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DNP - Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Focusing on the Family

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 take the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners certification examinations as Family Nurse Practitioner.

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Overview

Prepare to provide complete, advanced care for the whole family in this doctoral option that couples theoretical background with evidence-based clinical experiences in a wide variety of community-based practice settings.

With unique access to respected Hopkins faculty and resources, you will develop skills in providing health assessments, direct care, and health maintenance promotion information and tools to the entire family. You will also learn to approach patient care broadly, in the context of the family's physical, emotional, mental, and sociocultural systems.

Those who earn a doctoral degree for the nurse practitioner in family primary care:

  • Can address a wide range of primary care needs, write prescriptions, and order diagnostic tests
  • Apply an evidence-based, family-centered approach to diagnosing and managing common acute and chronic health problems of individuals from infancy through adulthood
  • Work in diverse practice settings such as health clinics and maintenance organizations, student health services, private medical offices, correctional facilities, and emergency rooms
  • Can specialize in HIV/AIDS; pulmonary care; cardiovascular, occupational, and environmental health; or integrated complementary healthcare

Additional HIV Primary Care Certificate

Prepare for the Advanced AIDS Certified Registered Nurse examination by earning this certificate in addition to your doctoral degree at Hopkins Nursing. 

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Priority Application Deadlines

Fall Entry

November 1, January 1

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Amber Richert
Amber Richert
MSN '11, BS '09, RN
The faculty helps me make the most of my Johns Hopkins education.

Three is a magic number for Amber Richert. In 2011, she earned her third degree, an MSN in Family Primary Care. Richert is a world traveler who holds bachelor's degrees in nursing and socio-cultural anthropology. "Being a nurse practitioner fulfills my passion and allows me to use my love of people, science, and community service with my international experience," she says.

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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 preferred
  • 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

Undergraduate Statistics  Take at Hopkins Nursing. Course must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a letter grade of B or better.

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.

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Curriculum

Program may be completed in 81 credits and provides 784 family primary care clinical hours and 224 DNP practicum hours.

Plans of Study

3 Year Plan

  • Fall I (13 Credits)
    • Context of Healthcare for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Advanced Pathophysiology/Physiology (4)
    • Human Growth and Development (1)
    • Advanced Nursing Health Policy (2)
  • Spring I (12 Credits)
    • The Research Process and Its Application to Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Clinical Pharmacology (4)
    • Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement (3)
    • Organization and Systems Leadership (2)
  • Summer I (10 Credits, 56 Clinical Hours)
    • Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Across the Lifespan (2)
    • Diagnostics Skills and Procedures for APN (2)
    • Health Supervision (2)  
    • Clinical Reasoning I (2)
    • Problem Identification (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56cl)
  • Fall II (10 Credits, 168 Clinical Hours)
    • Philosophical, Theoretical & Ethical Basis of ANP (3)
    • Nursing Inquiry for EBP (2)
    • Clinical Reasoning II (2)
    • Clinical Practicum I (3, 168cl)   
  • Spring II (10 Credits, 224 Clinical Hours)
    • Translating Evidence into Practice (3)
    • Clinical Reasoning III (2)
    • Clinical Practicum II (3cr, 168 cl)
    • Project Development (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56cl)
  • Summer II (7 Ccredits, 112 Clinical Hours)
    • Analysis and Evaluation of Individual & Population Health (3)
    • Clinical Reasoning IV (2)
    • Clinical Practicum III (2, 112cl)
  • Fall III (11 Credits, 168 Clinical Hours)
    • Health Information Systems and Patient Care Technology (2)
    • Health Economics and Finance (3)
    • Clinical Reasoning V (2)
    • Clinical Practicum IV (2, 112cl)
    • Project Implementation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56cl)
  • Spring III (8 Credits 280 Clinical Hours)
    • Clinical Data Management (2)
    • Clinical Practicum V (4, 224cl)
    • Project Evaluation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56cl)
 

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 (9 Credits)
    • The Research Process and Its Application to Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Advanced Pathophysiology/Physiology (4)
    • Advanced Nursing Health Policy (2)
  • Summer I (6 Credits)
    • Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Across the Lifespan (2)
    • Clinical Pharmacology (4)
  • Fall II (8 Credits)
    • Health Information Systems and Patient Care Technology (2)
    • Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement (3)
    • Organizational and Systems Leadership (2)
    • Human Growth and Development (1)
  • Spring II (9 Credits)
    • Philosophical, Theoretical & Ethical Basis of ANP (3)
    • Diagnostics Skills and Procedures for APN (2)
    • Health Supervision (2)
    • Clinical Reasoning I (2)
  • Summer II (7 Credits, 224 Clinical Hours)
    • Clinical Reasoning II (2)
    • Clinical Practicum I (3, 168cl)
    • Problem Identification (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56 cl)
  • Fall III (7 Credits, 168 Clinical Hours)
    • Nursing Inquiry for EBP (2)
    • Clinical Reasoning III (2)
    • Clinical Practicum II (3, 168 cl)
  • Spring III (9 Credits, 224 Clinical Hours)
    • Translating Evidence into Practice (3)
    • Clinical Reasoning IV (2)
    • Clinical Practicum II  (2, 168 cl)
    • Project Development (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56 cl)
  • Summer III (7 Credits, 112 Clinical Hours)
    • Analysis &Evaluation of Individual & Population Health (3)
    • Clinical Reasoning V (2)
    • Clinical Practicum IV (2, 112cl)
  • Fall IV (6 Credits, 280 Clinical Hours)
    • Clinical Practicum V (4, 224cl)
    • Project Implementation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56 cl)
  • Spring IV (4 Credits, 56 Clinical Hours)
    • Clinical Data Management (2)
    • Project Evaluation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56 cl)


* 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

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 Expenses3

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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