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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Entry into Nursing

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Discover the people, places, and possibilities of nursing at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University health and medical campus. Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in another discipline and want to pursue a nursing career can enroll in a full-time graduate program to receive a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

Be the First

The first Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Entry into Nursing class enrolls in fall 2015 and will graduate in spring 2017—an opportune time for employment at the Johns Hopkins hospitals and other outstanding hospitals throughout the country and the world.

Expect Innovation

Unlike traditional MSN: Entry into Nursing programs, this program emphasizes leadership, global impact, quality and safety, and evidence-based interprofessional education. Students learn from a framework that integrates knowledge from the physical sciences, the humanities, public health, genetics, and organizational sciences into nursing practice.

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The Path to Your Destination

  • Graduates will receive enhanced bedside nursing education and training and the necessary tools to advance into a leadership role or continue toward a doctoral degree.
  • Students will have opportunities to explore their areas of interest, including global health, research, quality and safety, and practice in many specialty areas.
  • Graduates of the MSN: Entry into Nursing program will be prepared to take the nursing licensure exam, NCLEX, and be licensed as an RN.
  • Post-graduation, students can choose to enter the nursing workforce immediately or continue their studies toward an advanced practice nursing specialty or doctoral degree.
  • Scholarships and financial aid are available.
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Priority Application Deadlines

Fall Entry
January 1

Spring Entry
July 1

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Kathleen White
Kathleen White
Director, MSN: Entry into Nursing
As a nurse leader, there’s no greater feeling than knowing that your decisions will make a difference in the lives of thousands of patients.

Through the Master of Science in Nursing: Entry into Nursing program, you will gain the foundational knowledge you’ll need to lead healthcare teams and make an impact locally and across the globe.

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Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor's Degree (in a discipline other than nursing from an accredited college or university)
  • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university
  • Application Fee of $75
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (2 academic and 1 professional)
  • Official Transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • GRE scores (completed within 5 years of application date)
  • Three application essays
  • Current Resume
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not your first language

Admissions Application


In addition to a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field, applicants must complete 17-20 credits (grade B- or better) of prerequisite coursework from an accredited college or university. Students who have not taken their prerequisites can take them all online at Hopkins Nursing.

  • Anatomy with lab (3-4 credits)
  • Human Growth and Development Through the Lifespan (3 credits)
  • Microbiology with lab (3-4 credits)
  • Nutrition (2-3 credits)
  • Physiology with lab (3-4 credits)
  • Statistics1 (3 credits)

U.S. immigration regulations require that students needing an F-1 visa must successfully fulfill all prerequisites before an I-20 can be issued.   To allow sufficient time to complete all the steps in the visa process, students must submit an official transcript or official course by course evaluation with final grades (B- or higher) for all prerequisite courses to the Office of Admissions at least 3 months prior to the beginning of the term in which they wish to begin studies (October for spring term; May for fall term). 

Topics should include correlation and linear regression; experimental design such as t-tests, analysis of variance and chi-square; suggested departments: psychology, sociology, education, biology, and mathematics. Statistics courses offered by business, management, and economics departments are typically more theory-based and lack the experimental design component.


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  • First Semester (15 credits)
    • Professionalism for Nursing in Health Care; with Hopkins Nursing Seminar-Ethics and Cultural Humility (2 credits)
    • Foundations of Nursing Practice (3 credits)
    • Integrated Clinical Management:  Common Health Alterations (4 credits)
    • Health Assessment I (3 credits)
    • Pathophysiology I (3 credits)
  • Second Semester (15 credits)
    • Integrated Clinical Management:  Chronic Health Alterations (4 credits)
    • Pharmacology (3 credits)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
    • Promoting Health in Older Adults (3 credits)
    • Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Across the Lifespan; with Hopkins Nursing Seminar-Person-Centered Care and Health Care Decision Making (2 credits)
  • Third Semester (13 credits)
    • Integrated Clinical Management: Complex Health Alterations (4 credits)
    • Leadership for Professional Nursing; with Hopkins Nursing Seminar – EBP and Quality (3 credits)
    • Psychiatric Mental Health (3 credits)
    • The Research Process and its Application to Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
  • Fourth Semester (16 credits)
    • Maternal and Newborn Health (4 credits)
    • Child Health (4 credits)
    • Public Health; with Hopkins Nursing Seminar – Global Nursing and Infectious Diseases (3 credits)
    • Philosophical, Theoretical and Ethical Perspectives of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
    • Leadership for Population Health Management (2 credits)
  • Fifth Semester (12 credits)
    • Context of Health Care for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
    • Transition to  Professional Practice: Nursing Residency; With Hopkins Nursing Seminar –Crucial Conversations/Safety for Care Transitions (6 credits)
    • Elective (choose one)
      • Health Assessment II Across the Lifespan for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)
      • Pathophysiology II for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits) 
      • Additional electives may be offered


* Up to 16 credits can be applied from the JHUSON MSN: Entry into Nursing program to the DNP (Advanced Practice).
**Up to 6 credits can be applied from the JHUSON MSN: Entry into Nursing program to the PhD Program
*** Up to 9 elective credits taken at the PhD level during the JHUSON MSN: Entry into Nursing program may be applied to the PhD program

Academic Manual

Important policies, procedures, and resources for easy reference.

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(September 2016 - August 2017)

Tuition: $56,140 (full-time per year)1
Per credit cost: $1,544
Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Health Insurance: $3,6222
Health fee: $474
Total Billed Expenses: $60,736

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room and Board: $17,520
Books/Supplies: $2,784
Loan fees: $180
Personal Expenses: $1,836
Travel Expenses: $4,608
Total Other Expenses: $27,428
Total Expenses: $88,164

1Full-time: 12 credit hours 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. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I become a RN at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing?

    We offer two accelerated pre-licensure options for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in an academic area other than nursing.

    A traditional four-year baccalaureate nursing program is not offered by Johns Hopkins University. Before applying to either of the two options listed above, prospective students must currently have, or will receive before enrollment, a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing area.

  • What are the differences between the two pre-licensure options?

    There are several differences between the two options:

    • Summer-entry Accelerated Bachelor’s
      • Length:  4 continual semesters
      • Degree Upon Completion:  Bachelor's of Science with a Major in Nursing
      • Level:  Undergraduate
    • MSN: Entry into Nursing Practice
      • Length:  5 continual semesters
      • Degree Upon Completion:  Master of Science in Nursing, Generalist
      • Level:  Graduate
  • What pre-licensure program option is best for me?

    Both options prepare graduates for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and allow them to enter the nursing workforce. What you want to do after you obtain your RN license may dictate which program option you choose.

    • MSN: Entry into Nursing Practice:  Graduates can choose to enter the nursing workforce immediately after graduation or continue their studies toward an advanced practice nursing specialty or doctoral degree.  
    • Summer-entry Accelerated Bachelors:  Graduates enter the nursing workforce sooner than the Master’s Entry into Nursing graduates and are eligible to apply for the PhD program if they wish to pursue research.

    Although we support both program options, we will sunset the Summer-entry Accelerated Bachelors program, with the last cohort entering in summer 2015. The MSN: Entry into Nursing Practice program is being offered in response to increasingly complex systems and trends in healthcare, as well as recommendations published in federal and professional reports such as the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2010).

  • What opportunities await me after completing the MSN: Entry into Nursing Practice program?

    With your MSN degree in hand, you will be able to sit for the NCLEX.  Once you obtain your RN licensure, you can continue your studies in advanced nursing practice or begin employment as a RN.

  • Is there an advantage to choosing the MSN: Entry into Nursing?

    In addition to obtaining your master’s degree, the MSN: Entry into Nursing program provides the opportunity for a greater role and position flexibility in healthcare settings while allowing you to quickly move up the career ladder.

  • Can I enroll part-time in either option?

    No. Both pre-licensure options are accelerated and require a full-time commitment.

  • Are financial aid and scholarships available?
  • Are GRE scores required?

    GRE scores are required for the MSN: Entry into Nursing program.

  • When will I be eligible to sit for the NCLEX?

    Students become eligible to take the NCLEX after they complete their selected program in its entirety.

  • What options do I have for doctoral education after completing the MSN: Entry into Nursing program?

    The JHUSON offers two doctoral programs for those interested in continuing their nursing education.

    • The Doctor of Philosophy program prepares nurse scholars to develop and conduct scientific research that advances nursing practice, healthcare, and health. The PhD Program will accept up to 15 credits to be transferred into the PhD program directly from the JHUSON MSN: Entry into Nursing Program.

    • The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares nurses at the highest level of professional nursing practice for advanced roles as clinical and healthcare policy leaders. The DNP Program will accept up to 16 credits to be transferred into the DNP(Advanced Practice) program directly from the JHUSON MSN: Entry into Nursing Program.

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Funding Opportunities

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.

Find out about the new Baltimore Talent Scholarship for former Baltimore City public high school graduates admitted to the Master of Science in Nursing: Entry into Nursing program.

Scholarships & Grants



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.



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. 


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