Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing offers the following policy guidelines. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.
Students placed on probation must regain the status of good standing within the next academic semester in which they are enrolled. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the School.
The University reserves the right to dismiss any students who do not maintain the required standards of scholarship, or whose continuance in the School of Nursing would be detrimental to their health or to the health of others, or whose conduct or clinical performance demonstrates a lack of fitness for a health profession.
Add/drop courses by the end of the second week of classes. Submit Add/Drop Form
All students are assigned an advisor to serve as a resource for information gathering, decision making, and program progression.
Students expected to attend all classes, clinical practice sessions, and clinical conferences and are responsible for all content presented. If illness or other special circumstances prevent clinical practice attendance, students are responsible for contacting the instructor as soon as possible to determine how to make-up work. Clinical experiences are carefully planned in advance of the course and substitutions/make-up experiences may not be possible.
Instructor and advisor approval is necessary to audit courses and must be submitted to the Registrar's Office. Audited courses are displayed on academic records as "AU" and do not impact GPA.
If minimum course enrollment is not met, students will be sent a cancellation notice and have the option to enroll in another course with the academic advisor's approval.
Nursing courses are sequential and build on previously acquired knowledge and skills. Baccalaureate students must pass both clinical and theory components of each nursing course in order to proceed in the program. Students without a passing grade cannot progress to the next course. Students with less than 70% in theory or fail the clinical component are reviewed by the Academic Progressions Committee to determine their school status.
Admission to any School of Nursing academic program or other clinical or research postdoctoral fellowships are conditional upon review of prospective students or fellows criminal background. The University reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission or appointment to any educational or training program to any individual whose background investigation reveals a history of criminal conduct that:
The University reasonably determines increases the risk of harm to patients or individuals on Johns Hopkins premises or on any premise where a student may be engaged in clinical experiences required by the academic program
Was not accurately disclosed in response to a direct question regarding criminal history on any application for admission or appointment in connection with the program
Is inconsistent with the high standard of ethical conduct required of all members of the academic community or is otherwise unbefitting a member of the academic community
All offers of admission to academic programs or appointments to clinical or research fellowships are specifically conditioned upon a criminal background investigation.
Background investigations are carried out by the University or an agency acting on its behalf. The Office of Admissions and Student Services in the case of prospective nursing students and program directors in the case of clinical and research fellowships are responsible for obtaining written authorizations from individuals who have received conditional offers of selection to their educational program in the form established by the University and/or the agency.
Background investigations consist of name and social security number verification, U.S. address confirmation over the last seven years, and disclosure of any felony and/or misdemeanor convictions for the seven year period immediately prior to the offer of appointment, including sexual offenses. Only convictions will be reported.
If the report reveals a discrepancy in name, social security number or addresses or discloses a conviction for a felony and/or misdemeanor or sexual offense in the past seven years, the University will make a copy of the report available to the individual. The individual will be permitted to provide the University with any additional information s/he wishes the University to consider concerning the information disclosed prior to the University’s making a decision whether to withdraw the offer of admission or appointment.
In the case of prospective nursing students, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the appropriate Admissions Committee, with advice from the Vice President and General Counsel of the University or his designee, will make the final decision as to whether the offer is to be withdrawn. In the case of prospective clinical or research fellows, the faculty preceptor and the Associate Dean for Research, with advice from the Vice President and General Counsel of the University or his designee, will make the final decision as to whether the appointment is to be withdrawn.
The ethics policy is based on the School's shared core values. All School of Nursing students, faculty, and staff should hold themselves and others to the highest standards. Each student is obligated to refrain from violating academic and professional nursing ethics principles and non-academic standards of conduct. Ethics Policy
Admission to the accelerated second degree option, including the Accelerated BS-to-MSN with Paid Clinical Residency program, is based on full-time study only.
Students may enroll either full-time or part-time in any semester. The School reserves the right to limit the number of matriculating students. It is possible to complete a single degree in three semesters of full-time study. Joint degrees may be completed in five semesters of full-time study. Study must be completed within five years from the date of matriculation.
Full-time PhD study is highly recommended. All students must complete the Johns Hopkins University residency requirement of two consecutive semesters, fall and spring, full-time study (9 credits per semester). The program must be completed within seven years from date of matriculation.
The following grading system is used by all faculty in submitting grades:
A+: 4.0 | A: 4.0 | A-: 3.7 | B+: 3.3 | B: 3.0 | B-: 2.7 | C+: 2.3 | C: 2.0 | C-: 1.7
D+: 1.3 | D: 1.0 | D-: 0.7 | F: 0.0
I: Incomplete | P: Pass (for pass/fail grading only) | WP: Withdraw passing | WF: Withdraw failing
Grade reports are available via ISIS after the end of each term for all students. The ratio of clinical hours to credit is 4 to 1; theory hours to credit hours is 1 to 1. Elective graduate courses may be taken on a pass/fail basis.
Applications for graduation must be received by the Registrar's Office by February 1. The application must be completed by every degree or certificate program student expecting to graduate in May at the end of the academic year regardless of when the requirements are completed. For the baccalaureate accelerated program students and graduate students (graduating in July, August or December), the same guidelines apply.
To be approved for graduation, the student must:
Complete the requirements for the nursing major applicable to the graduating class. Second-degree students must complete the upper-division major (56 credits)
Achieve at least a 70% in all the courses of the major
Pay all fees and charges, including any campus traffic and parking fines
Complete and submit an Application for Graduation to the Office of the Registrar by February 1
To qualify for the Master of Science in Nursing degree, candidates must complete the credits prescribed for the particular program in which they are enrolled.
Completion of 51 credits in core and specialty courses
Minimum of two consecutive semesters of registration as a full-time resident graduate student
At least 9 credit hours of course work taken outside the School of Nursing
Completion of dissertation
Two examinations are required. A comprehensive examination will be taken to determine readiness to undertake research following completion of course work. The preliminary oral examination is based on the dissertation proposal and is designated as the Graduate Board Oral -Examination. The final oral examination is the dissertation defense.
In compliance with the federal Student Right-to-Know Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-542, Sec 668.46), Johns Hopkins University provides the following information to prospective and currently enrolled in the School of Nursing:
Students entering accelerated program in June 2011: 98.3%
Students entering traditional program in September 2010: 98.1%
Consistently greater than 90%
Master's students entering in 2007 and completing the program within 5 years: 88.3%
Average for first-time text takers: greater than 90%
The following honor pledge is included and signed on each examination and assignment:
"On my honor, I pledge that I have neither given nor received any unauthorized assistance on this (exam), (assignment), (care plan), (paper), (project)."
Opportunities for independent study are available for nursing elective credit. Any student interested should seek the advice and approval of his/her academic adviser. Students may then approach faculty in the appropriate area for guidance in designing and receiving approval for such a course. A member of the nursing faculty will work with the student to monitor and assign coursework. Apply for Independent Study
To submit a leave of absence or withdrawal, the following steps should be taken:
Meet with your academic advisor and obtain advisor’s signature
Write a letter of intent to withdraw or request a leave of absence addressed to the appropriate program director and obtain their signature
Obtain clearance signature from the School's Financial Aid Office
Submit the completed form to the Registrar’s Office with your Hopkins ID badge and the letter of intent
Note: PhD students must process the appropriate leave of absence paperwork with the Graduate Board in addition to that required by the School of Nursing
A partial refund of payments will be made to students withdrawing of their own accord as follows:
Percentages are calculated from the date the student submits a written statement of withdrawal. No refund will be granted to students suspended or dismissed for disciplinary reasons.
If a student is called to active military duty, they must inform her/his academic adviser and the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services. The student must also complete a notice of leave of absence.
Upon returning to the School of Nursing, the student will resume her/his education without penalty of additional tuition charges or repeating completed course work for courses interrupted by active duty.
As a requirement of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (amended) and in an effort to assist in ensuring the safety of our residential students, Johns Hopkins University has established a missing student notification policy that requires the University to alert an emergency contact designated by the student and/or the student’s parents as well as local law enforcement if the student has been missing for more than 24 hours.
All students are asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact person with the information that is collected by the Registrar’s Office. This information is accessible to authorized campus officials who have the responsibility of notification and law enforcement officers in furtherance of a missing person investigation. The following procedures apply to all notifications:
If an individual becomes aware that a residential student has been missing for more than 24 hours they should immediately report the situation to Corporate Security at 410-955-5588. A security officer is available to respond to a call 24/7 and will initiate contact with the Associate Dean of Student Affairs who will make the other necessary contacts to initiate action by Corporate Security and other law enforcement officials.
Corporate Security Officers will gather the details of the situation and inform the Associate Dean of Student Affairs so that the designated emergency contact can be notified as soon as possible.
In the case that the missing student is under the age of 18 and not emancipated, their parent(s) or guardian(s) will be notified as well.
Local law enforcement will be notified in all cases even if the student has not provided an emergency contact and the University will provide the necessary information to assist in locating the missing student.
Individuals who are concerned about someone who has not been missing for 24 hours but has failed to return to his/her residence are also encouraged to contact Corporate Security.
If the circumstances related to a student’s disappearance appear to be related to foul play, i.e., kidnapping or other criminal acts, then the appropriate notifications and actions should be initiated immediately, even if the student has been missing for less than 24 hours.
Clinical practice is an essential component of a nursing education. During clinical practice, nursing students apply the knowledge and skills obtained from the didactic portion of courses to actual patient care. Successful completion of the clinical component of the curriculum is a mandatory requirement for graduation. Failure to complete the required clinical hours may seriously hamper the student’s ability to meet course objectives and may result in failure of the course. Therefore, absences from clinical practice are closely monitored by faculty and should occur only in rare circumstances.
To ensure that students successfully complete this requirement, clinical faculty supervises and evaluates students during clinical practice. Faculty reserve the right to impose penalties for missed clinical time, including, but not limited to clinical warning, clinical failure or need to make up clinical time. In some instances, clinical makeup fees may be charged to the student.
If a clinical instructor determines that a student is unable to provide appropriate care for any reason (e.g., lack of preparation, a physical illness, emotional distress, etc.) during clinical practice, the clinical instructor, in consultation with the course coordinator:
May remove the student from the clinical area if deemed appropriate
May refer the student for treatment or assistance, if deemed appropriate
Documents the situation and copies the course coordinator
Follows up with the student to ensure safe return to the clinical area
Uses the Associate Dean for Student Affairs as a resource to the clinical instructor/course coordinator as needed
If a student is late for an assigned clinical practicum, the student:
Notifies the clinical instructor as soon as possible by phone prior to the start of clinical practice
Explains the reason for lateness to the clinical instructor upon arrival at the clinical site
Completes any assignments deemed necessary by the clinical instructor or course coordinator to ensure course objectives are fulfilled
If a student misses a clinical day due to illness or emergency, the student:
Notifies the clinical instructor as soon as possible by phone prior to the start of clinical practice
Submits a letter of explanation for the absence to the clinical instructor and the course coordinator before the next clinical day or within 24 hours of return to the School. The letter may be accompanied by documentation (e.g., letter from University Health Services or a physician), if applicable, including any restrictions on returning to clinical practice
Completes any assignments deemed necessary by the course coordinator to ensure that course objectives are fulfilled
A student may return to clinical practice after an absence when, in the judgment of the clinical instructor or course coordinator, the student is able to provide appropriate care without jeopardizing anyone’s safety.
The pass/fail option may be selected for some baccalaureate elective courses. This option must be selected within 6 weeks of the start of the semester. Pass/Fail is an option for graduate students for elective courses only. MSN/MPH students may take some Bloomberg School of Public Health courses pass/fail.
All matriculated students must present appropriate documentation of medical history, physical examination, immunization status and tuberculosis screening before they are permitted to register for classes and attend clinicals. Pre-entrance Health Form
All students must register for classes at the beginning of each term in accordance with instructions sent via email from the Registrar's Office before the registration period each term. If you do not receive this notification prior to the registration period, you should contact the Registrar's Office immediately.
Students who fail to register until after the prescribed registration period will be required to pay a late registration fee before registration is finalized.
All students must have the approval of their assigned academic advisor and all holds must be resolved before registration. Students will not be allowed to register if there are unpaid bills such as tuition from a previous term. Student are required to pay tuition or make financial arrangements with the Student Accounts Office before registering for a given term. Registration will also be blocked if a student is not in compliance with health insurance and student health requirements.
Students who have not officially registered may not attend class, use the following guidelines to complete course registration for any semester:
Register each semester for both School of Nursing and courses offered by other University divisions, all holds (alerts) must be resolved before registering
Schedule advisor appointments during the listed advising period and they will release the advising hold in ISIS preventing you from registering View Academic Calendar
Be sure you have completed all prereqs before registering
Fee is assessed for late registration (continuing degree program students only)
Contact the Registrar's Office at 410-614-3096 if you are unable to register by the deadline
Audit courses by obtaining both the course instructor's permission and approval of his/her academic advisor More
Clinical Placements: Graduate students requiring placement in a clinical site must complete a clinical placement form.
Should any difficulty be encountered during this process, contact the Registrar’s Office immediately. Special non-degree students may register for a course up to the first day of meeting for the course.
Note: Students are required to notify the Registrar’s Office to drop/withdrawal from courses. Failure to attend class will not result in automatic withdrawal and cancellation of your bill.
Graduate students must achieve a B (3.0) grade point average for the entire program. A graduate student must receive a grade of B or better in all clinical courses and the clinical component of combined courses. One C in any course, a failure in any course or a GPA of less than 3.0 will be referred to the Progression Committee for action, as will students in joint programs who do not meet progression requirements in both schools.
Students with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing who are not matriculated in any graduate program. They are permitted to enroll in selected graduate courses at the School of Nursing. They may or may not intend to apply for admission to one of the graduate degree programs. The maximum number of credits that may be taken and applied to a matriculated program is six.
Students interested in enrolling in a prerequisite or baccalaureate course in nursing and are not matriculated in any baccalaureate degree program. They may or may not intend to apply to the baccalaureate degree program. The maximum number of credits that may be taken and applied to a matriculated program is six.
Students registering as a special student must provide proof of satisfactory completion of a baccalaureate degree for master’s courses and a master’s degree for doctoral courses. Undergraduate special students must provide proof of satisfactory completion of the prerequisites for the upper-division nursing major. Exceptions to this rule include courses in Nutrition, Human Growth and Development, and Biostatistics. This proof may take the form of an official transcript, a diploma, or a letter from a university official, and must be submitted to the Registrar's Office within the first semester of enrollment at the School of Nursing.
Special students may not enroll in any clinical courses. Courses available to special students are designated in the course listings with an asterisk by the course number (e.g. 110.500*).
The maximum number of credits that can be accrued by an undergraduate or a graduate special student is six. Special students may apply for admission to a degree program at any time before completing 6 credits but will not be allowed to take courses beyond the 6 credit limit without being matriculated into a program or obtaining permission from the appropriate program director.
There is no guarantee that applicants who have taken courses as a special student will be admitted to a degree program. All applicants to a degree program must meet the admission requirements outlined in the School of Nursing catalog.
Graduate special students should contact the Director of Master's Program for advisement prior to registration.
Students who want transcripts of their academic records at the School of Nursing or who want them forwarded elsewhere should submit a written request to the Office of the Registrar three business days before the transcript is needed. Partial transcripts of a student's record will not be issued. Transcripts are issued only at the written request or consent of the student. The only exception to this policy is the issuance of transcripts to other offices or departments within the University.
Official transcripts of work at other institutions that the student has presented for admission or evaluation of credit become the property of the university and cannot be copied or reissued. If a transcript of this work is needed, the student must get it directly from the institution concerned.
Those who graduated from 1986 to the present, should submit a written request to:
525 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
Include your full name, date of birth, dates of attendance, number and type (official or unofficial) of transcripts needed, how many transcripts needed (limit 5), name and address of the transcript destination, a contact phone number, and your signature. There is no charge for obtaining a transcript. The request can be mailed, faxed to 410-614-7087, or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 410-614-3096 if additional information is needed. Submit Request
Those who graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Health Administration send your transcript to:
Johns Hopkins University
Registrar’s Office –Transcripts
75 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Those who graduated from The Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing from 1945-1976 should contact the Nursing Administration Department, located in Room 220 of the Billings Building, at 410-955-4312.
For the master’s program, advanced standing is granted on an individual basis after acceptance and is based on equivalent content (for required courses), credit allotment, and satisfactory completion of courses. Up to 6 credits of graduate course work taken at the Johns Hopkins University or elsewhere will be accepted for advanced standing. Graduate work to be accepted must have been completed within the last five years. Coursework at the undergraduate level will not be considered for advanced standing credit.
Graduate students who wish to petition for permission to substitute a course from another college or university for a required School of Nursing course must submit the request in writing to the Graduate Admissions Committee along with the complete course syllabus, bibliography, faculty name, and student’s return address. The material is then reviewed by the faculty member responsible for the course for which substitution is requested. The faculty instructor returns the material to the Admissions Committee with a recommendation regarding its acceptability for substitution. Final decision is made by the Admissions Committee which notifies the student, faculty advisor, Registrar, and course instructor.
All students are required to submit evidence of the following immunizations and/or screening tests prior to matriculation:
Measles (Rubeola) – Two doses must be documented for students born in 1957 or later; one dose must be documented for students born before 1957 and date of positive titer;
Rubella (German measles) – Two doses must be documented for students born in 1957 or later; one dose must be documented for students born before 1957 and date of positive titer;
Mumps – Two doses must be documented for students born in 1957 or later; one dose must be documented for students born before 1957 and date of positive titer;
Tuberculosis – Must be screened for tuberculosis with a PPD test in the 90 days prior to enrollment and yearly thereafter; Students who have received the BCG vaccine in childhood are not exempt from this requirement. The only exceptions are (1) a prior history of TB, (2) a prior positive PPD or (3) administration of BCG vaccination within the last 12 months;
Hepatitis B – series of 3 injections and date of positive titer;
Varicella (Chickenpox) – 2 doses required
Johns Hopkins University is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission for the training of veterans and the widows and children of deceased veterans under the provisions of the various federal laws pertaining to veterans’ benefits. Information about veterans’ benefits and enrollment procedures may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. Veterans Administration
Students eligible for veterans’ benefits (except those receiving Chapter 33/Post 911) register and pay their University bills in the same manner as nonveteran students. Reimbursement is made by the Department of Veterans Affairs on a monthly basis. The amount of reimbursement is governed by the student’s program and number of dependents and is based on the following:
12 credits per term, full time
9-11 credits per term, three-quarter time
6-8 credits per term, one-half time
1-5 credits per term, one-quarter time
In all the above cases, payments cover only a portion of assigned fees. The student can obtain information and the forms on how to apply for benefits (VA 22-1990) if using benefits for the first time, or how to continue receiving benefits if previously used at another educational institution (VA 22-1995) from theVeterans Administration website. A "Certificate of Eligibility" will be received once the amount of benefit eligibility is determined. When received, the Registrar's Office will need a copy for the record.
Students eligible for Post 911, Chapter 33 veterans' benefits register in the same manner as non-veteran students. A partial tuition payment is made by the Department of Veterans Affairs directly to the university. The amount of payment is governed by the student's eligibility established by the VA. The student is responsible for the remaining tuition.
Continuation of VA payments depends on the student meeting the University's academic standards for all students. The student's must also meet any standards of progress which may be established by VA regulations.
Students utilizing veterans' benefits must let the Certifying Official know immediately of any change in their status or program that might affect the amount of their payment from the VA. If they fail to do so, the Department of Veterans Affairs will seek reimbursement from the student for any overpayment.