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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Executive

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 DNP final project 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 - Executive 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

DNP Final 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 DNP final project.  The DNP final project is the student’s original work that establishes them as a Hopkins Nursing clinical scholar.

Additional Information

View the recording of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Executive virtual information session.

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Application Deadline

Summer Entry
November 1, January 1
Still accepting applications for Summer 2017.

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Faculty Leadership

Faculty with leadership roles in membership organizations


School of Nursing supports three community based health centers in Baltimore City

Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

NLN designated Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

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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 (from state where the project 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.

State-Specific Information for Online Programs

Students currently cannot conduct clinical activities in Massachusetts. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific  information for online programs.

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

  • Students Admitted Summer 2015 - Second Year Cohort IX (2016-2017)
    • December 5-7, 2016: DNP Presentations On Site
    • April 18 & April 25, 2017: DNP Final Projects
  • Students Admitted Summer 2016 - First Year Class SPR 2018 (2016-2017)
    • June 1-3, 2016:  DNP Orientation On-Site
    • August 31-September 4, 2016 (Start of Fall, 2016):  DNP Fall Immersion On Site
    • December 5-9, 2016: DNP Presentations & Immersion On Site
    • January 30-February 3, 2017: DNP Spring Immersion On Site
    • May 1-5, 2017: DNP Project Justifications On-Site
  • Students Admitted Summer 2016 - Second Year Class SPR 18 (2017-2018)
    • May, 2018 - TBD 1 day prior to University Commencement - DNP Scholarly Project Dissemination Conference
  • Students Admitted in Summer 2017 - First Year Class SPR 19 (2017-2018)
    • May 15-19, 2017 Executive DNP Orientation On-Site
    • March 5-7, 2018 Synchronous Immersion (On-Site or Zoom)
  • Students Admitted in Summer 2017 - Second Year Class SPR 19 (2018-2019)
    • May, 2019 - TBD 1 day prior to University Commencement - DNP Scholarly Project Dissemination Conference

Course of Study

First Year (19 credits)

  • Summer
    • NR.210.800 Foundation for Scholarship (2)
    • NR.210.896 Project Problem Identification (3)
  • Fall
    • NR.210.801 Analytical Approaches to Outcomes Management: Individuals and Populations (3)
    • NR.210.803 Nursing Inquiry for Evidence-Based Practice (3)
  • Spring
    • NR.210.805 Translating Evidence into Practice (3)
    • NR.210.897 Project Development (3)


Second Year (21 credits)

  • Summer
    • NR.210.802 Advanced Nursing Health Policy (3)
    • NR.210.806 Health Economics and Finance (3)
  • Fall
    • NR.210.804 Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care (3)
    • NR.210.807 Clinical Data Management I (2)
    • NR.210.898 Project Implementation (3)
  • Spring
    • NR.210.808 Clinical Data Management II (2)
    • NR.210.899 Project Evaluation (3)


*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 2016- May 2017)

Tuition: $37,306
Per credit cost: $1,622
Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Total Billed Expenses: $37,806

Estimated Other Expenses1

Room and Board: $17,520
Books/Supplies: $2,784
Loan fees: $180
Personal $1,836
Travel $4,608
Total Other Expenses: $26,928
Total Expenses: $64,734

1Amounts for other expenses vary based upon student's selection of books, supplies, and living arrangements.

Tuition rates are estimates and subject to change annually. DNP students who enroll in 9 or more credit hours per semester are charged a flat tuition rate per semester. Enrolling in 8 or fewer credits per semester results in tuition being charged per credit hour. The tuition estimate is based on the flat rate (9+ credits) being charged in the fall and spring semesters respectively and a per credit rate being charged in the summer semester, based on a sample 3 year program of study with 7 credits are taken in the first summer semester. 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. Check out our Nurse Educator Certificate.

  • 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 DNP final project will be completed by the end of the program. See the DNP final project for details.

  • How do clinicals work?

    Students are asked to find preceptors in their local area. Once students identify a preceptor, the school will draft an affiliation agreement with the clinical site. At some during their rotations, a faculty member will conduct a site visit to evaluate students' progress. Students are encouraged to submit preceptor information as early as possible because the contract process can take up to three months.

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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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