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Health Systems MNGT/Clinical Nurse Specialist (onsite & online)

Impacting Healthcare Environments
Sharon Allen
"The program opened up my eyes to see so much more than just clinical nursing"
Sharon Allen , MSN '05, CCRC, RN

Nearly three decades into her nursing career, Sharon Allan decided to pursue a master's degree. She had worked at Johns Hopkins since 1976 and decided to attend nursing school there for the "diversity, ethics, and cutting-edge approach." The HSM/CNS dual track turned out to be the best of both worlds.

Read Sharon's Story
  • Program

    Program Overview

    The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing HSM/CNS master's program prepares the graduate to manage the entire spectrum of healthcare: design, change management, implementation, and evaluation. With practical experience in direct patient and family care, nurses stand uniquely prepared to serve as leaders and managers in the constantly evolving environment of healthcare management and delivery.

    For this master's program, renowned Hopkins faculty have developed a curriculum that responds to your combined interests in adult or pediatric patient care and improved management of healthcare systems. With the Hopkins medical institutions as your classroom, you will develop a strategic understanding of organizational management philosophy and techniques to ensure the safe and effective nursing care of patients.

    Those who earn a master's of science degree in health systems management/clinical nurse specialist:

    • Occupy positions as business and policy analysts; and as managers in pharmaceutical, consulting, and insurance companies, healthcare systems, and nonprofit and government agencies
    • Evaluate and manage the fiscal health of institutions to provide the best nursing care within budget
    • Collaborate with administrative and healthcare staff across departments to coordinate patient services
    • Regulate change in the clinical environment and the healthcare delivery system effectively
    • Are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Program

    Program Requirements

    Students may apply for full- or part-time study.

    The school seeks individuals who will bring to the student body the qualities of scholarship, motivation, and commitment. The Admissions Committee is interested in each applicant as an individual and will consider both academic potential and personal qualities. Therefore, school records, test scores, recommendations, and essays about goals and interests are important.

    Recommendations about a student's character, intellectual curiosity, seriousness of purpose, and range of extracurricular activities are considered.

    Selection factors include:

    • Bachelor of Science degree in nursing
    • Scholastic Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university
    • GRE scores within the past five years (MSN/MPH applicants only). Our GRE school code is 5767.
    • Demonstrated commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit
    • Community service and professional commitment
    • Interview with faculty member*
    • Written expression of goals
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing licensure. Students must have or obtain Maryland Registered Nurse licensure for matriculation

    *Interview with a faculty member may or may not be requested.


    • Undergraduate Statistics

    Transfer of Credit

    Transfer of credit is granted on an individual basis. The decision is based on equivalent content (for required courses), credit allotment and satisfactory completion of courses. You may petition for permission to substitute a course from another college or university by submitting a request to the Office of Admissions and Student Services along with the complete course syllabus.

    Up to 6 credits of graduate course work taken at Johns Hopkins University or elsewhere may be accepted for transfer. Course work must have been completed within the last five years. Course work at the undergraduate level will not be considered for advanced standing credit.

  • Curriculum


    More than 500 clinical hours enable graduates to sit for national CNS certification exams.

    View Full Curriculum and Sample Courses of Study

  • Tuition

    Tuition and Other Costs

    Billed Expenses (September 2014 - May 2015)
    Tuition:  $34,824* (full-time Fall & Spring does not include summer)
    Per credit cost:  $1,451
    Matriculation fee:  $500 (onetime only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
    Health Insurance: $2,830**
    Health Fee: $450

    Estimated Other Expenses***

    Room and Board: $12,294
    Books/Supplies: $1,856
    Personal Expenses: up to $1,350
    Travel Expenses:  up to $3,366

    *Full-time: 12 credit hours per semester, $17,412.00 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.       

Application Deadline

Fall Entry
March 15

Spring Entry
September 1

Summer Entry
January 15

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