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Online Prerequisites for Health Professions

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Online Prerequisites for Health Professions

Overview

The 10-week courses are designed with students' goals in mind. The instructor-led courses are delivered using a facilitated teaching approach to engage students and encourage interaction and participation. Courses are competitively priced and available online in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Why Prerequisites at Hopkins?

  • Top-ranked Nursing School 
  • Easy Application Process
  • Affordable
  • No transcripts required 
  • An introduction to the excellence of a Johns Hopkins education
  • Health-focused perspective delivered through a facilitated teaching approach (participatory, interactive, engaging)
  • Instructor led, online convenience
  • 10 week format

All students pursuing a health-based education can now take the following instructor-led prerequisites all online and get a taste of Hopkins Nursing.

  • Nutrition
  • Human Growth and Development Through the Lifespan
  • Biostatistics
  • Microbiology with virtual lab*
  • Anatomy with virtual lab*
  • Physiology with virtual lab*
  • Chemistry with virtual lab§

For a full list of required courses visit our pre-licensure Master of Science in Nursing: Entry in Nursing program webpage.

*Virtual labs are accepted at Hopkins Nursing, but not everywhere. Check your university and state licensure requirements for prerequisite courses. 

§Offered but not required by Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

Registration & Tuition

All prerequisite courses are available in the summer, fall, and spring semesters.

First-time students need to submit a simple online application form.

  • Spring 2019: January 15-March 25
  • Summer, 2019: May 14-July 22
  • Fall 2019: September 3 - November 11

Registration Questions? Contact prereqs@jhu.edu or look in our FAQS.  Returning students register through the Johns Hopkins University Student Information System.

Students may enroll in up to three courses per semester, but should not enroll in more than two lab courses at the same time. Anatomy is to be taken prior to Physiology and may not be taken in the same semester. 

Tuition

  • $350 per credit
  • $1050 per 3 credit course
  • $1400 per 4 credit course
  • $60 additional fee for Microbiology, paid directly to vendor after course begins.

Tuition is due at time of registration and failure to pay may result in cancellation of registration.

  • Nutrition (NR.110.200)

    Course Description

    This course will cover the science and fundamentals of human nutrition. Topics covered include
    nutritional requirements related to changing individual and family needs, food choices, health
    behaviors, food safety, prevention of chronic disease and nutrition-related public health in the
    United States and globally. (3 credits)

    Course Syllabus (pdf download)

    Course Outcomes

    1. Know the six classes of nutrients and explain their role as it relates to promoting optimal health, information on food labels, and the accuracy of statements made in popular media about nutrition.
    2. Relate the importance of good nutrition to different stages in human development and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
    3. Determine, compare and contrast the nutritional value of current eating habits to current recommendations and propose modifications to reduce the risk for developing chronic diseases.
    4. Identify strategies to eating a healthy diet in different cultural and environmental settings.

    Required Textbook

    For further information regarding materials for this course, please visit the Prerequisite Textbook
    Information
    page

  • Human Growth and Development Through the Lifespan (NR.110.201)

    Course Description

    This course provides an overview of major concepts, theories, and research related to human
    development through the lifespan from the prenatal period to the end of life. Significant factors that
    influence individual functioning are explored. (3 credits)

    Course Syllabus (pdf download)

    Course Outcomes

    1. Analyze theoretical and conceptual frameworks and research findings related to human development through the lifespan.

    2. Apply theoretical models and research findings of human development and functioning to health and illness behaviors through the lifespan and within a variety of biological, environmental, social and cultural contexts.

    Required Textbook

    For further information regarding materials for this course, please visit the Prerequisite Textbook
    Information
    page.

  • Biostatistics (NR.110.202)

    Course Description

    This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of statistical ideas and methods that aims
    to equip students to carry out common statistical procedures and to follow statistical reasoning in
    their fields of study. Principles of measurement, data summarization, and univariate and bivariate
    statistics are examined. Emphasis is placed on the application of fundamental concepts to real
    world situations. (3 credits)

    Course Syllabus (pdf download)

    Course Outcomes

    1. Summarize and interpret data visually through appropriate statistical graphs.
    2. Describe density curves and the properties of the normal distributions.
    3. Examine correlations and linear relationships of explanatory and response variables.
    4. Describe sampling distributions and the central limit theorem.
    5. Discuss statistical inference using confidence intervals and tests of significance.
    6. Explain the differences among various statistical techniques and identify an appropriate technique for a given set of variables and research questions.

    Required Textbook

    For further information regarding materials for this course, please visit the Prerequisite Textbook
    Information
    page.

  • Microbiology with Lab (NR.110.203)

    Course Description

    This course introduces the core concepts and basic principles in microbiology, examining
    microorganisms and how they interact with humans and the environment. Information regarding
    classification of microorganisms, characteristics of different cell types and processes critical for cell
    survival is presented. Topics such as bacterial metabolism, microbial nutrition, genetics, antimicrobial
    approaches and interaction of pathogenic bacteria with humans are discussed. The course
    includes a virtual laboratory component designed to complement lecture topics. The course
    content provides the foundation of general microbiology necessary for students who are interested
    in applying to health profession programs. (4 credits)

    Course Syllabus (pdf download)

    Course Outcomes

    1. Describe and differentiate among the broad classes of microorganisms, including bacteria, protozoa, fungi, helminthes, and viruses.
    2. Describe in appropriate terminology the structure, function and characteristics of prokaryotes, eukaryotes and viruses.
    3. Explain the metabolic processes necessary for microbe survival, focusing on the different methods of energy acquisition.
    4. Describe ways microbes can cause infection and pathology in humans and apply this understanding to infection prevention and control in healthcare settings.
    5. Identify strategies employed by antimicrobial drugs and how they specifically target certain pathogens and apply this understanding to antimicrobial treatment, drug resistance and interaction with host.
    6. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in common laboratory procedures.

    Required Textbook and Course Materials

    The custom bundle required for this course includes an electronic copy of the textbook and access to resources within McGraw-Hill Connect.

    For further information regarding materials for this course, please visit the Prerequisite Textbook
    Information
    page.

  • Anatomy with Lab (NR.110.204)

    Course Description

    This course will introduce components and structures of the human body at the level of gross and microscopic anatomy.  Students will learn organ localization in the body and structural features comprising the different body systems.  The body systems covered will include the skin, heart, lungs, and brain, among others.  Upon completion, students will have an understanding of normal healthy anatomy that will prepare them for professional health programs. This course includes a virtual laboratory component designed to complement lecture topics. (4 credits). 

    Course Syllabus (pdf download)

    Course Outcomes

    1. Define the body orientation terms, including planes of section, directional terms, body regions, pleura and pericardium and organ systems.
    2. Identify human body systems and major organs located in each system.
    3. Describe the general anatomical structures and their locations associated with each body system.
    4. Recognize the various layers and normal histology of the integumentary system.
    5. List key components of the skeletal and muscular systems.
    6. Describe the anatomical features of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
    7. Detail the important anatomy of the brain and head.
    8. Identify the gross anatomical structures of the digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

    Required Textbooks and Course Materials

    The textbook for this course will be used for both the Anatomy and the Physiology courses. This custom bundle includes an electronic copy of the textbook, access to resources and assignments within McGraw-Hill Connect, and access to Anatomy and Physiology Revealed 3.2.

    For further information regarding materials for this course, please visit the Prerequisite Textbook
    Information
    page.

  • Physiology with Lab (NR.110.205)

    Course Description

    This course will introduce the functions of several human body systems.  Students will learn how each part within a body system works together to seamlessly accomplish tasks.  We will also discuss regulation of organ function, a critical component of physiology.  After an introduction on electrolytes, the physiologic processes we will cover include cardio vasculature, lymphatics, and digestion among others.  Upon completion, students will have an understanding of normal healthy anatomical function that will prepare them for professional health programs. This course includes a virtual laboratory component designed to complement lecture topics. (4 credits). 

    Course Syllabus (pdf download)

    Course Outcomes

    1. Describe the functions and interactions of major organ systems in human body.
    2. Explain the mechanism and importance of maintaining water, electrolytes, acid-base balance.
    3. Discuss the function of the cardiovascular system.
    4. Describe the key purpose of the lymphatic and specific cranial elements.
    5. List the functions of the components necessary for respiration, digestion, and urination.
    6. Identify the functions of the regulatory elements, i.e. hormones, of the reproductive systems.

    Required Textbooks and Course Materials

    The textbook for this course will be used for both the Anatomy and the Physiology courses. This custom bundle includes an electronic copy of the textbook, access to resources and assignments within McGraw-Hill Connect, and access to Anatomy and Physiology Revealed 3.2.

    For further information regarding materials for this course, please visit the Prerequisite Textbook
    Information
    page.

  • Chemistry with Lab (NR.110.206) *

    Course Description

    This course introduces the core concepts of matter and energy, atomic structure, the periodic system, chemical bonding, nomenclature, stoichiometry, weight relationships, gases, solutions, chemical reactions, thermodynamics and equilibrium. The course includes a virtual laboratory component designed to enhance lecture topics. The course content provides the foundation of general chemistry necessary for students who are interested in applying to health profession programs. (4 credits)

    Course Syllabus (pdf download)

    * Offered, but not required for Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    Course Outcomes

    1. Interconvert amount of substance between moles, mass and molecular weight
    2. Use conversion factors in calculations involving solids, liquids, gases, solutions, heat and energy.
    3. Calculate and express solution concentrations in various ways, such as mass percent, parts per million, mole fraction, molality, and molarity.
    4. Write balanced chemical equations and distinguish between different types of chemical reactions.
    5. Describe the major components of an atom, write symbols for isotopes and calculate the average masses of elements.
    6. Predict direction of change in reactions at equilibrium and measure reaction rates.
    7. Predict the types of intermolecular forces within a compound.
    8. Describe the geometry and polarity of molecules and predict their physical properties.
    9. Describe the properties of acids and bases and measure their concentrations in solutions.

    Required Textbook and Course Materials

    The custom bundle required for this course includes an electronic copy of the textbook and access to resources within Cengage OWL. Students will also need to purchase access to Late Nite Labs to complete course lab content.

    For further information regarding materials for this course, please visit the Prerequisite Textbook
    Information
     page.