Prerequisites: NR.110.303, 304, 306, 307, and 313
Corequisites: NR.110.314, 312
NR.110.403 The Research Process in Nursing
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the scientific process with emphasis on its application in nursing. The steps of the research process will be presented as well as the major research designs, including experimental and quasi-experimental studies, surveys, descriptive and qualitative designs. Students will review and critique selected nursing research studies. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the logical process of research, on the scientific rigor necessary for carrying out studies of nursing interest, and on critically reading and using nursing research in nursing practice.
* NR.110.312 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and NR.110.315 Nursing for Adult Health I have a clinical component.
Third Semester (14 credits)
NR.110.401 Nursing for Adult Health II
This course concentrates on the theories underlying the principles involved in the planning and implementation of nursing interventions appropriate for adults with various complex health problems. The health status of the American population will be addressed with emphasis on the impact of major diseases of the individual, the family, and the community. The course will focus on developing skills in problem-solving and clinical judgment so that students may function successfully in a variety of patient situations, including those where: (a) rapidly changing situations predominate and (b) the aging process and the health problems of advancing age predominate. In an acute inpatient setting, students will assess, analyze, plan, implement, and evaluate the nursing care of adult patients under direct supervision. Comprehensive nursing care for patients with a wide range of disorders will be addressed as well as the need for patient teaching and continuity of care as the patients returns to the community.
NR.110.402 Nursing for Child Health
In this course, the student will study the unique health and developmental needs of neonates, infants, children and adolescents. This course is designed to develop perspectives on wellness and illness in children emphasizing family-centered care that incorporates screening, teaching, and health counseling. There is a strong health promotion focus across settings. The student will use the nursing process to provide comprehensive care to children in diverse settings across the care continuum. Health issues specific to children and health issues expressed in unique ways in children will be emphasized. Integration and application of child development knowledge is a requirement of this course. Clinical practice consists of seven weeks of instructor-supervised patient care of children and their families. Clinical practice in ambulatory settings and simulation experiences are offered.
NR.110.404 Information Technology in Nursing
Students will be formally introduced to information technology in nursing, health, and healthcare. They will develop an understanding of the foundations of applied informatics and the basic concepts of informatics science. Focused upon gaining foundational informatics literacy, this course is not designed to teach how to use information technology. Instead, this course is designed to prepare students to critically analyze and synthesize the application of healthcare information technology in professional nursing practice. Nursing 404 builds on the previous clinical experience of the student.
Prerequisites: NR.110.303 through 110.315
NR.110.411 Nursing the Childbearing Family
The course introduces the student to contemporary perspectives of health care of women during normal pregnancy, the intrapartal and postpartal periods. Course content will incorporate the growth and development of the fetus and the needs of the mother for health teaching and nutritional care during the entire childbearing experience. Emphasis is placed on the nursing aspects of care for the mother and her infant within the family context. Health problems, ethical and contemporary issues related to pregnancy and selected high-risk situations will be addressed. Maternal-infant interaction and family bonding will be emphasized. Continuity of care is stressed as the mother and child return to the home and the community.
* NR.110.401 Nursing for Adult Health II, NR.110.402 Nursing for Child Health, and NR.110.411 have a clinical component.
Fourth Semester (12 credits)
NR.110.405 Public Health Nursing
This course emphasizes the theories and practice of public health nursing. The focus of care is on populations, and the provision of care includes individuals, families, communities, aggregates, systems and populations. Students are introduced to the roles of public health nurses and integrate previous clinical courses into this 4th semester course. Students synthesize their nursing education and apply new skills and knowledge towards a population perspective. The course emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention, using the public health sciences of epidemiology, environmental health, health policy, community assessment, and community interventions. The three core public health functions assurance, assessment, and policy development are used as a framework. Important current topics are presented to illustrate public health nursing concepts. The Public Health Nursing Interventions Wheel is the framework used to describe interventions for nursing practice.
The clinical component of this course provides students with an opportunity to apply social and public health sciences to individuals, communities, systems, and populations, across all ages. A variety of clinical settings are used to give students a broad and comprehensive perspective of public health nursing interventions. The practice of this course includes home visits, care of families, collaboration with community agencies, and community interventions. Students complete a community assessment and intervention project. The Public Health Nursing Interventions Wheel framework is used to guide interventions aimed to improve the health of populations.
NR.110.407 Transitions into Professional Practice
This course will assist students in the integration of theory and practice as they approach the completion of the nursing major and transition into the role of professional nurse. The theory section of the course focuses on personal leadership and the associated skills and knowledge to practice as a contemporary professional nurse. Specific areas for knowledge and skill building for clinical leadership include: healthcare organizations and organizational structures; organizational "fit"; communication and teamwork; legal and ethical responsibilities; delegation; conflict identification and resolution; change agent; health care costs and unit based financial management; change and quality improvement; consumer relationships; the culture of safety; workplace issues; and role transition from graduate to professional nurse.
Prerequisites: NR 110.303 through 110.404 and 110.411
NR.110.408 Transitions Practicum
Students complete 168 clinical hours with a preceptor from the assigned facility and under faculty guidance. Emphasis is placed on the synthesis of previous coursework and knowledge as students perform the role of an entry-level professional nurse. Clinical goals include development of independence in nursing practice, skill in clinical decision making, and application of nursing leadership and management theory and skills.
Prerequisites: NR 110.303 through 110.405 and 110.411
Pre/corequisites: NR.110.407 and 110.410
* NR.110.410 Seminars in Nursing is also required for the final semester, topic is chosen by student.
Tuition and Other Costs
|Billed Expenses (May 2013 - July 2014)|
|Tuition: ||$67,344* (for entire 13-month program)|
|Matriculation fee: ||$500 (onetime only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)|
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Estimated Other Expenses***
|Room and Board:||$19,124|
|Personal Expenses:||up to $2,100|
|Travel Expenses: ||up to $5,236|
*Full-time: 12 credit hours per semester
**All students must have health coverage. Purchase of the School’s plan is optional.
***Amounts for other expenses vary based upon student's selection of books, supplies, and living arrangements.
Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
The Office of Student Financial Services is available to provide counseling on financing opportunities to ensure that students are able to pursue their educational goals.
The School of Nursing participates in several financial aid programs that can help to pay education expenses, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work study. Students typically fund their studies through a combination of these sources.
Scholarships & Grants
Grants are awards based on financial need that do not have to be repaid. Many students also benefit from scholarships and awards based on merit. More
Many students will avail themselves of loans to help finance their School of Nursing Education. If necessary, we encourage you to borrow only what is absolutely essential to cover your educational costs. More
Many students locate part-time employment to help pay education expenses. Numerous positions are available on campus and within various community based organizations. These jobs provide students with opportunities to gain practical work experience. Most positions are funded through the Federal Work-Study Program. More
Other Funding Sources
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