New options for those who want to work with urban populations in underserved regions are now available through the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) partnership with Teach for America.
As the first nursing school to forge such a relationship with the nationally recognized program, Hopkins offers waived application fees and special admissions consideration to Teach for America corps members and alumni, plus two-year deferrals to students admitted to JHUSON and who choose to join Teach for America in the year that his/her academic studies commence. Applying students can be admitted to either the second-degree option–the 13.5-month accelerated program–or the two-year baccalaureate traditional option. In addition, and depending on the availability of funds, JHUSON will provide at least one half-tuition scholarship for $12,500 each year to students enrolled in the program.
Teach for America strives to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation’s most promising future leaders. While teaching in underserved areas, Teach for America corps members often are asked questions about health or become involved in educational programs concerning health issues–all of which lead to an interest in the health professions, particularly nursing.
“This partnership will help to extend our academic opportunities to students that share our commitment to excellence and community engagement,” said Sandra Angell, MLA, RN, JHUSON Associate Dean for Student Affairs. “It will allow us to attract a greater number of these students to an educational environment that understands and appreciates the principles the students learned from prior leadership positions.”