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Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Focusing on the Family
Amber Richert
"The faculty helps me make the most of my Johns Hopkins education."
Amber Richert , MSN '11, BS '09, RN

Three is a magic number for Amber Richert. In 2011, she will earn her third degree, an MSN in Family Primary Care. Richert is a world traveler who already holds bachelor's degrees in nursing and socio-cultural anthropology. "Being a nurse practitioner will fulfill my passion and allow me to use my love of people, science, and community service with my international experience," she says.

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  • Program

    Program Overview

    The Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing prepares students to provide complete, advanced care for the whole family. This master's option couples theoretical background with evidence-based clinical experiences in a wide variety of community-based practice settings.

    With unique access to respected Hopkins faculty and resources, you will develop skills in providing health assessments, direct care, and health maintenance promotion information and tools to the entire family. You will also learn to approach patient care broadly, in the context of the family's physical, emotional, mental, and sociocultural systems.

    Those who earn a master's degree for the nurse practitioner in family primary care:

    • Can address a wide range of primary care needs, write prescriptions, and order diagnostic tests
    • Apply an evidence-based, family-centered approach to diagnosing and managing common acute and chronic health problems of individuals from infancy through adulthood
    • Work in diverse practice settings such as health clinics and maintenance organizations, student health services, private medical offices, correctional facilities, and emergency rooms
    • Are prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center or National Certification Board of Family Nurse Practitioners/Nurses certification examinations as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care
  • 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.

    Additionally, applicants for the Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program

    • Will be exceptional students who are carefully chosen based on a number of factors including previous experiences. Direct care acute care experiences will be required;
    • Will be required to attend part time during their first year in the program while working as a staff nurse in a critical care unit full time (more than 36 hours per week), and will not begin NP clinical courses until their second year.


    • Undergraduate Statistics
    • Health Assessment (for NP and CNS applicants only)

    In addition to the prerequisites above, the following courses are also required for MSN/MPH applicants:

    • College level course in Quantitative Science (ex. Algebra, Calculus, Statistics)
    • General Biology
    • Health Related Science (ex. Nutrition, Anatomy, Physiology)

    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


    Beginning in September of each year, this master’s option may be completed in 20 months (5 semesters).

    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
December 1

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