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Academic Policies

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing offers the following policy guidelines. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.

We will be sun-setting and teaching-out the Accelerated Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing programs.  The last cohort will start in June 2015.  All students admitted to the last Accelerated Bachelor of Science who select to enroll will be unable to defer enrollment.  All enrolling students will be expected to start this program in June of 2015, attend as a full-time student, and graduate in July of 2016.

University Policies/Procedures

School of Nursing Policies/Procedures

  • Academic Difficulty

    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 Course

    Add/drop courses by the end of the second week of classes. Submit Add/Drop Form

  • Advising

    All students are assigned an advisor to serve as a resource for information gathering, decision making, and program progression.

  • Attendance

    Students are 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.

  • Auditing a Course

    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.

  • Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure


    • a percutaneous injury (e.g. needlestick or cut with a sharp object) involving blood, tissue or other body fluids (see definitions below) or
    • contact of a mucous membrane or non-intact skin (e.g., the skin is chapped, abraded, or afflicted with dermatitis) with blood, tissue or other body fluids or
    • contact of blood, tissue or other body fluids with intact skin when the duration of contact is prolonged (i.e., several minutes or more) or involves an extensive area, or
    • direct contact (i.e., without or with ineffective barrier protection) to concentrated HIV in a research or production facility
    Body Fluids Associated with HIV
    • blood, semen, vaginal secretions, or other body fluids contaminated with visible blood that have been implicated in the transmission of HIV infection (including saliva with visible blood but excluding tears, sweat, nonbloody urine or feces, and human breast milk in occupational settings)
    • cerebrospinal, synovial, pleural, peritoneal, pericardial or amniotic fluids, which have an undetermined risk for transmitting HIV
    Body Fluids Associated with HBV or HCV
    • see HIV Body Fluids above
    • saliva, sputum, or vomitus
    • Post Exposure Prophylaxis which usually includes a 28-day regimen of AZT (associated with a 79% decrease in HIV transmission), 3TC, and a protease inhibitor if indicated.
    HBV PEP 
    • may include HBIG (hepatitis B immune globulin) for short term, immediate protection when titer is unknown and risk is high; and HBV vaccine (if unvaccinated or negative titer)

    • no current recommendations - do not give IG (old recommendation)

    HIV High Risk Sources
    • infected patient with initial acute infection
    • infected patient with terminal illness
    • infected patient with high viral load
    • injection drug user
    • hemophiliac (receipt of blood or blood products before 1985)
    • homosexual/bisexual
    • unprotected sexual contact with multiple partners
    • sexual partner of any of the above
    HBV and HCV High Risk Sources
    • see above plus hemodialysis patients
    • transfusion recipients (prior to 1985 or receipt of multiple recent transfusions)
    High Risk Factors for Transmission of Any Bloodborne Pathogen
    • Device is visibly contaminated with blood
    • Procedure where device was placed directly in a vein or an artery
    • Deep injury
    • Injury with a hollow bore needle
    • Exposure involving a large volume of blood

    Key Questions about Bloodborne Exposures

    Exposure-Related Questions
    • Was wound treated immediately? How? (recommend washing wounds with soap & water, flushing mucous membranes with sterile water, or sending to ED if necessary)
    • Did an exposure occur? (see above definitions) When? (if > 72 hrs ago, HIV PEP is not necessary, but f/u is still needed; optimal HIV PEP is within 1-2 hrs How? (include activity, part of body, type of device, amount of fluid, severity or depth of exposure)
    Source-Related Questions
    • Is source (patient or other source) known? (if no information on source, HIV PEP is not necessary, but f/u is still needed). If known, what is patient's name and history or social security number?
    • Is patient HBV positive (surface antigen, e-antigen, surface or core antibody)? Date and test results?
    • Is patient HCV positive (antibody)? Date and test results?
    • Is patient HIV positive (western blot)? Date and test results?
    • If untested (or testing is > 4 weeks old), is patient available for testing? Name and phone number(s) of "order writing" person(s)? Was written consent for HIV obtained from patient?
    • Is patient high risk for HBV, HCV or HIV (see definitions)?
    Student-Related Questions
    • Has student had the HBV vaccine? Dates (3) of vaccine? Does student have a positive HBV titer? Date of titer?
    • When was student's last tetanus vaccine?
    • Is student willing to consider testing for HBV, HCV, and/or HIV? Give student copy of Exposure Booklet. If source patient is asked to consent, the exposed Health Care Worker must consent to have HIV testing (MD law).
    • Does student want to hear about PEP options? (student should consider pregnancy status, history of renal or hepatic disease, current medications, other immunosuppressive medical conditions, toxicity of PEP medications, risk of transmission, lethality of diseases, etc.)
  • Cancelled Courses

    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.

  • Credit Hour Policy

    The Johns Hopkins University’s nine academic divisions operate under a combination of semester credit hour systems, quarter hour systems, and alternative systems with equivalent measures wherein credit hours are not awarded. The Credit Hour Policy codifies practices across JHU schools regarding course contact hours and out-of-class student work in accordance with Federal, State, and accreditation guidelines, as well as licensure requirements for many disciplines.


    JHU defines a credit hour as a reasonable approximation of the student learning outcome equivalency of an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that reasonably approximates not less than, at a minimum, the federal definition:

    1. One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or 10 to 12 weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or
    2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

    Programs operating outside the credit hour system administratively establish equivalencies that can be used for financial aid awards, transferring course work to other schools, state reporting requirements, and other external purposes. Each JHU academic division has internal procedures for ensuring these credit hour conversions are applied and reviewed on a regular basis. The Credit Hour Policy applies equally to courses of varying credits, duration, and modes of instruction.

    Procedures for Assignment of Credit Hours

    1. Course developers are to ensure that the quantity of student learning required per credit is the equivalent of 15 hours of coursework through activities that address and demonstrate student competency in the defined learning outcomes; and draw upon recommended instructional practices identified by each department’s faculty.
    2. Student learning outcome equivalencies are to be based on documented qualitative and quantitative expectations for:
      1. Time required of students to complete assigned learning activities, taking into account expectations based on degree level, discipline, and weight in students’ final course grade;
      2. Time required of students to read and understand content developed by course faculty, excluding time required to read assignments in a course syllabus;
      3. Time required of course faculty to respond to student questions received via e-mail, posted in the online classroom, and/or discussed in the online class chat room; and
      4. Time required of course faculty and students to participate in online conference activities; and
      5. Time required of students to participate in clinical learning activities, internships, student teaching, practica, studio work, etc.
    3. Student learning outcome equivalencies reflect differences in delivery methods, type of instruction and interaction, degree of supervision, measurements of student work, academic disciplines, academic calendars, and degree levels.
    4. Each school is responsible for demonstrating that these requirements are met for both courses composed of seat-time and other alternative delivery methods.
    5. The length of academic terms is defined by each school. Recommendations on the length and number of class meetings per week are also established by each school and vary as appropriate to each discipline, course content, and/or instructional format.

    Periodic Review of Credit Hour Policy

    Each academic department should conduct an initial comprehensive review of the credit hour equivalency for all programs where credit hours are not formally awarded. The registrar of each school should record these within appropriate system for reporting to Federal, State, accreditation, and other entities as required. Each school should determine whether these credit hours should be included on the official transcript.

    The review should be done either by the pertinent department faculty and/or school curriculum committee. Whereas each school should determine how best to organize and conduct its initial review, some common themes should be observed. The length of academic terms, the number and duration of class meetings per week, and the credit hours assigned to new courses should be reviewed by the pertinent unit/departmental structure responsible for compliance with the credit hour policy.

    A periodic review of the Credit Hour Policy should be incorporated into each school’s established academic program review/self-study procedures. A university committee comprising representatives of each division will meet at least twice a year to review compliance with the policy.

  • Clinical Grading

    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.

  • Criminal Background Investigations

    Policy Statement

    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 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.
  • Ethics

    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

  • Full- or Part-time Study


    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.

  • Grading

    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 SIS 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.

  • Graduation Application

    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.

    Apply for Graduation
    Learn About Graduation

  • Graduation Rates

    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:

    Undergraduate - % Graduated on time

    Students entering accelerated program in June 2011: 98.3%
    Students entering traditional program in September 2010: 98.1%

    NCLEX Passage Rates

    Consistently greater than 90%

    Graduate - % Graduated

    Master's students entering in 2007 and completing the program within 5 years: 88.3%

    Graduate Certification Examination Rate

    Average for first-time text takers: greater than 90%

  • Graduation Requirements

    Baccalaureate Program

    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

    Master's Program

    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.

    PhD Program
    • 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

    PhD Examination
    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.

    DNP Program
    • Completion of 40 credits
    • Completion of Capstone Project
  • Honor Pledge

    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)."

  • Independent Study

    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

  • Information Technology Device Procurement and Support

    All computing devices used for the benefit of the SON must be procured through our centralized acquisition process, through a request to the ITS help desk. Exceptions must be approved by the Assistant Dean for Information and Technology Integration, or the IT Manager of Operations, with justification, and will still require adherence to computing device security and management policies.


    • SON ITS will install all appropriate management software to ensure the device can be managed and secured. All SON devices must be supported and managed by a SON IT professional.
    • All computer technology purchased with institutional funds (including non-sponsored, sponsored, and discretionary accounts) are the property of the University. ITS reserves the right to inspect computing devices to ensure compliance with encryption and other security requirements and if necessary to deny access to computing resources.
    • Computing devices should be no older than 4 years; departments and individuals should budget accordingly to replace equipment that is beyond its useful life. While not common, upgrades to management and security software may render old equipment functionally obsolete. Device obsolescence is insufficient justification for security non-compliance. Computing devices purchased with institutional funds are the property of Johns Hopkins and must be returned to ITS for reallocation or disposal as appropriate.
    • SON-owned computing devices should be used only in support of SON activities, and only by individuals involved in SON activities.
    • SON-owned computing devices used off site must be periodically brought to the school, as requested, for updates.
    • The SON standard device for off-site use is a laptop, and it is expected that anything beyond basic support for off-site devices be handled on campus in the ITS office, by scheduling a time to bring the device in for necessary support.


    Computing devices are defined in two broad categories, inclusive of several common subtypes:
    Laptop and Desktop Devices

    • These devices are traditional personal computers, with broad, general purpose capabilities and run on desktop based operating system (MacOS/Windows/Linux variants).
    • Applications can come from a wide variety of sources, and often have an involved installation and configuration process.
    • Examples include: Macbooks, MacMini, MacOS devices, Windows laptops, tablets, and desktops, Linux workstations, Surface, Surface Pro, Surface Notebook

    Mobile Devices

    • These devices principally consist of smart phones and tablets and use a mobile operating systems like iOS or Android.
    • Applications come from a curated store – Apple App Store, or Google Play.
    • Examples include: iPhone/Android smart phone, Windows RT tablets, iPad, Android tablets, Chromebooks, Modality specific devices – VOIP phones, handheld scanners


    A computing device acquisition policy drives standards adoption. These standards allow the SON to achieve operational efficiencies and improve security controls by reducing complexity. Using volume negotiated discounts yields further savings. To accomplish this goal, Johns Hopkins has built strategic relationships with Dell Inc., Apple Inc. and other device manufacturers.

  • JHU Health, Safety & Environment

    The Johns Hopkins Institution strives to ensure the Hopkins community is a safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible place to work, study and live for faculty, staff, and students.  Members of the Hopkins community must conduct operations in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations, and the Department of Health, Safety and Environment guidelines and standards. Learn more

  • Leave of Absence/Withdrawal

    Students must sometimes interrupt their studies for a variety of reasons (financial, academic, or personal).  A student may leave the School of Nursing (SON) by either taking a leave of absence (leaving the school temporarily with the firm and stated intention of returning) or by withdrawing from the school (leaving the school with no intention of returning).  Before a student selects to leave the SON it is expected that the student will consult with his/her academic/faculty advisor and/or other academic resources available to assist with such a decision (Johns Hopkins University Student Assistance Program, other faculty, Program Director, etc.).

    A Leave of Absence/Withdrawal Form must be completed by the student requesting to leave the SON. Complete LOA/Withdraw Form


    The student must complete the form and turn it in via e-mail or by dropping it off at the Registrar's Office, located on the 2nd floor of the Student House. Before this form is processed or approved, the student must have a conversation with the SON Registrar. The conversation is to gather and share information that could support and impact the student (financially, academically, personally) upon his/her leave or return to the SON and to make sure the student has spoken to his/her academic/faculty advisor.

    The SON is required by the Higher Education Act to recalculate the eligibility for federal Title IV student financial assistance for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence, prior to completing 60% of a semester. Title IV funds include: Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, and Federal Direct PLUS Loans. The application of the Return of Title IV Funds Policy may result in funds being due to the SON and students are responsible for any outstanding balance due to the School of Nursing.


    To submit a leave of absence (LOA) or withdrawal the student is expected to go through the following steps:

    1. Meet with academic/faculty advisor to discuss this decision and/or use the academic resources available to assist with this decision (JHSAP, other faculty, Program Director, etc.).
    2. Download and complete the Leave of Absence/Withdrawal form

    3. Submit the form to the SON Registrar via e-mail or by dropping it off at the Registrar's Office located on the 2nd floor of the Student House.

    4. Make an appointment for a conversation with the SON Registrar. 

    5. Once a leave of absence or withdrawal has been approved the Registrar will finalize this process and will notify all SON officials (Advisor, Faculty, Program Director, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, etc.).

    6. Financial Aid staff will recalculate the eligibility for federal Title IV student financial assistance for the student (if appropriate) and will complete the JHU paperwork for this process.


    • Students on a LOA are not permitted to attend classes, use school services or maintain employment as students at the SON or other JHU school(s) while their leave is in effect.
    • An approved LOA is not counted toward a student’s time to degree and does not require the student to make degree progress during the period of the leave.
    • A student can request a LOA for up to one year (only). Students who do not return from a LOA (after one year) will be administratively withdrawn from the SON by the Registrar.
    • If a student must take a LOA during the semester/term, the student would be unenrolled for that semester, would lose their tuition and fees for the term, and would not receive credit for their coursework.  If the midway point of the course has been reached a “W” will be posted for each course.  If 70% of the course has passed then a “WP” or “WF” will be posted, dependent upon the student’s performance to date.  If the leave occurred near the end of the semester and the student met the conditions for receiving grades of Incomplete, the student might wish to take grades of Incomplete.  The student would need to follow current policy for making up Incompletes.  The LOA would not affect the timeframe allowed for making up “I” grades.

    All international students who are in F-1 and J-1 visa status must follow a set of immigration regulations as outlined by the U.S. government in order to maintain their international student status.  Students who are in F-1 and J-1 visit status must meet with the JHU Office of International Student Services to discuss the decision to take a LOA or withdraw from the SON before submitting a completed Leave of Absence/Withdrawal Form.

    Students who withdraw from JHUSON in good standing may be considered for readmission.  The student must complete the application process but will not need to pay the application fee (this fee will be waived).  Students will be notified in writing by the Director of Admissions of their readmission status.

  • Military Leave Policy

    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.

  • Missing Student Notification Policy

    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.
  • Missing Clinical Time

    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.

    Inability to Provide Care

    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

    Return to Clinical Practice

    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.

  • Pass/Fail Option

    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.

  • Physical Examination

    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.

  • Course Refund Policy

    Semester/Term Courses

    • A partial refund of payments will be made to students withdrawing of their own accord as follows:
    • 1-2 weeks after classes begin, 100%
    • 3 weeks after classes begin, 50%
    • 4-6 weeks after classes begin, 25%
    • After 6 weeks, no refund

    Online Prerequisite Courses

    A partial refund of payments will be made to students withdrawing from pre-requisite course of their own accord as follows:

    • 1 week after classes begin, 100%
    • 2 week after classes begin, 50%
    • 3-4 week after classes begin, 25%
    • After 5 weeks, no refund

    Percentages are calculated from the date the student submits a written statement of withdrawal. No refund will be granted to students dismissed for disciplinary reasons.

  • Registration

    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.

    Degree and Certificate Students

    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 SIS preventing you from registering View Academic Calendar
    • Register for all courses online at, except for independent study and interdivisional courses Independent Study Form Interdivisional Course Form
      • 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.

    Special, Non-degree Students
    1. Download registration form
    2. Meet with the advisor and obtain his/her signature on the course selection form. If instructor's signature is required for a course, it must be obtained before submitting the form to the Registrar's Office
    3. Proceed to the Student Accounts Office to submit payment for the course (If employer-sponsored, a completed personnel office form must be presented)
    4. Once steps 1-3 have been completed, submit the registration form to the Registrar's Office

    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.

    Additional Fees

    Students will be notified at registration and/or enrollment to any course that requires additional fees (i.e. charges associated with the verification of student identity, online proctoring service for exams, etc.).

    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.

  • Return of Title IV Funds Policy

    The Financial Aid Office is required by federal statute to recalculate federal financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term. The federal Title IV financial aid programs must be recalculated in these situations. Learn more

  • Scholastic Requirements

    Master's and Doctoral Students

    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.

  • Smoke-Free Policy

    To enable The Johns Hopkins University to fulfill its role and responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, and students, it is essential to eliminate exposure to the toxic substances produced by tobacco smoke. Learn more

  • Special Students


    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.

    1. 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.
    2. 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*).
    3. 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.
    4. 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.

  • Technical Standards for Admissions and Graduation


    The mission of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is to improve the health of individuals and diverse communities locally and globally through leadership and excellence in nursing education, research, practice, and service. 

    The curricula of the School of Nursing requires that students engage in diverse and complex experiences directed at achieving competencies, knowledge, skills, attributes and professional values.  Applicants for all academic programs, and enrolled degree-seeking students, must possess certain abilities and skills deemed essential for meeting the professional standards of accrediting agencies.


    Policy Statement

    Candidates for nursing degrees must be able to meet the minimum standards (listed below) with or without reasonable accommodation:

    •   Observation: Students must have sufficient capacity to make accurate visual observations and interpret them in the context of laboratory studies, medication administration and patient care activities.  A student must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.  Students must have a sufficient level of hearing to determine both high and low levels of frequency and amplitude (monitor, assess and respond to health needs).

    •  Communication: Students must communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally to elicit information and to translate that information to others. A student must be able to read and write English effectively in order to fulfill academic requirements, and to maintain accurate clinical records on patient care.

    •  Motor: Students are required to possess motor skills sufficient to elicit independently information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other manually-based diagnostic procedures. Students should be able to conduct laboratory and diagnostic tests, and carry out physical assessments. Students must possess motor skills required for their specialty’s scope of practice.   The student must also be able to coordinate fine and gross muscular movements to treat patients in emergency situations. Emergency situations include any circumstance requiring immediate remedy.

    •  Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: The student must be able to develop and refine problem-solving skills that are critical to practice as a nurse.  The student must have the ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize objective and subjective data and to make decisions that reflect consistent and sound clinical judgment.  Students must possess good judgment in patient assessment, and the abilities to incorporate new information, comprehend three-dimensional relationships, and retain and recall pertinent information in a timely fashion. This includes decision-making in order to maintain safety and security of patients and to behave appropriately with patients, staff, students, supervisors and faculty.

    •  Behavioral and Social Attributes: Students must possess the physical and emotional health required for the application of his/her intellectual abilities and the employment of sound judgment in an appropriate and prompt manner. Students must be able to function effectively under physically taxing workloads, and in times of physical and mental stress. Students must display compassion, sensitivity, and concern for others, and maintain professional integrity at all times.  Students must be able to adapt to changing environments; display flexibility; accept and integrate constructive criticism and learn to function cooperatively and efficiently in the fact of uncertainties inherent in clinical practice. This includes appropriately interacting with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.

    •  Program Specific Requirements: In addition to the areas enumerated above, applicants and students must also possess any abilities and skills deemed essential for their particular program. These areas of enumerated skills and abilities are the minimum attributes required of applicants for admission to the specific nursing program and of students who are candidates for graduation.

    •  Ability to Manage Stressful Situations: Students must be able to adapt to and function effectively to stressful situations in the classroom and clinical settings (including emergency situations).  Students will encounter multiple stressors while in the nursing program; these stressors may be (but are not limited to) personal, patient care, faculty, peer, family, and or program-related.

    Admission to the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is open to all qualified individuals and in accordance with the 1973 Vocational Rehabilitation Act and the American with Disabilities Act.  The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is committed to accommodating the needs of students with documented disabilities, and will do so to the extent possible without compromising the essential components of the curriculum. Questions or concerns regarding these technical standards should be directed to Nancy Griffin, Associate Dean for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, (410) 955-7545.


    All prospective and currently enrolled degree and certificate seeking students of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

  • Transcripts

    Students who want transcripts of their academic records at the School of Nursing or who want them forwarded elsewhere should submit a request two business days before the transcript is needed. 

    Obtain Transcript

  • University Closings

    As a residential, research university with a medical school and a close affiliation to the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Johns Hopkins University has special needs that require services to be available at all times. There are a number of services provided by the university that operate seven days a week on a twenty-four hour basis. To provide these services, the university will make every effort to remain open at all scheduled times. Learn more

  • Uniform Policy


    Agreements and contracts with clinical agencies dictate that student nurses follow a specific dress code.  With this in mind, all students are required to wear uniforms at all clinical settings, including the School of Nursing labs and any international setting. The uniform requirements may be modified at specific sites so that students are in compliance with clinical site policy.  Please be mindful of the fact that as a student you are representing Johns Hopkins School of Nursing at all of your clinical sites.

    MSN (Entry into Nursing)

    The standard uniform consists of the following as determined by a specific course:

    • Navy blue uniform pants
    • Navy blue uniform skirt
    • Navy blue scrub top
    • White scrub top
    • Black, navy or white shoes (non-permeable)
    • Long white lab coat that includes School of Nursing emblem on left sleeve and school name embroidered on left breast worn over professional attire.

    Students will be notified about required clinical attire for their specific clinical site by their clinical instructor before the clinical course begins.

    Important to Note:

    • Short white lab coats are not permitted.
    • Sneakers, canvas shoes or Crocs are not permitted.
    • No casual attire is permitted in any work setting at any time (i.e. jeans, shorts, sweatshirts, t-shirts, sandals, etc.).
    • All scrub tops and lab coats must have the JHUSON patch sewn on the left upper sleeve.
    • Many community health sites require that students wear dark shoes.
    • Students must have uniforms available the first week of their initial term.
    • The long white lab coat may be worn over professional attire in some situations, to be determined by faculty.
    • When a lab coat is worn, the name pin must be attached.
    • The School uniform, patch, name pin, and identification badge will be worn by an individual when functioning in the student role.  A student may not wear a School uniform in an employment situation.
    • Students must wear the official lab coat and professional attire when visiting a clinical setting to review patient assignments, etc. 
    • Students with special uniform needs pertaining to cultural or religious requirements should see the Program Director before purchasing uniforms. Accommodations may be made for the student’s cultural or religious obligations.

    If scrubs are not required, the long white coat may be worn over professional attire in most situations. The SON uniform, name pin, and identification badge must be worn by an individual when functioning in the student role.

    Hair and Nails

    Hair must be worn above the collar or tied back securely with a small clip or band.  Large hair bows or scarves are not permitted.

    Extreme hair colors are not permitted.

    For cultural or religious purposes, a solid navy blue, black, or white head-covering may be worn with the uniform scrubs.

    Men may have beards and mustaches if trimmed neatly.  Facial stubble is not permitted.

    Fingernails should be clean, trimmed to no longer than 1/4 inch beyond fingertips, and with either pale or no polish.  Fingernails are to be free of ornaments. Fingernail polish is to be free of chips. Artificial fingernails or other nail enhancements are not permitted because of documented outbreaks of infection due to gram negative bacteria associated with artificial nails.

    Makeup, if worn, must be applied in moderation to enhance the natural features and create a professional image. Glitter, sequins, and false eye lashes (including lash extensions) are prohibited.


    Only one small post earring in each ear is allowed in clinical areas.  Dangling or hoop earrings and bracelets are prohibited Jewelry must be removed from any other visibly pierced location, including the tongue.  Either a watch with a second hand or a digital watch that can track seconds is required.


    For patient and staff health and comfort, the use of all scented products, such as perfume, cologne, after-shave, hairspray, or lotions, are prohibited as they may have adverse effects on patients, visitors, and other employees.


    All tattoos must be covered.

    Improper Uniform

    Faculty members will tell an improperly dressed student to leave the clinical setting and return in proper uniform.  The lost clinical time cannot be rescheduled, and a clinical warning may be issued.

    Name Pin, ID Badge, and Uniform Emblem

    Name pins are ordered through the uniform company (Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center at 410-955-3931 or 1-800-266-5725) and will be worn on the upper right portion of the uniform.  Charges will be incurred for replacement of lost name pins.  The JHUSON picture ID badge is obtained during the orientation process.  The picture ID badge should be worn at all times in class or clinic; the name pin should be worn when in a clinical setting.

    Uniforms are available from:

                    The Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center
                    1830 E. Monument Street
                    Baltimore, Maryland  21205
                    Telephone:  1-410-955-3931 or 1-800-266-5725 (Toll free)
                    Fax: 1-410-955-0576



  • Vaccination

    All students are required to submit evidence of the following immunizations and/or screening tests prior to matriculation:

    • Measles (Rubeola)
    • Rubella (German measles)
    • Mumps
    • Tuberculosis
    • TDAP documentation
    • Hepatitis B
    • Varicella (Chickenpox)

    An annual flu vaccine is also due October 1st of the current flu season.

  • Veterans

    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 the Veterans 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.

    Standards of Progress

    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.


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