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Online Prerequisites for Health Professions

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Overview

The 10-week courses are designed with students’ goals in mind. The instructor-led courses are delivered using a facilitated teaching approach to engage students and encourage interaction and participation. Courses are competitively priced and available online in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

All students pursuing a health-based education can now take the following instructor-led prerequisites all online and get a taste of Hopkins Nursing.

  • Biostatistics
  • Human Growth and Development Through the Lifespan
  • Nutrition
  • Microbiology with virtual lab
  • Anatomy with virtual lab 
  • Physiology with virtual lab

For a full list of required courses for our pre-licensure Master's Entry in Nursing program, visit the bachelor's prerequisite webpage.

Virtual labs are accepted at Hopkins Nursing, but not everywhere. Check your university and state licensure requirements for prerequisite courses. 

Why Hopkins?

  • Offered by a #1 ranked School of Nursing--a place where exceptional people discover possibilities that forever change their lives and the world
  • An introduction to the excellence of a Johns Hopkins education
  • Competitively priced within the marketplace
  • Health-focused perspective delivered through a facilitated teaching approach (participatory, interactive, engaging)
  • Instructor led, online convenience
  • 10 week format
  • Registration & Tuition

    Registration

    All prerequisite courses are available in the summer, fall, and spring semesters.

    Register Online

    • Fall 2015: August 31 - November 8
    • Spring 2016: January 19 - March 27
    • Summer 2016:  May 16 - July 24

    Registration Questions? Contact the Registrar's Office or look in our FAQS.  Returning students register through the Johns Hopkins University Student Information System.

    Students are encouraged not to enroll in more than three courses per semester and not more than two lab courses per semester. Anatomy is to be taken prior to Physiology and should not be taken in the same semester. 

    Tuition

    • $1050 per 3 credit course
    • $1400 per 4 credit course
    • $60 additional fee for Microbiology, paid directly to vendor after course begins.

    Tuition charges are due the day after registration, payable via credit card or check through Students Accounts. Nonpayment may lead to disenrollment. View course refund policy.

  • Anatomy with Lab (NR.110.204)

    Course Description

    This course will introduce components and structures of the human body at the level of gross and microscopic anatomy.  Students will learn organ localization in the body and structural features comprising the different body systems.  The body systems covered will include the skin, heart, lungs, and brain, among others.  Upon completion, students will have an understanding of normal healthy anatomy that will prepare them for professional health programs. This course includes a virtual laboratory component designed to complement lecture topics. (4 credits). 

    Required Textbooks and Course Materials

    The textbook for this course will be used for both the Anatomy and the Physiology courses. 

    Textbook:  ISBN-10: 0073403717 / ISBN-13: 978-0073403717
    Saladin, K. S. (2014) Anatomy & Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function, 7th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

    Workbook:  ISBN-10: 0073403679/ ISBN-13: 9780073403670
    Workbook to Accompany Anatomy & Physiology Revealed 3.0 

    This course uses a print or online version of the text book, access to resources within McGraw-Hill Connect, and Anatomy and Physiology Revealed. After registration is completed, an email will be sent with information about purchasing a loose-leaf version of the text book for a reduced rate as well as other course materials.

    Course Syllabus (pdf download)

  • Biostatistics (NR.110.202)

    Course Description

    An introduction to the basic concepts of statistical ideas and methods. Equips students to carry out common statistical procedures and to follow statistical reasoning in their fields of study. (3 credits)

    Course Outcomes

    1. Summarize and interpret data visually through appropriate statistical graphs.
    2. Describe density curves and the properties of the normal distributions.
    3. Examine correlations and linear relationships of explanatory and response variables.
    4. Describe sampling distributions and the central limit theorem.
    5. Discuss statistical inference using confidence intervals and tests of significance.
    6. Explain the differences among various statistical techniques and identify an appropriate technique for a given set of variables and research questions.

    Required Textbook

    ISBN-10: 1429255684 ISBN-13: 978-1429255684
    Moore, D., Notz, W., & Fligner, M. (2012). Essential Statistics. (2nd ed.). New York, NY: W.H. Freeman and Company. 

    Course Syllabus (pdf download)

  • Human Growth and Development Through the Lifespan (NR.110.201)

    Course Description

    An overview of major concepts, theories, and research related to human development through the lifespan-from the prenatal period to the end of life. (3 credits)

    Course Outcomes

    1. Analyze theoretical and conceptual frameworks and research findings related to human development through the lifespan.

    2. Apply theoretical models and research findings of human development and functioning to health and illness behaviors through the lifespan and within a variety of biological, environmental, social and cultural contexts.

    Required Textbook

    ISBN-10: 0205957609 ISBN-13: 978-0205957606
    Berk, L. (2013). Development Through the Lifespan. 6th Ed. Pearson. 

    Course Syllabus (pdf download)

  • Microbiology with Lab (NR.110.203)

    Course Description

    Introduces the core concepts and basic principles in microbiology, examining microorganisms and how they interact with humans and the environment. The course includes a virtual laboratory component designed to complement lecture topics. The course content provides the foundation of general microbiology necessary for students who are interested in applying to health profession programs (4 Credits). The lab fee is $59.95 payable to our lab partner.

    Course Outcomes

    1. Describe and differentiate among the broad classes of microorganisms, including bacteria, protozoa, fungi, helminthes, and viruses.
    2. Describe in appropriate terminology the structure, function and characteristics of prokaryotes, eukaryotes and viruses. 
    3. Explain the metabolic processes necessary for microbe survival, focusing on the different methods of energy acquisition.
    4. Describe ways microbes can cause infection and pathology in humans and apply this understanding to infection prevention and control in healthcare settings.
    5. Identify strategies employed by antimicrobial drugs and how they specifically target certain pathogens and apply this understanding to antimicrobial treatment, drug resistance and interaction with host.
    6. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in common laboratory procedures.

    Required Textbook Custom Bundle

    ISBN-10: 0073402435 / ISBN-13: 978-073402437
    Cowan, M. K. (2014). Microbiology: a systems approach (4th ed.) with McGraw-Hill Connect Plus. 

    This custom bundle includes a print copy of the text book, access to an online version of the text book, and access to resources within McGraw-Hill Connect. After registration is completed, an email will be sent with information about purchasing a loose-leaf version of the text book for a reduced rate as well as other course materials.

    Required Virtual Lab

    Information will be provided at the beginning of the course about how to register with our virtual lab partner. The fee for the virtual lab is $59.95, payable to the virtual lab vendor. 

    Course Syllabus (pdf download)

  • Nutrition (NR.110.200)

    Course Description

    A review of human nutrition science and fundamentals including changing individual and family needs, food choices, safety, prevention of chronic disease and nutrition-related public health. (3 credits)

    Course Outcomes

    1. Know the six classes of nutrients and explain their role as it relates to promoting optimal health, information on food labels, and the accuracy of statements made in popular media about nutrition.
    2. Relate the importance of good nutrition to different stages in human development and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
    3. Determine, compare and contrast the nutritional value of current eating habits to current recommendations and propose modifications to reduce the risk for developing chronic diseases.
    4. Identify strategies to eating a healthy diet in different cultural and environmental settings.

    Required Textbook

    ISBN-10: 1133603181 ISBN-13: 978-1133603184
    Sizer, F., & Whitney, E. (2013). Nutrition: Concepts and controversies. (13 ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. 

    Course Syllabus (pdf download)

  • Physiology with Lab (NR.110.205)

    Course Description

    This course will introduce the functions of several human body systems.  Students will learn how each part within a body system works together to seamlessly accomplish tasks.  We will also discuss regulation of organ function, a critical component of physiology.  After an introduction on electrolytes, the physiologic processes we will cover include cardio vasculature, lymphatics, and digestion among others.  Upon completion, students will have an understanding of normal healthy anatomical function that will prepare them for professional health programs. This course includes a virtual laboratory component designed to complement lecture topics. (4 credits). 

    Required Textbook 

    The textbook for this course will be used for both the Anatomy and the Physiology courses.

    ISBN-10: 0073403717 / ISBN-13: 978-0073403717
    Saladin, K. S. (2014) Anatomy & Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function, 7th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. 

    This course uses a print or online version of the text book, access to resources within McGraw-Hill Connect, and Anatomy and Physiology Revealed. After registration is completed, an email will be sent with information about purchasing a loose-leaf version of the text book for a reduced rate as well as other course materials.

    Course Notes

    Students are to take this course after taking an Anatomy Course, e.g., NR 110.204. It is not recommended to take this course along with Anatomy. Anatomy should be taken prior to Physiology. 

    Please note that if you've taken an Anatomy & Physiology I combined course at another institution, you should seek and complete an Anatomy & Physiology II combined course. 

    Course Syllabus (pdf download)

Apply & Register

Register  for Fall 2015

Questions? See our FAQs.

Returning students register through the JHU Student Information System.

Format

All courses are available completely online.

Quick Start Guide

Course Dates

Fall 2015
Aug. 31 - Nov. 8 (Registration open)

Spring 2016
Jan. 19 - Mar. 27

Summer 2016
May 16 - Jul. 24

Contact Information

Professional Programs
prereqs@jhu.edu

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Tuition

$350 per credit

 

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