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Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Advancing Evidence into Practice

Our DNP program prepares students to lead healthcare innovations and influence policy—founded on the science and theory of nursing, analytic principles, evidence-based practice, and strong leadership —at the highest organizational level.

There are two pathways to the DNP.

DNP, for nurses with an earned BSN or MSN pre-licensure degree

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DNP, for nurses with an earned MSN in a specialty area such as NP, CNS, Management

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advanced Practice Track

The DNP program prepares nurses at the highest level of professional nursing practice for advanced roles as clinical and healthcare policy leaders. A program designed for RNs with a bachelor’s of science in nursing or an entry-level nursing master’s degree.

Up to 16 credits can be applied from the JHUSON MSN (Entry into Nursing) Program to the DNP Advanced Practice Track. Please refer to the curriculum for each specialty track to view the courses that can be applied.

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DNP Advanced Practice Tracks

  • Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Nurses who want to improve outcomes for acutely and critically ill adult patients will experience a vigorous academic setting and benefit from rich and varied clinical opportunities to manage adult patients across the continuum of acute, chronic, and critical care. With access to unparalleled Hopkins resources, clinical sites, and faculty, you will learn to develop and apply your assessment, diagnostic, and treatment skills for fast-paced environments where patients are physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, and highly vulnerable to complications.

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  • Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • This specialty track prepares the student to provide person-centered evidenced based primary care to young adults (including late adolescents and emancipated minors), adults, and older adults (including young-old, old, and old-old adults). Emphasis is placed on the primary care management of acute episodic and chronic conditions and integration of health promotion and disease prevention throughout the adult lifespan.

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

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  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • The Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing prepares nurses for advanced practice as a primary care provider who helps children and their families to achieve their optimal physical, social, and emotional development. At Hopkins, faculty have designed a curriculum that combines diagnostic and pharmacological background with hands-on experience in various healthcare settings.

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  • 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.

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  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Millions of Americans have unmet mental health needs. Rise to the challenge: become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) in the top-ranked DNP program at Johns Hopkins and serve patients across the lifespan. You will learn to evaluate and treat concerns ranging from chronic conditions to acute crises.

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  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (onsite & online)
    • Expand your nursing expertise in adult or child health with 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.
    • Program Options
      • Adult-Gerontological Health
      • Adult-Gerontological Critical Care
      • Pediatric Critical Care

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  • Nurse Anesthesiology
    • Become a nurse anesthetist, consistently ranked one of U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 best jobs since 2016. Students learn to administer anesthesia to a diverse population of patients across the lifespan and in a wide array of clinical settings.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Executive Track

The DNP Executive Track is designed for nurses who already hold a master’s degree in a nursing specialty from a fully-accredited institution and want to take the next step. Graduates of the DNP program are prepared to create and lead new models of care delivery for communities locally, across the nation, and around the world.

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Why Hopkins?

Those who earn a Johns Hopkins DNP 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

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