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Doctor of Nursing Practice - Clinical Nurse Specialist (onsite & online)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Clinical Nurse Specialist (onsite & online)

Diversifying Your Nursing Career

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.

Certification

Students are prepared to pass the American Nurses Credentialing Center Clinical Nurse Specialist Exam.

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Program Overview

Expand your nursing expertise the Johns Hopkins Clinical Nurse Specialist doctoral program. You’ll build competencies in clinical theory and research-based nursing practice, and you’ll put your new skills to use delivering direct patient care, organizing resources while controlling costs, and educating nurses to improve healthcare delivery systems.

With the program’s broad education and holistic approach, you can experience professional roles as varied as your interests—expert clinician, clinical leader, staff or academic educator, consultant, or researcher.

Those who earn a doctoral degree as a clinical nurse specialist:

  • Serve as educators, outcomes managers, consultants, researchers, change agents, and case managers, as well as clinical nurses
  • Lead and collaborate in an interdisciplinary healthcare team that can include pharmacists, physical therapists, or social workers
  • Provide guidance and support to patients and their families in navigating the complex healthcare delivery system

Program Options

  • Adult/Gerontological Health
  • Adult/Gerontological Critical Care
  • Pediatric Critical Care

Karen Frank, DNP, MS, RN, C-NIC, APRN-CNS, Instructor at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing talks about the roles of a Clinical Nurse Specialist and how the Hopkins program offers world-renowned curriculum and experiences.

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.



 

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Priority Application Deadlines

Fall Entry
January 1, 2017
Still accepting applications for Fall 2017.

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Faculty Leadership

Faculty with leadership roles in membership organizations

Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

NLN designated Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

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

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Requirements

Admission Criteria

  • 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)
  • Additional Requirements for International Applicants


Admissions Application

Prerequisites

No prerequisite courses.

State-Specific Information for Online Programs

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

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 advanced standing credit.

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Curriculum

Program may be completed in 75 credits and provides 672 clinical nurse specialist clinical hours and 336 DNP practicum hours.

Plans of Study

3 Year Plan

  • Fall I (12 credits, Semester 1)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice (3)  
    • Context of Healthcare for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    • Health Information Systems and Patient Care Technology (2)
    • Advanced Pathophysiology/Physiology (4)
  • Spring I (10 credits, Semester 2)
    • The Research Process and Its Application to Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Clinical Pharmacology (4)
    • Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement (3)
  • Summer I (9 credits, Semester 3)
    • Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Across the Lifespan (2)
    • Diagnostics Skills and Procedures for APN (2)
    • Clinical Judgement I (3)
    • Problem Identification  (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56cl)
  • Fall II (8 credits, (9 - Peds CC Only) Semester 4)
    • Philosophical, Theoretical & Ethical Basis of ANP (3)  
    • Nursing Inquiry for EBP (2)
    • Clinical Practicum I (3, 168cl)
    • Human Growth and Development (1) *Peds CC only
  • Spring II (10 credits, Semester 5)
    • Translating Evidence into Practice (3)
    • Clinical Judgement II (2)
    • Clinical Practicum II (3, 168cl)  
    • Project Development (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56cl)
  • Summer II (8 credits, Semester 6)
    • Health Economics and Finance  (3)  
    • Clinical Judgement III (2)
    • Clinical Practicum III (3, 168cl)
  • Fall III (11 credits, Semester 7)
    • Organization and Systems Leadership (2)
    • Analysis and Evaluation of Individuals & Population Health (3)
    • Clinical Practicum IV (3, 168cl)
    • Project Implementation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (2, 112cl)
  • Spring III (7 credits, Semester 8)
    • Clinical Data Management (2)
    • Advanced Nursing Health Policy (2)
    • Project Evaluation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (2, 112cl)
 

4 Year Plan

  • Fall I (9 credits)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Context of Healthcare for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    • Health Economics and Finance  (3)
  • Spring I (7 credits)
    • The Research Process and Its Application to Evidence-Based Practice (3)  
    • Advanced Pathophysiology/Physiology (4)
  • Summer I (6 credits)
    • Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Across the Lifespan (2)
    • Clinical Pharmacology (4)
  • Fall II (8 (9 - Peds CC Only) credits)
    • Philosophical, Theoretical & Ethical Basis of ANP (3)  
    • Health Information Systems and Patient Care Technology (2)
    • Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement (3)
    • Human Growth and Development (1) *Peds CC only
  • Spring II (6 credits)
    • Organization and Systems Leadership (2)  
    • Advanced Nursing Health Policy (2)
    • Diagnostics Skills and Procedures for APN (2)
  • Summer II (5 credits)
    • Clinical Judgement I (3)
    • Problem Identification  (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56 cl)
  • Fall III (7 credits)
    • Nursing Inquiry for EBP (2)
    • Clinical Judgement II (2)
    • Clinical Practicum I (3, 168cl)
  • Spring III (8 credits)
    • Translating Evidence into Practice (3)
    • Clinical Practicum II (3, 168cl)
    • Project Development (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56cl)
  • Summer III (5 credits)
    • Clinical Judgement III (2)
    • Clinical Practicum III (3, 168cl)
  • Fall IV (9 credits)
    • Analysis and Evaluation of Individual & Population Health (3)
    • Clinical Practicum IV (3, 168cl)
    • Project Implementation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (2, 112cl)
  • Spring IV (5 credits)
    • Clinical Data Management (2)  
    • Project Evaluation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (2, 112cl)

 

* 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).

*** CNS Pediatric Critical Care students will take Human Development Across the Lifespan for 1 credit

**** A minimum of 1000 practice hours is required for DNP.

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(September 2017 - May 2018)

Tuition: $45,568 (full-time per year)1
Per credit cost: $1,671
Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Health Insurance: $3,7302
Health Fee: $474
Total Billed Expenses: $50,272

Estimated Other Expenses2

Room: $14,628
Board: $4,968
Books/Supplies: $1,200
Loan fees: $1,584
Personal Expenses: $3,180
Travel Expenses: $4,752
Total Other Expenses: $30,312
Total Expenses: $80,584

1Tuition is listed for students enrolled full-time (9+ credits) each semester. Students enrolled less than full-time will incur less tuition charges each term.

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.

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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

Loans

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.

Loans

Employment

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. 

Employment

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