The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) accelerated class of 2009 entered in June with 135 students from 35 states, Hong Kong, England, Nigeria, Philippines, Jamaica, New Zealand, Poland, Taiwan, Canada, and Mexico.
The age range for the accelerated class is 21 to 49, with an average age of 27. Although the students come from all over the country, there are more students from the West Coast than Maryland.
"We are so excited to welcome the accelerated 2009 class they are a diverse group of people from throughout the world," said Mary ORourke, Director of Admissions and Student Services.
Seventeen of the 135 students in this class served in the Peace Corps and therefore are entering our Peace Corps Fellows Program.
The JHUSON accelerated program began in 1989, and was developed in response to the nationwide nursing shortage to allow students who already hold a baccalaureate degree to graduate in 13.5 months, beginning in June and graduating the following July. The accelerated programs content, classes, and clinical requirements are exactly the same as the traditional 21-month program. Upon successful completion, the students receive a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in nursing, and are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to obtain licensure as a registered nurse.