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Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Focusing on the Family

Amber Richert
"The faculty helps me make the most of my Johns Hopkins education."
Amber Richert , MSN '11, BS '09, RN

Three is a magic number for Amber Richert. In 2011, she will earn her third degree, an MSN in Family Primary Care. Richert is a world traveler who already holds bachelor's degrees in nursing and socio-cultural anthropology. "Being a nurse practitioner will fulfill my passion and allow me to use my love of people, science, and community service with my international experience," she says.

Read Amber's Story


Program Overview

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is sunsetting the MSN Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track and is no longer accepting applications. Please consider the DNP Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program.

Prepare to provide complete, advanced care for the whole family in this master's option that couples theoretical background with evidence-based clinical experiences in a wide variety of community-based practice settings.

With unique access to respected Hopkins faculty and resources, you will develop skills in providing health assessments, direct care, and health maintenance promotion information and tools to the entire family. You will also learn to approach patient care broadly, in the context of the family's physical, emotional, mental, and sociocultural systems.

Those who earn a master's degree for the nurse practitioner in family primary care:

  • Can address a wide range of primary care needs, write prescriptions, and order diagnostic tests
  • Apply an evidence-based, family-centered approach to diagnosing and managing common acute and chronic health problems of individuals from infancy through adulthood
  • Work in diverse practice settings such as health clinics and maintenance organizations, student health services, private medical offices, correctional facilities, and emergency rooms


Students are prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners certification examinations as Family Nurse Practitioner.


Program Requirements

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

Admissions Criteria

  • Admissions Application
  • 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 (or RN license from compact state)


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 graduate credit.



Beginning in September of each year, this master’s option may be completed in 21 months (5 semesters).

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

To be given consideration for a Merit Scholarship Award, you must be accepted for admission by March 1. Please note that on average it takes the Admissions Committee approximately one month to reach a decision upon receipt of a completed application.


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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