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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. The HSM/CNS dual track turned out to be the best of both worlds.

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  • Program

    Program Overview

    Prepare to manage the entire spectrum of healthcare: design, change management, implementation, and evaluation as an HSM/CNS master's student. 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


    Students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

    Available States

    The School of Nursing cannot currently enroll students in online academic programs who reside in/or plan to complete clinical practice hours in the following states:  View States

  • Program

    Program Requirements

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

    Admissions Criteria

    • Admissions application
    • Application fee of $75
    • Bachelor's of Science degree in nursing
    • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university
    • Demonstrated commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit
    • Community service and professional commitment
    • Interview with faculty member
    • Written expression of goals
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools
    • Current Resume/CV
    • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing licensure. Students must have or obtain Maryland RN licensure for matriculation.


    Transfer of Credit

    Transfer of credit is granted on an individual basis. Decisions are 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 along with the complete course syllabus.

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

    Applicants Who Have Studied Abroad

    International applicants and applicants who have completed courses outside of the United States must submit:

    More information for international applicants
    Office of International Student, Faculty, and Staff Services

  • 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:  $34,8241 (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: $2,8302
    Health Fee: $450

    Estimated Other Expenses3

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

    1Full-time: 12 credit hours per semester, $17,412.00 per semester
    2All students must have health coverage.  Purchase of the School’s plan is optional.
    3Amounts for other expenses vary based upon student's selection of books, supplies, and living arrangements.

    Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice.       

  • Funding

    Funding Opportunities

    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

    Employment Opportunities

    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

    We encourage students to seek outside funding opportunities. Information can be obtained from library resource books and professional organizations and alumni organizations.  More

Application Deadline

Fall Entry
January 1

Spring Entry
September 1

Summer Entry
November 1

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