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Health Systems MNGT/Clinical Nurse Specialist (onsite & online)

Impacting Healthcare Environments

Sharon Allen
"The program opened up my eyes to see so much more than just clinical nursing"
Sharon Allen , MSN '05, CCRC, RN

Nearly three decades into her nursing career, Sharon Allan decided to pursue a master's degree. She had worked at Johns Hopkins since 1976 and decided to attend nursing school there for the "diversity, ethics, and cutting-edge approach." The HSM/CNS dual track turned out to be the best of both worlds. The HSM/CNS dual track turned out to be the best of both worlds.

Read Sharon's Story


Program Overview

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is sunsetting the MSN Health Systems Management/Clinical Nurse Specialist dual track option and is no longer accepting applications. Please consider the DNP Clinical Nurse Specialist program or the MSN Health Systems Management program.

Prepare to manage the entire spectrum of healthcare: design, change management, implementation, and evaluation as an HSM/CNS master's student. With practical experience in direct patient and family care, nurses stand uniquely prepared to serve as leaders and managers in the constantly evolving environment of healthcare management and delivery.

For this master's program, renowned Hopkins faculty have developed a curriculum that responds to your combined interests in adult or pediatric patient care and improved management of healthcare systems. With the Hopkins medical institutions as your classroom, you will develop a strategic understanding of organizational management philosophy and techniques to ensure the safe and effective nursing care of patients.

Those who earn a master's of science degree in health systems management/clinical nurse specialist:

  • Occupy positions as business and policy analysts; and as managers in pharmaceutical, consulting, and insurance companies, healthcare systems, and nonprofit and government agencies
  • Evaluate and manage the fiscal health of institutions to provide the best nursing care within budget
  • Collaborate with administrative and healthcare staff across departments to coordinate patient services
  • Regulate change in the clinical environment and the healthcare delivery system effectively


Students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

State-Specific Information for Online Programs

Students currently cannot conduct clinical activities in Kentucky or Massachusetts. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.



Program Requirements

Students may apply for full- or part-time study.

Admissions Criteria

  • Admissions application
  • Application fee of $75
  • Bachelor's of Science degree in nursing
  • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university
  • Demonstrated commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit
  • Community service and professional commitment
  • Interview with faculty member
  • Written expression of goals
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing licensure. Students must have or obtain Maryland RN licensure for matriculation.


Transfer of Credit

Transfer of credit is granted on an individual basis. Decisions are based on equivalent content (for required courses), credit allotment and satisfactory completion of courses. You may petition for permission to substitute a course from another college or university by submitting a request to the Office of Admissions along with the complete course syllabus.

Up to six credits of graduate course work taken at Johns Hopkins University or elsewhere may be accepted for transfer. Coursework must have been completed within the last five years. Coursework at the undergraduate level will not be considered for advanced standing credit.

Applicants Who Have Studied Abroad

International applicants and applicants who have completed courses outside of the United States must submit:

More information for international applicants
Office of International Student, Faculty, and Staff Services



More than 500 clinical hours enable graduates to sit for national CNS certification exams.

View Full Curriculum and Sample Courses of Study


Tuition and Other Costs

MSN Program (September 2015-May 2016)

Billed Expenses

Tuition: $36,216 (full-time per year)1
Per credit cost: $1,509
Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Health Insurance: $2,6562
Health fee: $316
Total Billed Expenses: $39,688

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room and Board: $12,744
Books/Supplies: $1,856
Loan fees: $146
Personal Expenses: up to $1,350
Travel Expenses: up to $3,366
Total Other Expenses: $19,462
Total Expenses: $59,150

1Full-time: 12 credit hours per semester
2All students must have health coverage.  Purchase of the School’s plan is optional.
3Amounts for other expenses vary based upon student's selection of books, supplies, and living arrangements.

Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees. 


Funding Opportunities

The Office of Student Financial Services is available to provide counseling on financing opportunities to ensure that students are able to pursue their educational goals.

The School of Nursing participates in several financial aid programs that can help to pay education expenses, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work study. Students typically fund their studies through a combination of these sources.

Scholarships & Grants

Grants are awards based on financial need that do not have to be repaid. Many students also benefit from scholarships and awards based on merit.  More


Many students will avail themselves of loans to help finance their School of Nursing Education. If necessary, we encourage you to borrow only what is absolutely essential to cover your educational costs.  More

Employment Opportunities

Many students locate part-time employment to help pay education expenses. Numerous positions are available on campus and within various community based organizations. These jobs provide students with opportunities to gain practical work experience. Most positions are funded through the Federal Work-Study Program.  More

Other Funding Sources

We encourage students to seek outside funding opportunities. Information can be obtained from library resource books and professional organizations and alumni organizations.  More

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