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Doctor of Nursing Practice/Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice/Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (DNP/PhD)

Why Hopkins?

Students in the DNP/PhD dual degree program are motivated by clinical practice and research innovations that will produce practice transformations and improve care. This program is the first in the country where students can receive both degrees simultaneously from one school, and graduates will be prepared at the highest level to conduct clinical research, teach, mentor, and implement innovations to enhance patient outcomes.

Curriculum Highlights

The DNP/PhD program requires completion of both teaching and research residencies. Through the experiences, students will learn how to combine the roles of educator with clinician and scholar. Students will work with Hopkins faculty mentors to select courses and identify opportunities that align with their research and/or clinical training program.

The Best of Both Worlds

The DNP/PhD dual degree program creates rigorously prepared clinical scholars that offer the nursing profession a ‘best of both worlds’ approach to creating innovative solutions for clinical curriculum development, faculty practice, and scientific inquiry. By combining the PhD goal of creating leaders in nursing science development with the DNP mission to prepare expert nurse clinicians into an integrated curriculum, students receive both outstanding research and clinical practice experience.

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At the completion of the dual degree program, the graduate:

  • Possesses knowledge and skills in theoretical, methodological, and analytic approaches that will enable them to conduct and apply research to discover, apply, and advance knowledge in nursing science, health, and health care.
  • Functions at the highest level of nursing practice by integrating nursing, public health, and medical science with ethics and the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, organizational, and public health sciences.
  • Demonstrates organizational and systems leadership for quality and safety.
  • Utilizes clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice.
  • Applies information systems and technology for the provision and/or transformation of health care.
  • Leverages transdisciplinary collaboration for the improvement of individual and population health outcomes.
  • Utilizes strategies of risk reduction/illness prevention, health promotion, and health maintenance for individuals and populations.
  • Develops, evaluates, advocates, and provides leadership for health care policy that shapes health care financing, regulation, access, and delivery.
  • Assumes a leadership role in nursing and in the broader arena of health care, both nationally and internationally.
  • Provides leadership to address health inequities through creative research and articulation of the value propositions guiding the research.

Doctor of Nursing Practice/Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Advanced Practice DNP

Within the DNP, students will select an Advance Practice track. The options for this dual degree are:

Students in the DNP/PhD program are required to be on campus. Some content will be delivered online.

AGNP and FNP are available with an additional HIV certificate.

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Priority Application Deadlines

Summer Entry
November 1, January 1

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Admission Criteria

  • 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 (two academic and one professional)*
  • Official transcripts (from all previous colleges/universities)
  • Current Resume/CV
  • A written statement of Advanced Practice role and research goals including reason for interest in Johns Hopkins
  • Writing sample (publication or graded paper)
  • GRE scores from within the past five years
  • Research interests that match faculty expertise and School resources
  • Faculty interviews (if moved forward by admissions committee)
  • Additional Requirements for International Applicants

*References should be recent, written for the purpose of your application to this program and from professors who know you as a student or employers who know you as a professional in a job setting preferably in a supervisory role. Personal references from colleagues, friends, or family members do not meet the requirement.


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.

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The program is designed to be completed in a five-year, full-time plan of study. The program highlights both a structured teaching and research residency.

The plan below is a sample of the DNP/PhD curriculum.

Year 1

  • Summer (7 credits)
    • Health Information Systems and Patient Care Technology (2)
    • Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Across the Lifespan (2)
    • Context of Health Care for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
  • Fall (12 credits)
    • Quantitative Research Design and Methods (3)
    • Statistical Methods in Public Health I  (3)
    • Statistical Methods in Public Health II (3)
    • Philosophical Perspectives of Health (3)
  • Spring (12 credits)
    • Qualitative Research Designs and Methods (2)
    • Mixed Methods Research Designs  (2)
    • Statistical Methods in Public Health III (3)
    • Scientific Perspectives in Nursing (3)
    • Measurement in Healthcare Research (2)

Year 2

  • Summer (6 credits)
    • Health Economics and Finance (3)
    • Grant Writing  (1)
    • Clinical Research Residency I (EBP Project) (2)
  • Fall (9 credits)
    • Nursing Inquiry for Evidence-Based Practice  (2)
    • Dissertation Seminar & Dissertation (1 & 2)
    • Organization and Systems Leadership (2)
    • Elective Credit  (2)
    • Research Residency (NC)
    • Teaching Residency (NC)
  • Spring (10 credits)
    • Dissertation Seminar & Dissertation (1 & 2)
    • Responsibilities and Activities of Nurse Scientist  (2)
    • Translating Evidence into Practice (3)
    • Advanced Nursing Health Policy (2)
    • Research or Teaching Residency (NC)

Year 3

  • Summer (9 credits)
    • Dissertation Seminar & Dissertation (1 & 2)
    • Clinical Pharmacology  (4)
    • Research Residency (NC)
    • IRB Submission (NC)
    • Elective Credits (2)
  • Fall (13 credits)
    • Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement (3)
    • Advanced Pathophysiology/ Physiology (4)
    • Dissertation Seminar & Dissertation (1 & 2)
    • Elective Credit (as needed) (3)
  • Spring (10 credits)
    • Elective Credit (as needed) (3)
    • Diagnostics Skills and Procedures for APN (2)
    • Clinical Reasoning I  (2)
    • Dissertation Seminar & Dissertation (1 & 2)

Year 4

  • Summer (7 credits)
    • Clinical Practicum I (2)
    • Clinical Reasoning II (2)
    • Dissertation Seminar & Dissertation (1 & 2)
    • Research or Teaching Residency (NC)
  • Fall (7 credits)
    • Clinical Practicum II (2)
    • Clinical Reasoning III (2)
    • Dissertation Seminar & Dissertation (1 & 2)
    • Research or Teaching Residency (NC)
  • Spring (8 credits)
    • Clinical Practicum III (2)
    • Clinical Reasoning IV (2)
    • Dissertation Seminar & Dissertation (1 & 2)
    • Clinical Research Residency II (EBP II) (1)

Year 5

  • Summer (7 credits)
    • Clinical Practicum IV (2)
    • Clinical Reasoning V (2)
    • Dissertation Seminar & Dissertation (1 & 2)
  • Fall (7 credits)
    • Dissertation Seminar & Dissertation (1 & 2)
    • Clinical Practicum V (4)
    • Research or Teaching Residency (NC)
  • Spring (3 credits)
    • Dissertation Seminar & Dissertation (1 & 2)
    • Research or Teaching Residency (NC)
    • FINAL ORAL DEFENSE (as needed) (NC)

DNP/PhD Total Number of Credits and Clinical Hours by Track

  • Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP (academic credits = 128, clinical hours = 784)
  • Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP (academic credits = 127, clinical hours = 672)
  • Family Primary Care NP (academic credits = 132, clinical hours = 784)
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP (academic credits = 130, clinical hours = 672)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (academic credits = 124*, clinical hours = 672)

*125 Credit Hours for CNS Pediatric Critical Care

** Curriculum, credit hours, and sequencing are subject to change.

Note - A minimum of 1000 practice hours is required for the DNP. The Dissertation Seminar & Dissertation courses will provide additional practice hours to meet this requirement.

Course Schedules and Descriptions     Academic Catalog

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(September 2017 - May 2018)

Tuition: $41,580 (full-time per year)1
Per credit cost: $2,310
Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Health Insurance: $3,8562
Health Fee: $475
Total Billed Expenses:


The Cost of Attendance (COA)3

COA Statement: The costs listed represent direct costs, which are billed directly by the School of Nursing. Students can still expect to incur indirect costs such as room, board, travel expenses, personal expenses, etc. Unlike direct costs, indirect costs will vary from student to student. A full projected annual Cost of Attendance, including both direct and indirect costs can be found here.

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1Full-time: 9 credit hours per semester. Students enrolling less than full-time will incur less charges.
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.

Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees. 

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Funding Opportunities

DNP/PhD Program Funding

Qualified students interested in the DNP/PhD program may be eligible to receive three years of tuition and stipend support through the School of Nursing.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

This award is to recognize a graduate teaching assistant who has demonstrated exceptional performance in the classroom, innovation, and commitment to student learning at the School of Nursing in which high-quality teaching is acknowledged as the standard of performance.



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.

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