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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



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

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Priority Application Deadlines

Fall Entry
January 1, 2017

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Faculty Leadership

Faculty with leadership roles in membership organizations

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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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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 73 credits and provides 616 clinical hours.

Plans of Study

3 Year Plan

  • Fall I (11 credits, Semester 1)
    • Foundations for Practice Scholarship (3)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice (3)
    • Context of Healthcare for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    • Advanced Physiology (2)
  • Spring I (10 credits, Semester 2)
    • Advanced Pathophysiology (2)
    • Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3)
    • Advanced Health Assessment (3)
    • Health Promotion (2)
  • Summer I (6 credits, Semester 3)
    • Research Process and its Application to Evidence-based Practice (3)
    • Common Health Problems (2)
    • Clinical Judgment I (1)
  • Fall II (10 credits, Semester 4)
    • Nursing Inquiry (2)
    • Philosophical, Theoretical and Ethical Perspectives of Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    • Clinical Practicum I (168 clinical hours) (3)
    • Health Information & Technology (2)
  • Spring II (9 credits, Semester 5)
    • DNP Project Development (practice hours) (2)
    • Translation (3)
    • Clinical Judgment II  (1)
    • Clinical Practicum II (168 clinical hours) (3)
  • Summer II (6 credits, Semester 6)
    • Analysis and Evaluation of Individuals and Populations (3)
    • Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care (3)
  • Fall III (12 credits, Semester 7)
    • DNP Project Implementation (practice hours) (3)
    • Teaching Strategies in Nursing (3)
    • Econonics and Finance (2)
    • Clinical Judgment III (1)
    • Clinical Practicum III (168 clinical hours) (3)
  • Spring III (9 credits, Semester 8)
    • DNP Project Evaluation (practice hours) (3)
    • Advanced Nursing Health Policy (2)
    • Clinical Data Management (2)
    • Clinical Practicum IV (112 clinical hours) (2)

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 (7 credits)
    • Economics and Finance (2)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice (3)
    • Health Promotion (2)
  • Summer I (5 credits)
    • Research Process and its Application to Evidence-based Practice (3)
    • Health Information Technology (2)
  • 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 (3)
  • Summer II (5 credits)
    • Common Health Problems (2)
    • Clinical Judgment I  (1)
    • Nursing Inquiry (2)
  • Fall III (6 credits)
    • Translation  (3)
    • Clinical Practicum I (168 clinical hours)  (3)
  • Spring III (6 credits)
    • DNP Project Development (practice hours) (2)
    • Clinical Judgment II  (1)
    • Clinical Practicum II (168 clinical hours)  (3)
  • Summer III (6 credits)
    • Analysis and Evaluation of Individuals and Populations (3)
    • Teaching Strategies in Nursing (3)
  • Fall IV (7 credits)
    • DNP Project Implementation (practice hours) (3)
    • Clinical Judgment III  (1)
    • Clinical Practicum III (168 clinical hours) (3)
  • Spring IV (7 credits)
    • DNP Project Evaluation (practice hours) (3)
    • Clinical Practicum IV (112 clinical hours) (2)
    • 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).

*** 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: $39,557 (full-time per year)
Per credit cost: $1,636
Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Health Insurance: $3,6221
Health Fee: $474
Total Billed Expenses: $45,789

Estimated Other Expenses2

Room and Board: $17,520
Books/Supplies: $2,784
Loan fees: $180
Personal Expenses: up to $1,836
Travel Expenses: up to $4,608
Total Other Expenses: $26,928
Total Expenses: $72,424

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.

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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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