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Adult-Gerontological 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.

Read Anthony's Story
  • Program

    Program Overview

    Discover 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, 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-gerontological 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 HIV/AIDS


    Students are prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners certification examinations as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

    Additional HIV Primary Care Certificate

    Prepare for the Advanced AIDS Certified Registered Nurse examination by earning this certificate in addition to your master's degree at Hopkins Nursing. Learn More

  • Program

    Program Requirements

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

    Admissions Criteria

    • Admissions Application
    • Bachelor's of Science degree in nursing
    • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university
    • Demonstrated commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit
    • Community service and professional commitment
    • Interview with faculty member
    • Written expression of goals
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools
    • Current Resume/CV
    • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing licensure. Students must have or obtain Maryland RN licensure for matriculation (or RN license from compact state)


    Transfer of Credit

    Transfer of credit is granted on an individual basis. Decisions are 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 along with the complete course syllabus.

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

  • Curriculum


    Program may be completed in 16 months (4 semesters) and provides more than 500 clinical hours.

    View Full Curriculum and Sample Courses of Study

  • Tuition

    Tuition and Other Costs

    MSN Program (September 2015-May 2016)

    Billed Expenses

    Tuition: $36,216 (full-time per year)1
    Per credit cost: $1,509
    Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
    Health Insurance: $2,6562
    Health fee: $316
    Total Billed Expenses: $39,688

    Estimated Other Expenses3

    Room and Board: $12,744
    Books/Supplies: $1,856
    Loan fees: $146
    Personal Expenses: up to $1,350
    Travel Expenses: up to $3,366
    Total Other Expenses: $19,462
    Total Expenses: $59,150

    1Full-time: 12 credit hours per semester
    2All students must have health coverage.  Purchase of the School’s plan is optional.
    3Amounts for other expenses vary based upon student's selection of books, supplies, and living arrangements.

    Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees. 

  • Funding

    Funding Opportunities

    The Office of Student Financial Services is available to provide counseling on financing opportunities to ensure that students are able to pursue their educational goals.

    The School of Nursing participates in several financial aid programs that can help to pay education expenses, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work study. Students typically fund their studies through a combination of these sources.

    Scholarships & Grants

    Grants are awards based on financial need that do not have to be repaid. Many students also benefit from scholarships and awards based on merit.  More

    To be given consideration for a Merit Scholarship Award, you must be accepted for admission by March 1. Please note that on average it takes the Admissions Committee approximately one month to reach a decision upon receipt of a completed application.


    Many students will avail themselves of loans to help finance their School of Nursing Education. If necessary, we encourage you to borrow only what is absolutely essential to cover your educational costs.  More

    Employment Opportunities

    Many students locate part-time employment to help pay education expenses. Numerous positions are available on campus and within various community based organizations. These jobs provide students with opportunities to gain practical work experience. Most positions are funded through the Federal Work-Study Program.  More

    Other Funding Sources

    We encourage students to seek outside funding opportunities. Information can be obtained from library resource books and professional organizations and alumni organizations.  More

Application Deadlines

Fall Entry
January 1

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Post-Master's Certificate Option

Already have a master's in nursing? Check out our post-degree options in adult primary care.

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