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DNP Advanced Practice Track: Pediatric Dual Primary/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner


In the top-ranked DNP program at Johns Hopkins, you can become a pediatric nurse practitioner who is dually prepared in primary care and acute care. One of the only DNP dual pediatric primary and acute care nurse practitioner programs in the country, you’ll learn to diagnose and manage acute, complex acute, critical, and chronic primary health problems in pediatric patients. Graduate a leader in clinical practice, ready to drive health care forward.


Earn an online DNP with the added benefit of course immersions. In immersions at Johns Hopkins, you’ll practice advanced clinical skills with interprofessional teams using the latest simulation technology at the School of Nursing and Johns Hopkins Hospital. You’ll build a relationship with Johns Hopkins’ internationally acclaimed faculty and the emerging leaders among your cohort.


Be practice ready by graduation. In the time it takes to prepare for the pediatric primary care NP certification alone, graduates of the DNP Advanced Practice Pediatric Primary Care and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Dual Degree program will become eligible to apply for certification as both a pediatric primary care NP and a pediatric acute care NP.

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In the DNP Advanced Practice Track: Pediatric Dual Primary/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, students will earn their DNP and be eligible to apply for certification as a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner and as an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner.

Students prepare to practice in a variety of settings and across the spectrum of care. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Conduct health examinations, diagnose and treat a broad range of illnesses and conditions, order laboratory and screening tests, and prescribe medication and therapies
  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership for quality and safety in health care systems
  • Develop, evaluate, advocate, and provide leadership for health care policy that shapes health care financing, regulation, access, and delivery

Academic and professional success resources are available to support DNP students. Johns Hopkins faculty have identified superb mentors, and dedicated academic support staff can work with you to identify DNP projects that build upon work currently being done at Johns Hopkins Hospitals and partner institutions.


This is an online DNP program where students travel to Baltimore for occasional onsite course immersions. Students may elect to move to Baltimore and become completely immersed in the Johns Hopkins community.

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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Options at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Additional Information

View the recording of the DNP Advanced Practice Track: Pediatric Dual Primary/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner virtual information session.

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DNP graduates remain in practice, leading cross-professional teams in the improvement and provision of informed quality health care, and the DNP final project is the student’s original work that establishes them as a Johns Hopkins School of Nursing clinical scholar.

Project Requirements

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Priority Application Deadlines

Fall Entry
November 1, January 15
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Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree or an entry-level nursing master's degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution
  • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing license from an authorized state
  • One year of full-time RN experience in an acute care setting engaged in the direct care of a pediatric population within an acute care environment (critical care, intermediate care, ED, preferred) by the start of the program.*
  • Three letters of recommendation (both academic and professional references; check FAQs for detailed guidance on completing this requirement)
  • Official Transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • Current Resume /CV (check FAQs for detailed guidance on completing this requirement)
  • Goal statement
  • GRE scores are accepted but not required
  • Interview with faculty (if moved forward by admissions committee)
  • TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your native language

*Students without the required experience can apply to the DNP Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program and following admission, can be reviewed for consideration to add the dual option once the required pediatric acute care RN experience is obtained.

Information for applicants with international education

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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. Grade of B- will not be accepted.

For greatest flexibility in the clinical placement and DNP project process, it is strongly recommended that DNP Advanced Practice students obtain Maryland RN licensure (or licensure from a compact state) before beginning clinical coursework or DNP Project coursework.


Students currently cannot conduct clinical activities in Louisiana, New York and Oregon. 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 credit is granted on an individual basis. Please see the transfer of credit policy and complete the form to make a request.
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Program may be completed in 88 credits, 784 clinical hours and 224 project practicum hours.


  • Fall 2022 Semester Dates*

    • October 20-21, 2022 8am-5pm Location: School of Nursing
      Advanced Pediatric Acute Care Topic and Procedures (NR.110.645)—DNP Pediatric Dual Acute/Primary Care NP Students Admitted Fall 2019 4-Year & DNP/PhD Students Admitted Summer 2018 only
    • November 9-11, 2022 8am-5pm Location: School of Nursing
      Advanced Health Assessment - Group 2(NR.210.601)—DNP Advanced Practice Students Admitted Fall 2021 4-Year & DNP/PhD Students Admitted Summer 2020 only
    • Virtual Immersion - Date/Time TBD
      Clinical Practicum II: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (NR.210.636)—DNP Advanced Practice Students Admitted Fall 2020 4-Year & DNP/PhD Students Admitted Summer 2019 only
  • ​​​​​​​Spring 2023 Semester Dates*
    • ​​​​​Virtual Immersion - Date/Time TBD
      Clinical Practicum III: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (NR.210.637)—DNP Advanced Practice Students Admitted Fall 2020 4-Year track & DNP/PhD Students Admitted Summer 2019 only
    • Virtual Immersion - Date/Time TBD
      Diagnostic Skills and Procedures for Advanced Practice Nursing(NR.210.605)—DNP Advanced Practice Students Admitted Fall 2021 4-Year & DNP/PhD Students Admitted Summer 2020 only

* = Dates do not include remediation dates.

  • Fall I (8 Credits)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Context of Healthcare for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)  
    • Health Finance (2)
  • 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)  
    • Organization and Systems Leadership (2)
    • Human Growth and Development: Birth through Adolescence (1)
  • Spring II (9 Credits)
    • Philosophical, Theoretical & Ethical Basis of ANP (3)
    • Diagnostics Skills and Procedures for APN (2)  
    • Health Supervision: Birth through Adolescence (2)
    • Clinical Reasoning I- Clinical Management for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: Common Acute Illnesses in Pediatrics (2)
  • Summer II (6 Credits, 112 Clinical Hours, 56 Project Practicum Hours)
    • Clinical Reasoning II-Clinical Management for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: Chronic Illnesses in Pediatrics (2)
    • Clinical Practicum I: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (2, 112cl)  
    • Problem Discovery (2, 56ppr)
  • Fall III (7 Credits, 112 Clinical Hours)
    • Nursing Inquiry for EBP (3)
    • Clinical Reasoning III: Acute Complex Problems with Gender and Behavior Health (with variations)(2)  
    • Clinical Practicum II: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (2, 112cl)
  • Spring III (10 Credits, 168 Clinical Hours, 56 Project Practicum Hours)
    • Translating Evidence into Practice (3)
    • Clinical Reasoning IV-Clinical Management for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: Problems Specific to the Newborn/Infant (2)  
    • Clinical Practicum III: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (3, 168cl)
    • Project Advancement (2, 56ppr)
  • Summer III (8 Credits, 112 Clinical Hours)
    • Analysis and Evaluation of Individual & Population Health (3)
    • Clinical Reasoning V- Topics for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Practice (2)  
    • Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Practicum (2, 112cl)
    • Advanced Pediatric Acute Care Topics and Roles (1)
  • Fall IV (9 Credits, 224 Clinical Hours, 56 Project Practicum Hours)
    • Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Practicum (4, 224cl)
    • Project Application (2, 56ppr)
    • Advanced Pediatric Acute Care Topics and Procedures (3)
  • Spring IV (8 Credits, 56 Clinical Hours, 56 Project Practicum Hours)
    • Clinical Data Management and Analyses (2)
    • Project Evaluation and Dissemination (2, 56ppr)
    • Advanced Pediatric Acute Care Topics (3)
    • Pediatric Primary/Acute Care Practicum (1, 56hrs)

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(September 2022- August 2023)

Tuition: $51,6691 (full-time per year)
Health Fee: $849
Matriculation fee: $500(one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Health Insurance: $4,5002
Total Billed Expenses: $57,518

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room and Board: $22,500
Books & Supplies: $1,575
Loan fees: $1,809
Personal Expenses: $3,072
Travel Expenses: $5,472
Total Expenses: $91,946

1Full-time: 9 credits per semester. Tuition is billed at $1,901 per credit and is less for students enrolling in less than full-time

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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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should I ask to complete my letters of recommendation?
    • At least one letter should come from a recent or current direct supervisor/manager (the person who is responsible for your performance evaluation)
    • At least one letter should come from an academic faculty member who can speak to your ability to successfully complete a demanding graduate level academic and clinical program.
    • The third letter can come from a second academic faculty member or an individual in a leadership position who can speak to your clinical abilities.
    • Personal references from colleagues, friends, or family members do not meet the requirement.
    • If you are unable to provide one of the reference letters above, please upload a statement of explanation to your application.

  • What information should I include in my resume/CV?
    Please include the following information in your resume or CV:
    • Work experience (include dates, sites and locations; paid and unpaid; any residency participation)
    • Education Background
    • Scholarly activities (research, presentations, publications, honors, awards)
    • Professional activities (leadership, certifications, professional organization membership, service on committees)
    • Community Service/Volunteerism
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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.

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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.



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. 


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