School of Nursing transitions to all-graduate programs

nursing graduates in their caps and gowns

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The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing recently graduated its last class to receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. The event marked the end of 30 years offering the degree, which has been conferred on more than 5,000 graduates. Nursing will now offer only graduate-level programs.

"This class will forever hold a special place in our school's history," says Patricia Davidson, dean of the School of Nursing. Last fall, the school began the transition to an all-graduate school when it welcomed its first class in the Master of Science in Nursing: Entry into Nursing Practice program. The new option, which gives students with a bachelor's degree in another discipline the opportunity to earn a master's degree in nursing, is a major change in the school's orientation. It reflects the growing need for nurses who can lead advanced practice care and responds to the Institute of Medicine's call for more advanced education among nurses.

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