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We look forward to welcoming you to the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing community during your upcoming orientation. It has been a pleasure working with you during the application process and we are excited to assist you in your transition from an accepted student to Hopkins student!

What to Expect

  • Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students
  • Overview of school academic policies, procedures, offices, key faculty and staff, student resources, and what's expected of you for the program
  • Meet and greet with your fellow classmates.
  • Get to know your new community

Accepted Students Information

Orientation Dates

summer 2018 - DNP Executive Track

  • Orientation and Immersion Residency - May 14 - 18, 2018
  • Hotel Information:

  • Agenda will be sent to all incoming students prior to arrival.

SUMMER 2018 - MSN/MPH Joint Degree

  • Thursday June 28, 2018 (times TBD)
  • Friday, June 29, 2018 (times TBD)

Fall 2018 - MSN (Entry Into Nursing) Program

  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 
  • Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
  • Friday, August 31, 2018 - 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. (Optional Events)

FALL 2018 - MSN Health Systems Management, Post Master's Certificate, DNP Advanced Practice Track, and PhD Programs

  • Friday, August 31, 2018 - 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 

Distance Orientation - available may 2018

Programs: Advanced Practice DNP, Post-Degree Certificates, MSN Public Health Nursing and MSN Health Management

To access the orientation on our BlackBoard Site click HERE and follow the instructions below:

Login with your JHED ID and Password (If you do not have your JHED ID/JHU Email account and have paid your deposit, please contact the Office of the Registrar, 410-614-3096)

1.     Click on the Community Tab

2.     Click on Fall Graduate Distance Orientation.

Making the Transition

  • Compliance Requirements

    Compliance Requirements (click to download)

    All enrolled degree/certificate-seeking students must register and complete a background check, drug screening, certifications, and required vaccines and medical tests. The School of Nursing has contracted with CastleBranch to track and approve all compliance requirements. It is your responsibility to maintain, renew, and update each requirement by the expiration date and to keep copies for your personal records.

    Follow these instructions to purchase the correct package from CastleBranch:

    • Visit
    • “Please Select” the appropriate degree and package. (If you aren’t sure which to select, contact Student Affairs at the number below.)
    • Continue your order with CastleBranch and fill in all information to complete order. If you have your JHU email, please use it when registering. If you do not have access to your JHU email when you are registering, please use a personal email that you check frequently.

    No further action is required for the background check. Instructions for your drug screening will be emailed to you by CastleBranch once you have place your order.

    Your CastleBranch account will also list the required medical documents for compliance. Upload a scanned copy or image of your documentation to each appropriate requirement. All medical documents must be submitted and approved through CastleBranch. Do not submit any documents directly to the School of Nursing.

    If you are having technical issues with CastleBranch, please contact their service desk at 888-723-4263 x7196.

    Pre-Entrance Health Form (click to download)

    Students are required to use the School of Nursing's Pre-Entrance Health Form, which must be completed by a healthcare provider and submitted to the school prior to orientation. This form verifies that the student is physically able to participate in his/her program of study, and meets all qualifications outlined in the SON Technical Standards for Admission & Graduation Policy.

    If you have any questions about the requirements, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 410-955-7545 or

  • Computer Recommendations

    Students have access to over 100 computers throughout our buildings. Additionally, the school requires students to own a laptop for use at home or while in the building. If you already own a computer that you wish to use for school work, ideally it should be no older than three years old with sufficient processing power and memory to run current versions of Microsoft Office, and possibly more demanding applications such as statistical software and Second Life. Computer Recommendations

  • Equipment, Uniforms & Books

    The following items are required for all Master of Science in Nursing, Entry into Practice students:


    • Watch with a second hand
    • Stethoscope (Littman Classic II recommended)
    • Aneroid blood pressure cuff (Adult size)


    • Order and Pricing for Masters Entry into Nursing Students (Lab coat provided for MSN, Entry Students only for participation in White Coat Ceremony).
    • Required uniforms for all other programs that have clinical placements will be determined by your clinical instructor. Most advanced practice sites will require that you wear a Johns Hopkins School of Nursing lab coat with name pin.  These items can be purchased at the Matthews Book Center


    Approximately one month before the beginning of your program, your book list should be available on the Matthews Book Center website, where you can search by semester. Your can purchase your textbooks from any vendor. First semester Master's Entry into Nursing Practice students should also receive this information by email before the start of the program.

  • Health Insurance

    All students must maintain adequate health insurance coverage. Students may purchase the student health plan (SHP). Enrollment forms will be mailed to attending students 30 days prior to your first semester.  If you plan to maintain adequate coverage please complete the online waiver form

  • Helpful Information

    Dosage Calculation

    Includes information on dosage calculation book and practice problems; this is for your information and does not have to be turned in. Dosage Calculation. Please note that either the 7th or 8th edition of Henke's Med Math Dosage Calculation, Preparation and Administration is acceptable for the Foundations of Nursing class. Any new or important material in the 8th edition will be covered in class.

    Nursing Terminology

    Includes useful terminology used throughout the program. B.U.R.P.S./Talk Like a Nurse

    APA Style

    APA Training 

  • Housing

    Visit the SON Housing Page for information on finding the perfect neighborhood and dwelling in Baltimore to meet your needs as a nursing student!

  • Refunds

    If you are anticipating student financial aid or loans to cover your living expenses, it is important to keep the green BankMobile envelope. It contains your Personal Code--the key to unlocking your refund preference. The code will be mailed to your address you registered with the School of Nursing.

    Mailing Dates

    • Summer-entry:  First week of March
    • Fall-entry:  First week of June
    • Spring-entry:  First week of November

    If you have any questions about the Student Refund Process, contact Student Accounts at

    Learn more about the refund process

  • Registration for MSN Advanced Nursing Practice Students

    For questions regarding advising and registration, please contact Johanne Noble, Program Administrator at:

  • Transcripts

    Students must submit official transcripts verifying the completion of courses and/or the awarding of a final degree if you completed courses after your acceptance.

    Send to:

    Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
    Office of Admissions
    525 North Wolfe Street
    Student House 100
    Baltimore, MD 21205