Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Build a Foundation
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.
Expect the Best
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.
Students are eligible to apply for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) certification as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.
The Path to Your Destination
Nurses who want to improve outcomes for acutely and critically ill adult patients will experience a vigorous academic setting and benefit from rich and varied clinical opportunities to manage adult patients across the continuum of acute, chronic, and critical care. With access to unparalleled Hopkins resources, clinical sites, and faculty, you will learn to develop and apply your assessment, diagnostic, and treatment skills for fast-paced environments where patients are physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, and highly vulnerable to complications.
The curriculum builds your knowledge of nursing theory, research, nursing informatics, statistics, ethics, and the various medical technology and life support devices required to evaluate and treat a demanding patient population.
Those who earn a doctoral degree for the nurse practitioner in adult-gerontological acute care:
- Work in acute and complex care practices such as critical care, post-operative care, and intensive care units in hospitals; specialty services; and medical evacuation and transport units
- Diagnose and treat medical conditions, develop pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic care plans, and review conditions and treatment options with adult patients
- Provide direct patient management from admission to discharge, in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team
I feel a responsibility to be a nurse leader.
Lynn Gordy found her perfect first nursing job in a medical/surgical intensive care unit. "My patients were very sick, and I loved taking care of them," she says. Five years later, she was ready to learn more and develop as a leader in the field.
After a cursory look at nursing programs, Gordy knew that Johns Hopkins offered the perfect choice.
- Admissions Application
- Bachelor of Science degree in nursing or an entry-level nursing master’s degree (from an accredited college or university)
- Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Proof of current nursing licensure. Students must have or obtain Maryland RN licensure for matriculation (or RN license from a compact state)
- One year of full-time RN experience
- Application Fee of $100
- Three Letters of Recommendation (both academic and professional references)
- Official Transcripts (from all previous colleges/universities)
- Current Resume/CV
- Goal statement
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE), recommended, not required
- Faculty Interview (in person or by phone if moved forward by the admissions committee)
- In the two years prior to beginning clinical courses applicant must complete at least one year of full-time RN experience in an acute care setting engaged in the direct care of adults within an inpatient environment (critical care, intermediate care, or medical surgical nursing unit).
- Additional Requirements for International Applicants
No prerequisite courses.
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 outside the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing 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.
Program may be completed in 73 credits and provides 758 + AHA clinical hours.
Plan of Study
4 Year Plan
Fall I (8 credits)
- Foundations of Scholarship - Project Problem Identification (3)
- Context of Healthcare for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
- Advanced Physiology (2)
Spring I (6 credits)
- Economics and Finance (2)
- Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice (3)
- Health Promotion (1)
Summer I (5 credits)
Research Process and its Application to Evidence-based Practice (3)
Health Information Technology (2)
- Research Process and its Application to Evidence-based Practice (3)
Fall II (8 credits)
- Philosophical, Theoretical and Ethical Perspectives of Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
- Advanced Pathophysiology (2)
- Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3)
Spring II (8 credits)
- Advanced Nursing Health Policy (2)
- Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care (3)
- Advanced Health Assessment (+ clinical hours TBD) (3)
Summer II (4 credits)
- Nursing Inquiry (2)
- Introduction to Acute Care (2)
Fall III (9 credits)
- Translation (3)
- Advanced Diagnostics (2)
- Acute Care I (196 clinical hours) (4)
Spring III (5 credits)
- DNP Project Development (practice hours) (2)
- Acute Care II (170 clinical hours) (3)
Summer III (7 credits)
- Analysis and Evaluation of Individuals and Populations (3)
- Acute Care III (196 clinical hours) (4)
Fall IV (7 credits)
- DNP Project Implementation (practice hours) (3)
- Acute Care IV with Seminar (196 clinical hours) (4)
Spring IV (5 credits)
- DNP Project Evaluation (practice hours) (3)
- Clinical Data Management (2)
* Curriculum, credit hours, and sequencing are subject to change.
** Up to 16 credits can be applied from the JHUSON MSN: Entry into Nursing program to the DNP (Advanced Practice).
***A minimum of 1000 practice hours is required for DNP.
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Tuition & Other Costs
(September 2017 - May 2018)
|Tuition:||$37,872 (full-time per year)|
|Per credit cost:||$1,636|
|Matriculation fee:||$500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)|
|Total Billed Expenses:||$44,104|
Estimated Other Expenses2
|Room and Board:||$17,520|
|Personal Expenses:||up to $1,836|
|Travel Expenses:||up to $4,608|
|Total Other Expenses:||$26,928|
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.
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.
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.
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.