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Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Caring For The Pediatric Patient

Amanda Singh
"I get the best of both worlds at Hopkins."
Amanda Singh , MSN '10, BS '09, RN

Forget Saturday morning cartoons. Amanda Singh spent her girlhood weekends on rounds with her pediatrician father in Washington, D.C. "I'd put his stethoscope around my neck, and we'd go to the newborn nursery," she happily recounts. Little wonder that Singh had no question about the career path she'd follow. She worked as an EMT before applying to her dream nursing school, Johns Hopkins.

Read Amanda's Story


Program Overview

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

The Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing prepares nurses for advanced practice as a primary care provider who helps children and their families to achieve their optimal physical, social, and emotional development. At Hopkins, faculty have designed a curriculum that combines diagnostic and pharmacological background with hands-on experience in various healthcare settings.

Integrating the biomedical, psychological, social, and nursing aspects of care, the curriculum includes classroom and clinical experiences on advanced health assessment, physiology and pathophysiology, management of common and complex health/illness conditions, family, child, and adolescent theory and development, and advanced practice nursing role development. The School's urban Baltimore location provides unique opportunities to focus your clinical experience on diverse, vulnerable, and underserved pediatric and adolescent populations.

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

  • Conduct health examinations, diagnose illnesses and conditions, order laboratory and screening tests, and prescribe medication and therapies
  • Work in pediatric primary care settings, including private offices, community, clinics, and schools, and in program-based specialty areas that manage chronically ill patients across the disease spectrum


Students are prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center or Pediatric Nursing Certification Board examinations as a Primary Care Pediatric 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.



This master’s option may be completed in 15 months (4 semesters) and provides more than 500 clinical hours. To apply, you must have completed one year of full-time experience as a registered nurse in a pediatric care setting prior to clinical sequence.

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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