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The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Celebrates and Says Farewell to Baccalaureate Program


The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) will celebrate its last class receiving a bachelor of science degree with a major in nursing at the school’s degree completion ceremony on July 22. It will mark the end of 30 years offering the degree and celebrate the more than 5,000 graduates who have walked this stage before to begin their journey as baccalaureate-prepared nurses.

“This class will forever hold a special place in our school’s history,” says Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “These students, just as the many who have preceded them, have demonstrated a passion for learning, a perseverance to achieve, and a commitment to the excellence that will propel their success as future nurses.”

Last fall, JHSON began the transition to an all-graduate school when it welcomed its first class of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Entry into Nursing Practice program. The new option, which now gives students with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in nursing, was a major change in the school’s offerings. It reflected the growing need for nurses who can lead advanced practice care and responded to the Institute of Medicine’s call for higher education among nurses.

Not unlike the school’s growth since its foundation as a hospital training school for nurses, the JHSON has through the years responded to changing needs in health care and worked to improve education of nurses for the benefit of both the profession and the communities, locally and globally, that it serves.

“As we celebrate our last baccalaureate class, it’s important to reflect on our foundation and remember the innovative thinkers who went before us and paved the way for higher education. We are excited now to honor this last class and look forward to seeing what great things they will accomplish in the future,” says Davidson. 


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice and ranks #1 nationally among graduate schools of nursing and #2 for DNP programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 2 nursing school in the world and is named the “Most Innovative Nursing Graduate Program in the U.S” by Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees. The school is #1 among nursing schools for Federal Research Grants and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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