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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Executive Track

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Executive Track

Advancing Evidence into Practice


Planning to drive healthcare innovation and influence policy? Get the analytic skills and evidence-based practice principles you need in the DNP Executive Track at Johns Hopkins. You'll forge your own intellectual path and wrap up your curriculum with an intense DNP final project experience.

Apply Your Experience

You'll address significant healthcare problems-defined by your interests and based on your experience-in real time and in your practice setting. And you'll find numerous opportunities for collaboration, challenging problems for study, and a tradition of rigorous scholarship.

Executive Mentorship

For the selected DNP Executive Track students, the Nurse Leader Executive Mentorship Program has the potential to bring life-changing experiences and learning opportunities. The experience offers avenues to share expertise, and engage and positively influence tomorrow's professional healthcare leaders. Financial support is available.

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Why Hopkins?

Those who earn a Johns Hopkins DNP Executive Track degree:

  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership for quality and safety in healthcare systems
  • Apply clinical scholarship, as well as information systems and technology, to provide and/or transform healthcare
  • Use strategies of risk reduction/illness prevention, health promotion, and health maintenance to improve the care of individuals, families, and populations
  • Develop, evaluate, advocate, and provide leadership for healthcare policy that shapes healthcare financing, regulation, access, and delivery

DNP Final Project

DNP graduates remain in practice, leading cross-professional teams in the improvement and provision of informed quality healthcare. The knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct such work is developed across the program and applied in the conduct of the DNP final project.  The DNP final project is the student’s original work that establishes them as a Hopkins Nursing clinical scholar.

Additional Information

View the recording of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Executive Track virtual information session.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Executive Track graduate Beth Abate talks about advanced care for geriatric patients and her role as a nurse practitioner.

DNP Capstone

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Application Deadline

Summer Entry
November 1, January 1

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Faculty Leadership

Faculty with leadership roles

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Jemma Ayvazian
Jemma Ayvazian
Jonas Scholar 2012-2013
When I learned that Johns Hopkins matched my needs and interests, I didn’t apply for any other program.

In 2003, Jemma Ayvazian was a typical military spouse, residing on a U.S. Army base in Germany--then she saw the veterans coming back from Iraq. "That's when I set a goal to become a nurse," she says. After earning her bachelor's and master's degrees, she began the DNP program at Johns Hopkins. For her capstone project, she designed a comprehensive care program for veterans that addressed mental health, pain management, and traumatic brain injury, too.

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Admission Criteria

  • Master's Degree in Nursing (non entry-level) from an accredited college or university
  • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • RN licensure (from state where the project courses will be completed)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (2 professional and 1 academic preferred)*
  • Official Transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Goal statement/project proposal (demonstrating commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit)
  • Faculty Interview (in person or by phone if moved forward by the admissions committee)
  • Applicants who do not have advanced practice licensure, or who earned fewer than 552 clinical hours as part of their Master’s degree, will be considered on a case by case basis (please email for an eligibility evaluation)
  • Students should have an identified clinical site for conducting scholarly project at the time of matriculation.
  • TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your first language

Information for applicants with international education

Admissions Application


*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.


Graduate Level Biostatistics (3 credits): Demonstrates evidence of statistical literacy and statistical reasoning enabling students to critically read and evaluate healthcare literature. Course must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a letter grade of B or better.

State-Specific Information for Online Programs

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

Student Sponsorship

This program does not qualify for F-1 or J-1 student sponsorship. Legal Permanent Residents and non-immigrants who are otherwise physically present in the U.S. and in a status that allows for full or part-time study, may pursue this program.

Transfer of Credits

Credit transfers cannot be applied to the DNP Executive Program.


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The program's executive session format can be completed in six semesters of full-time study, integrating approximately 5 days of on-site classes during the first year with online and virtual learning experiences.

Onsite Dates

  • Students Admitted in Summer 2017 - First Year Class SPR 19 (2017-2018)
    • May 15-19, 2017 DNP Executive Track Orientation On-Site
    • March 5-7, 2018 Synchronous Immersion (On-Site or Zoom)
  • Students Admitted in Summer 2017 - Second Year Class SPR 19 (2018-2019)
    • May 21, 2019 Improving Health Outcomes through Translational Scholarship Symposium and Poster Session
  • Students Admitted in Summer 2018 - First Year Class SPR 20 (2018-2019)
    • May 14-18, 2018 DNP Executive Track Orientation On-Site
    • September 25, 2018 - Policy and Leadership Trip to Washington DC (Optional Attendance)
    • September 26-28, 2018 - DNP Fall18 On-site Immersion (Optional in-person attendance)
    • March 20-22, 2019 DNP SPR19 On-site Immersion (Optional in-person attendance)
  • Students Admitted in Summer 2018 -Second Year Class SPR 20 (2019-2020)
    • May, 2020 - TBD 1 day prior to University Commencement - DNP Executive Track Scholarly Project Poster Session (In person attendance required.)
  • Students Admitted in Summer 2019 - First Year Class SPR 21 (2019-2020)
    • May 15-17, 2019 DNP Executive Track Orientation On-Site” (In-Person Attendance Required)
    • September 24, 2019: Policy and Leadership Trip to DC (includes additional practicum hours) (Optional Attendance)
    • September 25-27, 2019: DNP Fall19 On-site Immersion” (In-Person Attendance Required)
    • April 1-3, 2020  DNP SPR20 On-Site Immersion (In person attendance required.) *Revised Date
  • Students Admitted in Summer 2019 - Second Year Class SPR 21 (2020-2021)
    • May 2021 - TBA - 1 day prior to commencement: Improving Health Outcomes through Translational Scholarship Symposium and Poster Session” (In-person attendance required)

Course of Study (Students Admitted in Summer 2019)

First Year (21 Credits)

  • Summer (6 Credits )
    • Project Identification (1)
    • DNP Practicum (2)
    • Health Economics and Finance (3)
  • Fall (6 Credits)
    • Nursing Inquiry for Evidence-Based Practice (2)
    • Advanced Nursing Health Policy (2)
    • Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care (2)
  • Spring (9 Credits)
    • Translating Evidence into Practice (3)
    • Project Development (1)
    • DNP Practicum (2)
    • Electives* (3)

Second Year (19 credits)

  • Summer (8 Credits)
    • Analysis and Evaluation of Individual and Population Health Data (3)
    • Health Information Systems and Patient Care Technologies (2)
    • Elective* (3)
  • Fall (6 Credits)
    • Project Implementation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (2)
    • Elective* (3)
  • Spring (5 Credits)
    • Project Evaluation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (2)
    • Clinical Data Management (2)


*Electives may be taken at the School of Nursing, School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Carey Business School.

Note: A minimum of 1000 practice hours are required for the DNP program (prior MSN -552 clinical hours plus 448 DNP practicum hours).
** DNP Executive Track students are not permitted to take Electives in the first 2 semesters.  A total of 9 elective credits are required.  Course credits can range from 1 to 3 and dispersed across semesters 3 through 6


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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(June 2018- May 2019)

Tuition: $37,4831
Per credit cost: $1,721
Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Total Billed Expenses: $37,983

Estimated Other Expenses2

Room and Board: $20,016
Books & Supplies: $1,224
Loan fees: $1,581
Personal Expenses: $3,252
Travel Expenses: $4,848
Total Expenses: $68,904

1Tuition is shown for the progression of previously matriculated students. Students are billed per credit ($1,721) and those who enroll in additional credit will be billed more while those enrolling in less credits have less charges.

2Amounts 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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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a DNP?

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a doctoral degree for nurses at the highest level of nursing practice. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has proposed that the DNP degree will be the level of entry for all advanced practice nurses by 2015. All nurses who are contemplating starting a DNP program are encouraged to read the AACN white paper proposal: American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2015). The doctor of nursing practice: Current issues and clarifying recommendations. Washington, DC: AACN.

  • What are the differences between the DNP and PhD programs?

    The DNP program prepares nurse leaders for evidence-based practice in both direct patient care and executive roles. This requires competence in translating research in practice, evaluating evidence, applying research in decision-making, and implementing viable clinical and organizational innovations to change practice.

    The PhD program is designed to prepare nurses for careers as research scientists, often in academic or governmental positions.  View Comparison Chart

  • Are graduates able to become nurse educators in schools of nursing?

    Yes, many schools of nursing offer tenure track faculty positions to nurses with DNPs and PhDs.  Additional coursework and training as an educator can also be beneficial for those with a doctoral degree in nursing that would like to teach.  Check out our Nurse Educator certificate at .

  • Is the program accredited?

    Yes, our DNP program has full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education until 2019.

  • Are GRE scores required?

    GRE scores are not required for the DNP Executive track. 

  • Is part-time study an option?

    The DNP-Executive track is designed to fit into the schedule of someone working full time in a clinical setting.  The course work and scholarly project are intended to complement their work focus. 

  • Is a dissertation or final project required?

    A dissertation is not required. A DNP scholarly project will be completed by the end of the program.  The DNP final project is the students’ original work that establishes them as a Hopkins Nursing clinical scholar.  DNP Scholarly Project Requirements and examples of previous Projects can be found on our website.

  • Am I eligible for this program if I am not an advanced practice nurse?

    All applicants must have earned a minimum of 552 clinical hours as part of their post-licensure master’s program. Nurses who do not have advanced practice licensure should contact the Office of Admissions for an eligibility review at .

  • What is the difference between the DNP-Executive and the DNP-Advanced Practice tracks?

    The DNP-Executive track is a post-Master’s program for nurses who have already obtained advanced practice licensure.  The DNP-Advanced Practice track at the JHSON is for nurses who are seeking advanced practice licensure as a Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

  • Is the DNP-Executive track entirely online?

    There are four onsite visits associated with the DNP-Executive track that are spread throughout the program.  Specific onsite immersion dates will be posted on the program website.

  • What if I have more questions?

    Contact Senior Admissions Officer Deb Driscoll at with any additional questions.

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Funding Opportunities

Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship & Living Expenses Grant

A state-wide initiative funded by HSCRC to increase the number of qualified bedside nurses in Maryland hospitals. Scholarship is equal to tuition and mandatory fees. Living Expenses Grant award amounts are based on need and may not exceed the maximum of $25k per academic year ($12.5k per semester).  


Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Program is authorized under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty. Funding is used to provide loans to students enrolled in advanced education nursing programs that prepare graduates to serve as faculty in a school of nursing. Applicants must complete their FAFSA.

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Learn about the Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant. 

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