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Hopkins Nursing Offers Loan and Certificate Options

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Posted: 3/16/2009

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) is now offering a Nurse Educator Certificate Option (NECO) for graduate students interested in becoming nursing faculty. The NECO will prepare nurse educators to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex educational environment, to work effectively with both traditional and non-traditional learners in clinical and classroom settings, and to use a variety of emerging technologies for teaching and evaluation of learning.

The NECO is a 12-credit course sequence in nursing education and is designed for current or potential full and part-time master's and doctoral students.

To help offset the cost of the NECO, the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is offered for this academic year.  The NFLP provides financial assistance to graduate students pursuing the NECO. The program provides a cancellation provision of up to 85 percent of the loan principal and interest, and the maximum amount of the loan (85%) may be cancelled if the borrower serves as a full-time nurse faculty for four consecutive years following graduation.

Eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and not be in default on a federal debt. Students pursuing post-masters certificate programs are not eligible for the NFLP.

For questions regarding the NECO contact Mary O'Rourke, Director of Admissions and Student Services, at 410-955-7548 or or Anne Belcher, Director of the Office of Teaching Excellence, at 410-955-1730 or  Questions regarding the NFLP can be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services at or 410-955-9840.