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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Advancing Evidence into Practice


Planning to drive healthcare innovation and influence policy? Get the analytic skills and evidence-based practice principles you need in the DNP program at Johns Hopkins. You'll forge your own intellectual path and wrap up your curriculum with an intense Capstone experience.

Apply Your Experience

You'll address significant healthcare problems-defined by your interests and based on your experience-in real time and in your practice setting. And you'll find numerous opportunities for collaboration, challenging problems for study, and a tradition of rigorous scholarship.

Executive Mentorship

For the selected DNP students, the Nurse Leader Executive Mentorship Program has the potential to bring life-changing experiences and learning opportunities. The experience offers avenues to share expertise, and engage and positively influence tomorrow's professional healthcare leaders. Financial support is available.

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Why Hopkins?

Those who earn a Johns Hopkins DNP degree:

  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership for quality and safety in healthcare systems
  • Apply clinical scholarship, as well as information systems and technology, to provide and/or transform healthcare
  • Use strategies of risk reduction/illness prevention, health promotion, and health maintenance to improve the care of individuals, families, and populations
  • Develop, evaluate, advocate, and provide leadership for healthcare policy that shapes healthcare financing, regulation, access, and delivery

Capstone Project

DNP graduates remain in practice, leading cross-professional teams in the improvement and provision of informed quality healthcare. The knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct such work is developed across the program and applied in the conduct of the Capstone Project.  The capstone is the student’s original work that establishes them as a Hopkins Nursing clinical scholar.

DNP Capstone

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Application Deadline

Summer Entry
January 1

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Faculty with leadership roles in membership organizations

Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

NLN designated Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

Four Corners

Located adjacent to the top-ranked Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

Top 15%

Among the top 15% of colleges, universities, and trade schools recognized by G.I.Jobs as “Military Friendly”  

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Jemma Ayvazian
Jemma Ayvazian
Jonas Scholar 2012-2013
When I learned that Johns Hopkins matched my needs and interests, I didn’t apply for any other program.

In 2003, Jemma Ayvazian was a typical military spouse, residing on a U.S. Army base in Germany--then she saw the veterans coming back from Iraq. "That's when I set a goal to become a nurse," she says. After earning her bachelor's and master's degrees, she began the DNP program at Johns Hopkins. For her capstone project, she designed a comprehensive care program for veterans that addressed mental health, pain management, and traumatic brain injury, too.

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Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor's Degree (from an accredited nursing program or equivalency)
  • Master's Degree in Nursing (from a nationally accredited program)
    • At least a 3.0 GPA
    • Applicants with MBS, MHA, or other non-nursing graduate degrees will be considered on a case by case basis
  • RN and APRN Certification/Licensure (from state where the capstone courses will be completed)
  • Application Fee of $100
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts (from all previous colleges/universities)
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Faculty Interview (in person or by phone)
  • Goal statement/project proposal (demonstrating commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit)
  • Mentor Identification (should be in your practice setting who will provide meaningful consultation and guidance within your organization throughout the curriculum)

Admissions Application


Graduate Level Biostatistics (3 credits): Demonstrates evidence of statistical literacy and statistical reasoning enabling students to critically read and evaluate healthcare literature. Course must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a letter grade of B or better.

International Students

This program does not qualify for F-1 or J-1 student sponsorship. Legal Permanent Residents and non-immigrants who are otherwise physically present in the U.S. and in a status that allows for full or part-time study, may pursue this program.

Transfer of Credits

Transfer of credit is granted on an individual basis. Up to 6 credits of graduate coursework taken at Johns Hopkins University or elsewhere within the last five years may be accepted for transfer.


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The program's executive session format can be completed in six semesters of full-time study, integrating approximately two weeks of on-site classes each semester during the first year with online and virtual learning experiences.

Onsite Dates

  • First Year (2014-2015)
    • June 4-6: New Student Orientation
    • September 2-5: Fall Semester Onsite Week
    • October 13-17: Fall Semester OnSite Week
    • December 10-12: Fall Semester Presentations
    • January 5-9: Spring Semester OnSite Week
    • March 2-6: Spring Semester OnSite Week
    • April 27-May 15 (one day onsite): DNP Justifications
  • Second Year (2015-2016)
    • December 7-9: Fall Semester On-Site Week
    • March 28-April 22 (one day onsite): DNP Final Defense

Course of Study

First Year (19 credits)

  • Summer
    • NR.210.800 Foundation for Scholarship
    • NR.210.896 Capstone I: Mentored Scholarship
  • Fall
    • NR.210.801 Analytical Approaches to Outcomes Management: Individuals and Populations
    • NR.210.803 Nursing Inquiry for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Spring
    • NR.210.805 Translating Evidence into Practice
    • NR.210.897 Capstone II: Project Management


Second Year (21 credits)

  • Summer
    • NR.210.804 Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care
    • NR.210.806 Health Economics and Finance
  • Fall
    • NR.210.802 Advanced Nursing Health Policy
    • NR.210.898 Capstone III: Implementation
    • NR.210.807 Clinical Data Management I
  • Spring
    • NR.210.808 Clinical Data Management II
    • NR.210.899 Capstone IV: Evaluation


*Electives may be taken at the School of Nursing, School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Carey Business School.

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Academic Manual

Important policies, procedures, and resources for easy reference.

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(June 2015 - May 2016)

Tuition: $36,530
Per credit cost: $1,588
Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Total Billed Expenses: $37,0301

Estimated Other Expenses2

Room and Board: $9,000
Books/Supplies: $2,784
Loan fees: $219
Total Other Expenses: $12,003
Total Expenses: $49,033

1All students must have health coverage. Purchase of the School’s plan is optional.
2Amounts 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.        

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a DNP?

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a doctoral degree for nurses at the highest level of nursing practice. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has proposed that the DNP degree will be the level of entry for all advanced practice nurses by 2015.

  • Is a DNP necessary?

    Changing demands of today's complex healthcare environment, outlined in recent reports from the Institute of Medicine, require nurses serving in specialty positions have the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise possible. Nurses are constantly working with individuals who have a high level of preparation in their respective fields - physicians, pharmacists, and other health providers. The effectiveness of nurses is directly related to the amount and type of education they receive, and recent research has established a clear link between higher levels of nursing education and better patient outcomes.

  • What knowledge, skills and abilities will a DNP provide over my previous education?

    Practice-focused doctoral programs prepare experts in specialized advanced practice nursing. Preparation includes the development of advanced competencies for increasingly complex practice and leadership roles; enhanced knowledge to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes; and enhanced leadership skills to strengthen practice and healthcare delivery.

  • What are the differences between the DNP and PhD programs?

    The DNP program builds upon the current master's program content to prepare nurse leaders for evidence-based practice in both direct patient care and executive roles. This requires competence in translating research in practice, evaluating evidence, applying research in decision-making, and implementing viable clinical and organizational innovations to change practice.

    The PhD program is designed to prepare nurses for careers as research scientists, often in academic or governmental positions.  View Comparison Chart

  • I'm currently a Nurse Practitioner, will I have to return to school to get a DNP in order to practice?

    No, advanced practice nurses with master's degrees will be able to continue to practice in their current capacities.

  • Are graduates able to become nurse educators in schools of nursing?

    Yes, but the DNP degree does not prepare nurses to be educators. Graduates from all doctoral programs (DNP and PhD) who want to teach should take additional coursework in education. Expectations of faculty in terms of scholarship (i.e., research and publications) vary widely across institutions.

  • Will credits from other programs transfer?

    Up to six credits from another institution may be transferred into the DNP program with approval.

  • Is the program accredited?

    Yes, our DNP program has full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education until 2019.

  • Are GRE scores required?

    No, GRE scores are not required.

  • Is part-time study an option?

    No, currently part-time study is not an option for this program.

  • Is a dissertation required?

    No, a dissertation is not required. Instead, a capstone project will be completed by the end of the program. See the "Capstone Project" for details.

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Funding Opportunities

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.

Scholarships & Grants


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.



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. 


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