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Frequently Asked Questions
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- What are the deadlines for admission and financial aid?A comprehensive chart exists with all deadlines. Deadlines are also located on each program webpage. View deadlines
- Do you offer a traditional nursing program?We do not offer a traditional nursing program (BSN) allowing students to transfer to JHSON after completing two years of undergraduate study. We offer the Master of Science in Nursing Entry into Nursing Practice program for non-nurses. It’s designed for students who have earned a non-nursing bachelor's degree and want to become a registered nurse. This program enrolls students in the fall and spring semesters.
- Are research opportunities available?The School of Nursing is proud to be a national leader in research. Ranked fourth in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the School receives more than $8.5 million in total research funding per year. Undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to contribute to Hopkins research projects by working alongside experienced faculty members. There are additional opportunities to earn elective credit and to conduct research while studying abroad.
- What is the class size and faculty-to-student ratio?
- Incoming Master's Entry classes are divided into two sections of approximately 60 students for lecture classes. The ratio for clinical is one instructor to six or seven students, and for labs, slightly smaller.
- Where are the majority of clinical placements?Most clinical sites are in Baltimore and the surrounding areas. Current clinical sites include: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins at Bayview, Mercy Medical Center, Sinai Hospital, Maryland General, Union Memorial, Holy Cross in Bethesda, MD, among many others.
- Can I choose my clinical sites?For your first semester, you will be assigned a clinical placement. After your first semester you are able to register for clinical sites, however there is no guarantee that you will receive your top choice as groups are small and consist of 6-8 students.
- Do I need a car?We expect all students to have reliable transportation to all assigned clinical sites.
- Does the University provide disability accommodations?
Yes. Upon admission and prior to enrollment, students with a disability should provide a comprehensive evaluation of a specific disability from an appropriate qualified diagnostician that identifies the type of disability, describes the current level of functioning in an academic setting, and lists recommended accommodations.
Students are encouraged to contact the Disability Services Coordinator at least four weeks prior to the start of the semester to ensure reasonable accommodations are provided in a timely manner. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.
- Where do nursing students live?
Since on-campus housing is not available at JHUSON, students are responsible for locating a place to live. Many students elect to live at 929 Apartments, which is in walking distance to the School. The 929 Apartments provides both furnished and unfurnished apartments, along with many amenities such as a rooftop garden terrace, WiFi and a fitness center.
Many students also live in the Charles Village area, a neighborhood near the Hopkins Homewood campus. Charles Village is only 10-15 minutes away from the JHUSON, and is accessible to the JHU free shuttle. Other popular neighborhoods include Mt. Vernon, Butchers Hill, Fells Point, Patterson Park and Canton.
- How safe is the East Baltimore campus and is it safe to walk/drive to campus?
The School of Nursing is located just east of downtown Baltimore and is surrounded by several neighborhoods with a diverse history and culture, including Fell's Point, Butcher's Hill, and Middle East.
One of the most notable features of the area surrounding the hospital and schools is the large number of abandoned row homes. This is a reflection of both the poverty of East Baltimore, as well as new development and construction.
As in any large city, you have to make smart choices regarding your own safety. Hopkins security officials recommend not leaving any valuables in your car, and parking on the street in the surrounding neighborhoods is discouraged.
An escort service is provided for students and staff in the evenings to move around the campus. If you choose to live close to campus and walk to school, try to walk in groups with other students. Instead of driving to campus, take advantage of the free shuttle services that Johns Hopkins offers.
- Does Johns Hopkins offer any transfer, BS completion, RN-BS or traditional 4 year undergraduate programs?No, we currently do not offer these programs.
- Is there a time limit on prerequisites?It is recommended that prerequisite coursework be completed within the last five years, but it is not a requirement.
- Do my prerequisites need to be completed by the time I apply?
You are not required to have the prerequisites completed at the time you submit your application. However, they must be completed by the time the program starts. The Admissions Committee can accept someone who still has courses pending with the condition that they complete all pending courses with a B- or better.
U.S. immigration regulations require that students needing an F-1 visa must successfully fulfill all prerequisites before an I-20 can be issued. To allow sufficient time to complete all the steps in the visa process, students must submit an official transcript or official course by course evaluation with final grades (B- or higher) for all prerequisite courses to the Office of Admissions at least 3 months prior to the beginning of the term in which they wish to begin studies (October for spring term; May for fall term).
- Where can I take my prerequisite classes for the Master's Entry into Nursing programs?We accept courses from regionally accredited colleges and universities and also offer the prerequisite courses online at Hopkins.
- Do you require the GRE's?
- Where do I send supplemental application materials?You can send any supplemental application materials to the Office of Admissions, 525 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205.
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