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General

  • Do I need to provide transcripts or meet any other prerequisites before applying and enrolling in prerequisite courses?

    No, there are no major educational requirements for taking your prerequisite courses with us. When you apply for our prerequisite courses, you are granted access to our Student Information System (SIS) as a non-degree seeking student. This allows you to enroll in our prerequisite courses without having to provide transcripts or meet any other major requirements. The only exception to this is that if you wish to enroll in our Physiology with Lab course, we may require some proof of you having taken an Anatomy course prior to assisting with enrollment.

  • Will these credits be accepted by the college/university that I’m interested in attending?

    Each college and university will have policies and procedures about how it will evaluate transcripts from your previous work. Each prerequisite course completed at Hopkins will be displayed on a Johns Hopkins School of Nursing transcript, which will list the name of the course, the credits earned for the course, and the grade that you achieved. 

    We advise that you contact each school or university that you are considering to research its particular requirements and if our courses will be acceptable for its program. In particular, we urge you to specifically ask about virtual labs and if the school that you are considering will accept virtual labs as part of its entry requirements. If they request a course description or sample syllabi, both can be found for all courses on our prerequisite homepage.

  • What are the prerequisite courses required for the MSN: Entry into Nursing program at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing?

    We offer all six prerequisite courses required for JHU the MSN: Entry into Nursing program, 100% online. For a complete list of prerequisite courses required for entry in to the program, please see the requirements section on the MSN: Entry into Nursing Practice website.

    Please note: If you intend to transfer courses from another institution to JHSON to fulfill your prerequisite requirements, you will need to send your transcripts and a course description to our Admissions Office at jhuson@jhu.edu so that they may evaluate the course(s) and determine transferability. The Prerequisite Support team cannot evaluate whether or not courses you have taken previously are comparable to the prerequisite courses we offer.

  • How often are the prerequisite courses offered, and when can I apply/register?

    Students have the opportunity to take prerequisite courses three times in an academic year -- all seven courses are offered once a semester, during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Exact course dates are located on our prerequisite homepage.

    Both the application and registration in SIS will only allow a student to apply for/enroll in courses for the semester that is currently upcoming.

    Fall semester (Sept-Nov): Application/registration opens in June, closes in August

    Spring semester (Jan-Mar): Application/registration opens in October, closes in January

    Summer semester (May-July): Application/registration opens in February, closes in May

  • How are the courses setup, from a student-perspective? What will be required of me?

    The online prerequisite courses are instructor-led, 10-week courses that are delivered entirely online using the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS). They are delivered in an asynchronous weekly format, meaning you do not need to be online at a specific day or time, but there are weekly deadlines for assignments. So while you are not constricted by very tight daily deadlines, all assignments for each module will need to be submitted before the next module begins.

    The courses are structured so that each week of the course is a module of content typically consisting of required reading, a multi-media lecture presentations, a discussion board activity, and a quiz on that particular week’s content (with exams taken throughout the course). Additionally, lab courses incorporate a virtual lab activity and will have additional assignments to assess student mastery and application of the information.

  • Do I need to come to the campus of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in order to take one of your online courses?

    No. All courses can be completed online. The virtual lab component for all of our courses that include a lab can also be completed 100% online without any need to have materials shipped to or from your home.

  • How many courses should I take in any given semester, and is it limited?

    Most students find that 7 credits in any given semester is a manageable course load. Students may enroll in up to three (3) courses per semester, but should not enroll in more than two (2) lab courses at the same time due to the student workload associated with these courses. Each week, students should plan to devote about 7-10 hours for every non-lab course that they attempt and 10-15 hours for every virtual lab course. Estimated hours are variable to each individual's learning pace and prior knowledge of the content, and are also likely to be affected by an individual’s dedication to other work-life commitments.

  • Can I take just the lecture or lab component of courses that have a lab?

    Our lecture and lab components are bundled as one 4-credit class and, at this time, are not offered separately.

The Application Process

  • Do I have to apply as a student and be accepted into a program to take a prerequisite course?

    No, you do not need to apply or be accepted to a degree program in order to take a prerequisite course with us. The prerequisite application is different from the applications for our degree programs, and students who complete it are provided with Johns Hopkins student accounts that list them in our system as non-degree seeking students with the School of Nursing. First-time students will need to submit an online application form for the next available semester. After the application is reviewed, those students will receive an email within 24 hours which contains their JHED ID and login information.

    Prospective students who already have a JHED ID but do not have a student history at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing will also need to submit an application, but will not receive an email with a JHED ID, as they already have one. Those students should be able to login to the Student Information System (SIS) after the 24 hour period has passed.

  • As an international student, what should I consider before applying and registering? Do I need a Social Security Number (SSN) or student visa to take these courses?

    Because students who take our prerequisite courses are enrolled as non-degree seeking students, you do not need to provide this type of documentation. We do require a SSN as part of the application, but that is to assist us with verifying a student’s identity. If you do not have a SSN, you can enter all 9s in to the application (999-99-9999), and this will trigger a notice to our Registrar’s Office. They will then be able to assign you a temporary identification number that will allow you to complete the application and registration process.

    As for other considerations to make, the main concern would be your Internet speed. The course materials do require a high-speed Internet connection that is reliable and consistent. If you use a VPN, you will need to ensure that it allows access to Blackboard as well as the third party applications that host our lab materials. Secondly, all course materials are in English, thus students should have a firm grasp of written and spoken English. We ask that you familiarize yourself with the American Psychological Association (APA) writing guidelines as all work submitted for the course should properly cite reference materials and resources. Please watch these video tutorials produced by Purdue OWL if you are not familiar with APA formatting.

  • I submitted my application, but have not received the email with my Johns Hopkins ID (JHED ID). What should I do?

    First, check any spam or trash folders in your account to be sure that the email was not automatically filtered out of your inbox. It should be sent to you within 24 hours of submitting your application. If you do not find the email with your JHED ID there, please reach out to our Registrar’s Office at sonregistrarsoffice@jhu.edu or (410) 614-3096 so that they can resend the email and/or look up your JHED ID information.

Registration & Tuition

  • When can I register for courses, and how do I register?

    Once you have received your JHED ID and setup your account in My JH, you can login and register for up to three (3) online courses (and no more than two (2) labs per semester) through the Johns Hopkins University Student Information System (SIS).  Registration for each semester is available as follows:

    Fall semester (Sept-Nov): Application/registration opens in June, closes in August

    Spring semester (Jan-Mar): Application/registration opens in October, closes in January

    Summer semester (May-July): Application/registration opens in February, closes in May

  • What are the deadlines for tuition payment?

    Tuition is due at time of registration and failure to pay at that time will result in cancellation of registration. If you are receiving any sort of financial assistance (via military benefits, Americorps, tuition remission, etc.) which results in you not paying for your courses first-hand as you register, please contact the Student Accounts department at sonstudentaccounts@jhu.edu or (410) 955-1243 after registering so that they can make note of this in your record and ensure that you will not be dropped due to nonpayment.

  • How much does it cost to take a prerequisite course?

    The cost per credit is $350.00. As such, each 3-credit course is $1050.00 and each 4-credit course is $1400.00. All courses also have required textbooks and other materials which will need to be purchased in order to complete coursework. More information on required materials can be found on the Prerequisite Course Textbook Purchasing website.

  • How do I submit payment for the course(s)?

    You must pay online at the time of registration. The online system will allow you to pay by credit card or e-check.  For specific questions regarding payment contact the Student Accounts department at sonstudentaccounts@jhu.edu or (410) 955-1243.

  • Is financial aid accepted for these courses?

    When you are enrolled in just our prerequisite courses, you are enrolled as a non-degree seeking student and therefore are ineligible for federal student aid via the FAFSA at this time. Financial aid for prerequisite courses must come from private sources. Private sources include private student loans or third-party tuition aid such as that from an Americorps benefit or employer tuition assistance.

    For more information on using Americorps benefits, employer tuition assistance, or other third-party tuition aid, please contact our Financial Aid department at sonfinaid@jhu.edu or (410) 955-9840.

    Note: If you are receiving some sort of financial assistance in paying tuition costs for your course, you must inform the Student Accounts department at sonstudentaccounts@jhu.edu or (410) 955-1243 after registering for courses so that they can make note of this in your record and ensure that you will not be dropped due to nonpayment.

  • Can I use my military assistance/GI Bill to pay for these courses?

    Yes. Students may fund their courses through military assistance/GI Bill.

    For more information on using your military benefits toward tuition costs for our prerequisite courses, please reach out to our Assistant Registrar Libby Miles at sonregistrarsoffice@jhu.edu or (410) 614-3096.

  • Is a payment plan available?

    At this time, we do not offer a payment plan for the prerequisite courses. Tuition is due at time of registration and failure to pay at that time will result in cancellation of registration.

Textbooks and Course Setup

  • Where can I purchase my course materials?

    All required course materials for our prerequisite courses can be found on our Prerequisite Course Textbook Purchasing website. Additionally, once you are granted access to your courses in Blackboard (which occurs one week prior to the beginning of the semester), more information on course materials can be found in the syllabus and throughout the course. While some materials can be purchased through any verified seller, others will need to be purchased directly from the links provided in order for students to have the appropriate access to materials. All textbooks are also offered for purchase as both hardcopy and electronic versions – for students registering late or international students who may experience a delay in shipment, we encourage the purchase of electronic textbooks. While there may be leniency in the first week of the course, extensions will not be granted beyond the first week due to delayed course materials.

  • How will I complete the laboratory component of your online course?

    You will complete the required laboratory component of the course through online simulations and accompanying assessments that test your application of knowledge. Lab instructions and assignments can be accessed online through the Blackboard classroom and/or the particular lab product website used for the course. The virtual lab sessions consist of simulations, animations, and videos, allowing you to explore key concepts of the course and complete the experiments and exercises online.

    Note: If you would like to attend a virtual tour of our classrooms to see more about the functionality of the lab simulations in our courses, review the Prerequisite Events section found on our main Online Prerequisites for Health Professionals website. We typically offer 1-2 virtual tours in the two months leading up to the beginning of a new semester.

  • What action will I need to take if I have to withdraw from a course?

    To withdraw from a course, please email our Registrar’s Office with your name, the semester, and the course(s) that you would like dropped. 

    Prior to Week 8 of the course there is no notation of the drop on your permanent record.  Starting with Week 8, should you drop a “WP” or “WF” will be posted to your record based on your performance in the course to date.

  • If I need to withdraw, am I entitled to a refund

    The refund schedule is as follows:

    Week 1*:  Student can drop with 100% refund

    Week 2*:  Student can drop with 50% refund

    Week 3*: Student can drop with 25% refund

    Week 4 and beyond:  Student can drop, no refund

    Week 8 and beyond: Student can drop but "WP" or "WF" will be posted to record, no refund

    Note: While modules in our Prerequisite courses end on a Monday, requests to drop the course must be received by Saturday of the Week/Module in order for the refund to be processed.

  • Do I need to be online at a particular time during the course?

    No. The module for a particular week will open on Monday and the course content will be available for you to complete during the week. Unless otherwise noted within the course syllabus, assignments are due at 5:00 PM ET on the date listed in the course schedule and syllabus.

  • Who do I contact if I have a disability that requires a special accommodation?

    If you have a disability and may require accommodation in this course, please contact Disability Services to discuss your specific needs.

  • Will I have any communication with my Instructor?

    Yes. Your instructor will guide you through each week of the course, primarily through course announcements, discussion board posts, and email communication.

  • How can I request a transcript or request enrollment verification?

    If you are currently taking a course and need to verify your enrollment, you can log into our Student Information System at https://sis.jhu.edu.  Then, click on the Registration link on the toolbar, select “My Class Schedule” from the drop down menu, and then select the option “Printable Confirmation for Enrollments.”  You may also select the “My Grades” screen and download an unofficial transcript.

    Once you've finished the course and the grade has been submitted, you can also request an official transcript (paper or electronic) – more information on making this request can be found on the Transcripts section of our website. Each prerequisite course completed at Hopkins will be displayed on a Johns Hopkins School of Nursing transcript, which will list the name of the course, the credits earned for the course, and the grade that you achieved.

  • Who can I contact for technical support?

    Please take a look at our Welcome Packet for information related to the technical aspects of using Blackboard. If you experience any issues with the third-party applications used in the course, you can reach out to Prerequisite Support at prereqs@jhu.edu. For issues related to your JHED ID or Blackboard login and access, contact SON Help Desk at 410-614-8800 or email son-helpdesk@jhu.edu.