We look forward to welcoming you to the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing community 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 a Hopkins student!

Orientation Fall 2024


  • Tuesday, August 20, 2024 – White coat pick-up and PPE fitting (School of Nursing, Pinkard Building)
    • Last Names A-E: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • Last Names F-O: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2024 – White coat pick-up and PPE fitting (School of Nursing, Pinkard Building)
    • Last Names P-Z: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Happy Hour: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (optional; highly encouraged)
  • Thursday, August 22, 2024, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (required in-person) (School of Nursing, Pinkard Building)
    • White Coat Ceremony – 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    • White Coat Reception immediately following at 4:30 PM
  • Friday, August 23, 2024, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (required in-person) (School of Nursing, Pinkard Building)
  • All students are also required to participate in an asynchronous virtual orientation. More details will be provided.



  • Wednesday, August 21, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – required synchronous virtual orientation
  • All students are also required to participate in an asynchronous virtual orientation. More details will be provided.


  • Tuesday, August 27, 2024, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT – required synchronous virtual orientation
  • All students are also required to participate in an asynchronous virtual orientation. More details will be provided.


  • Wednesday, August 21, 2024 – required in-person orientation for PhD
  • Week of August 26th, 2024 (Date TBD) – required synchronous virtual orientation for DNP
  • All students are also required to participate in an asynchronous virtual orientation. More details will be provided.


  • Wednesday, August 21, 2024 – required in-person orientation
  • All students are also required to participate in an asynchronous virtual orientation. More details will be provided.


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. If your books are not listed contact [email protected].


The Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus includes the School of Nursing, School of Public Health, School of Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Refer to the JHMI Map for parking and building locations.

Making the Transition

Pre-Enrollment 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 these 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.

  • If you have been admitted for the Fall semester, please wait until May 15 to begin the compliance process. The compliance due date is July 15th.

  • If you have been admitted for the Spring semester, please wait until October 1 to begin the compliance process. The compliance due date is December 15th.

  • If you have been admitted for the Summer semester, please wait until March 1st to begin the compliance process. The compliance due date is May 1st.

Follow these instructions to purchase the correct package from CastleBranch:

  • Visit jhu.castlebranch.com/JO78/package-selection
  • “Please Select” the appropriate degree and package. (If you aren’t sure which to select, contact Student Affairs at 667-306-9649.)

  • 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.

Important Background Check and Drug Test information

  • Castle Branch will conduct the background check and no further action is required on your part. If you have not had continuous US residence for the last 7 years, you will be required to purchase an additional international background check for any country that you resided in during this time.

  • CastleBranch will email you instructions for your drug screening once you have placed your order. (Please be aware that a “dilute negative” drug test result will not be accepted as a result for your drug screening, and you will be required to take another test at your expense.) If you will not be in the US within sufficient time to complete the drug screening prior to the compliance deadline, you will also be required to purchase an international drug screening.

  • The cost for international background check(s) and drug test(s) varies by country and can be substantial. If you have any questions about this process please contact [email protected].

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

Documentation of COVID vaccination is required of all JHSON students. Documentation MUST be uploaded to CastleBranch. Please read this important letter from the School of Nursing’s Administration regarding exemption requests. 

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

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

B.U.R.P.S./Talk Like a Nurse

The link above includes useful terminology that can be  used throughout your  program.

Thanks to the JHSON Alumni Association, who with faculty, staff, and students, have committed to purchasing your white lab coat and the recommended program blood pressure cuff. Both will be available to you at orientation.


  • Watch with a second hand
  • Stethoscope (Littman Classic II or III recommended)
  • Pen Light


You have 2 options for purchasing JHSON uniforms. You will not need to purchase a lab coat if you are in the MSN Entry into Nursing Program. If you need a lab coat in any other program, you will be informed by your clinical instructor or preceptor. Most advanced practice sites will require that you wear a Johns Hopkins School of Nursing lab coat. If you are required to purchase a coat you may do so from one of the vendors below.  Additional information is available in the Catalogue.

MSN, Entry into Nursing students will need white and navy scrub tops and navy scrub pants.  Scrub tops must be purchased through the vendors below. Navy scrub pants can be purchased from any vendor. The Matthews JHU Bookstore can also assist with the purchase of scrub skirts if required for religious purposes.

Shoes must be non-permeable, and preferably black or blue. Sneakers, canvas shoes, and Crocs are not permitted.

All students in degree and certificate programs are required to have health insurance coverage. All students will be automatically in the Student Health Plan (SHP.) Students can waive SHP insurance with documented insurance coverage that meets University requirements. International students are required to purchase the University’s insurance plan. For more information, visit https://nursing.jhu.edu/information/current-student/student-affairs/health-safety/index.html.

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

For information about refunds and how to sign up for electronic refunds, visit SEAM Refunds.

For questions regarding advising and registration, please contact Terica Dorsey, Program Administrator at: [email protected]

Visit the Student Disability Services page for information about services and the process to request accommodations.

You may link to our Transfer of Credit policy here: https://e-catalogue.jhu.edu/nursing/policies/transfer-graduate-credit/.

The curricula of the School of Nursing requires that students engage in diverse and complex experiences directed at achieving competencies, knowledge, skills, attributes and professional values. Applicants for all academic programs, and enrolled degree and certificate-seeking students, must possess certain abilities and skills deemed essential for meeting the professional standards of accrediting agencies.

The School of Nursing is committed to diversity and to attracting and educating students who will make the population of healthcare professionals’ representative of the national population.  We actively collaborate with students to develop innovative ways to ensure accessibility and create a respectful accountable culture through our confidential and specialized disability support. We are committed to excellence in accessibility; we encourage students with disabilities to disclose and seek accommodations.

The School of Nursing provides the following technical standards to inform incoming and enrolled students of the performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the nursing curriculum and provide effective and safe health care.  To matriculate (enroll) the student must meet technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations and maintain related satisfactory demonstration of these standards for progression through the program. We wish to ensure that access to our facilities, programs, and services are available to students with disabilities. The university provides reasonable accommodations to students on a nondiscriminatory basis consistent with legal requirements as outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments ACT (ADAAA) of 2008, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Questions or concerns regarding these technical standards should be directed the Associate Dean for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, (410) 955-7454.

Candidates for nursing degrees or certificates must be able to meet the technical standards (listed below) with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Observation: Students must have sufficient capacity to make accurate observations and interpret them in the context of laboratory studies, medication administration and patient care activities. A student must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Overall, they must be able to effectively monitor, assess and respond to health needs.
  • Communication: Students must accurately elicit or interpret information: medical history and other information to evaluate adequately a client or patient’s condition. Students must be able to record information clearly and accurately interpret verbal and nonverbal communication to patients and the health care team. They must be able to communicate effectively in teams. Students must be able to determine a deeper meaning or significance in what is being expressed. They also must be able to connect with others to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions. They must be able to interact effectively with the health-care team and maintain accurate clinical records on patient care.
  • Clinical Skills: Students are required to possess motor skills sufficient to independently elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other manually-based diagnostic procedures. Students should be able to conduct laboratory and diagnostic tests, and carry out physical assessments. Students must possess motor skills required for their specialty’s scope of practice. The student must also be able to coordinate fine and gross muscular movements to treat patients in emergency situations. Emergency situations include any circumstance requiring immediate remedy.
  • Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: Students must be able to develop and refine problem-solving skills that are critical to practice as a nurse. Students must have the ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize objective and subjective data and to make decisions that reflect consistent and sound clinical judgment. Students must possess good judgment in patient assessment, and the abilities to incorporate new information, comprehend three- dimensional relationships, and retain and recall pertinent information in a timely fashion. This includes decision-making in order to maintain safety and security of patients and to behave appropriately with patients, staff, students, supervisors and faculty.
  • Behavioral and Social Attributes: Students must possess the physical and emotional health required for the application of their intellectual abilities and the employment of sound judgment in an appropriate and prompt manner. Students must be able to function effectively under physically taxing workloads in both classroom and clinical settings, and in times of physical and mental stress. Students must display compassion, sensitivity, and concern for others, and maintain professional integrity at all times. Students must be able to adapt to changing environments; display flexibility; accept and integrate constructive criticism and learn to function cooperatively and efficiently in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical practice. This includes appropriately interacting with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  • Program Specific Requirements: In addition to the areas enumerated above, applicants and students must also possess any abilities and skills deemed essential for their particular program. These areas of enumerated skills and abilities are the minimum attributes required of applicants for admission to the specific nursing program and of students who are candidates for graduation.