"Even though you're doing your master's, you're very much a part of the PhD cohort."
The neglect and abuse of the elderly that Bryan Hansen saw when he worked in long-term care facilities and a medical examiner's office is "seared into my brain," he says. It's what led him to pursue a career in forensic nursing. He was interested in the Johns Hopkins Clinical Nurse Specialist program with a focus in forensic nursing, but then his Hopkins mentors suggested another option...Read More
Completed Application Deadlines
MSN deadlines vary
PhD has rolling admissions for September, January, and June entry dates
PhD Academic Manual
The MSN/PhD program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing provides avenues for motivated students to pursue exceptional careers as nurse researchers. This intensive program prepares students as clinical nurse specialists and leaders in nursing science who conduct multidisciplinary, collaborative research that advances the discipline of nursing and healthcare quality. Develop your specialty focus through MSN studies and pursue your PhD with the advanced scientific grounding, cutting-edge research training, and rare opportunities for transdisciplinary and global health research found at the preeminent Johns Hopkins medical institutions.
Those who earn a dual MSN/PhD degree in nursing:
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:
Additionally, applicants for the Clinical Nurse Specialist program
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.
Sample Courses of Study
This dual degree option may be completed in 8 semesters. More than 500 clinical hours enable graduates to sit for national CNS certification exams.
Fall I (9 credits, 3 units)
Context of Healthcare for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)
Statistical Methods in Public Health I and II (3 credits, 3 units)
Philosophical Perspectives in Health (3 credits)
Spring I (11 credits, 3 units)
Physiology/Pathophysiology I (3 credits)
Scientific Perspectives in Nursing (3 credits)
Clinical Pharmacology (3 credits)
Responsibilities of the Nurse Scientist (3 credits)
Statistical Methods in Public Health I (3 units)
Summer I (2 credits)
Program Development and Evaluation in Healthcare (2 credits)
Fall II (6 credits)
CNS Specialty Practicum I, Role Focus* (3 credits)
Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement* (2 credits)
Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement (1 credit)
Advanced Research Design I (3 credits)
Research Residency 1
Spring II (9 credits)
Advanced Research Design II (3 credits)
Grant Writing Seminar (3 credits)
Theories and Concepts for Health Behavior and Health Promotion (3 credits)
Research Residency 2
Summer II (3 credits)
CNS Specialty Practicum II* (3 credits)
Fall III (12 credits)
Outcomes Specialty Practicum III, Advanced Specialty Focus (3 credits)
Education Requirement (3 credits)
Electives (6 credits)
Research Residency 3
Spring III (7 credits)
Electives (7 credits)
Research Residency 4
Teaching Residency 1 and 2
* Course includes a clinical component