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Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Supporting the Adult Patient
Anthony Pho
"There are more opportunities than you can possibly ever take advantage of."
Anthony Pho , MSN/MPH '11, BS '08, RN

When Anthony Pho was working 12- to 16-hour days managing engineers at Microsoft in California, his best friend was hospitalized. After watching a nurse care for his friend, "I just didn't see myself being fulfilled in high-tech anymore," says Pho. Soon after, he packed his bags, headed to Baltimore, and completed his accelerated baccalaureate degree.

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  • Program

    Program Overview

    At the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, nurses will find a rich academic and clinical environment that facilitates the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic primary health problems in adult patients. As a student in the Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program, you will build your abilities in physical and psychosocial assessment, clinical decision-making, and health promotion and disease prevention, while taking advantage of resources found only at the Hopkins medical institutions.

    World renowned faculty develop a curriculum and sequence of clinical experiences at diverse outpatient and community sites to ensure that each student receives a well-rounded education in comprehensive, coordinated first-contact, and longitudinal adult patient care, as well as advanced preparation for licensure exams.

    Those who earn a master's degree for the nurse practitioner in adult-geriatric primary care:

    • Assist adult patients in maintaining and promoting their health
    • Advocate for underserved adult individuals and groups
    • Work in a variety of settings, including community health clinics, health maintenance organizations, specialty clinics, correctional facilities, and private medical practices
    • Can specialize in such areas as HIV/AIDS; pulmonary care; cardio-vascular, occupational, and environmental health; or integrated complementary healthcare
    • Are prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center or National Certification Board of Adult Nurse Practitioners/Nurses certification examinations as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care
  • Program

    Program Requirements

    Students may apply for full- or part-time study.

    The school seeks individuals who will bring to the student body the qualities of scholarship, motivation, and commitment. The Admissions Committee is interested in each applicant as an individual and will consider both academic potential and personal qualities. Therefore, school records, test scores, recommendations, and essays about goals and interests are important.

    Recommendations about a student's character, intellectual curiosity, seriousness of purpose, and range of extracurricular activities are considered.

    Selection factors include:

    • Bachelor of Science degree in nursing
    • Scholastic Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university
    • GRE scores within the past five years (MSN/MPH applicants only). Our GRE school code is 5767.
    • Demonstrated commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit
    • Community service and professional commitment
    • Interview with faculty member*
    • Written expression of goals
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing licensure. Students must have or obtain Maryland Registered Nurse licensure for matriculation

    *Interview with a faculty member may or may not be requested.

    Additionally, applicants for the Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program

    • Will be exceptional students who are carefully chosen based on a number of factors including previous experiences. Direct care acute care experiences will be required;
    • Will be required to attend part time during their first year in the program while working as a staff nurse in a critical care unit full time (more than 36 hours per week), and will not begin NP clinical courses until their second year.


    • Undergraduate Statistics
    • Health Assessment (for NP and CNS applicants only)

    In addition to the prerequisites above, the following courses are also required for MSN/MPH applicants:

    • College level course in Quantitative Science (ex. Algebra, Calculus, Statistics)
    • General Biology
    • Health Related Science (ex. Nutrition, Anatomy, Physiology)

    Transfer of Credit

    Transfer of credit is granted on an individual basis. The decision is based on equivalent content (for required courses), credit allotment and satisfactory completion of courses. You may petition for permission to substitute a course from another college or university by submitting a request to the Office of Admissions and Student Services along with the complete course syllabus.

    Up to 6 credits of graduate course work taken at Johns Hopkins University or elsewhere may be accepted for transfer. Course work must have been completed within the last five years. Course work at the undergraduate level will not be considered for advanced standing credit.

  • Curriculum


    Program may be completed in 15 months (4 semesters) and provides more than 500 clinical hours. To apply, you must have completed one year of full-time experience as a registered nurse in an acute care setting prior to clinical sequence.

    View Full Curriculum and Sample Courses of Study

  • Tuition

    Tuition and Other Costs

    Billed Expenses (September 2014 - May 2015)
    Tuition:  $34,824* (full-time Fall & Spring does not include summer)
    Per credit cost:  $1,451
    Matriculation fee:  $500 (onetime only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
    Health Insurance: $2,421**
    Health Fee: $450

    Estimated Other Expenses***

    Room and Board: $12,294
    Books/Supplies: $1,856
    Personal Expenses: up to $1,350
    Travel Expenses:  up to $3,366

    *Full-time: 12 credit hours per semester, $17,412.00 per semester
    **All students must have health coverage.  Purchase of the School’s plan is optional.
    ***Amounts for other expenses vary based upon student's selection of books, supplies, and living arrangements.

    Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice.

Application Deadlines

Fall Entry
December 1

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