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DNP - Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Build a Foundation

Discover a rich academic and clinical environment that facilitates the diagnosis and management of common acute and stable chronic health problems in adult and elder patients. As a student, you will build your abilities in physical and psychosocial assessment, clinical decision-making, health promotion and disease prevention, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, prescribing medications and other therapies 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 concentrating on the care of diverse, complex acutely ill adult and elder patients who are physiologically unstable, technologically dependent who require frequent monitoring and intervention that are highly vulnerable for health complications.  Each student will receive a well-rounded, comprehensive education as well as advanced preparation for certification exams.


Students are eligible to apply for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) certification as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

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The Path to Your Destination

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.

The curriculum builds your knowledge of nursing theory, research, nursing informatics, statistics, ethics, and the various medical technology and life support devices required to evaluate and treat a demanding patient population.

Those who earn a doctoral degree for the nurse practitioner in adult-gerontological acute care:

  • Work in acute and complex care practices such as critical care, post-operative care, and intensive care units in hospitals; specialty services; and medical evacuation and transport units
  • Diagnose and treat medical conditions, develop pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic care plans, and review conditions and treatment options with adult patients
  • Provide direct patient management from admission to discharge, in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team

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Additional Information

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Priority Application Deadlines

Fall Entry
November 1, January 1

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Faculty Leadership

Faculty with leadership roles in membership organizations

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Lynn Gordy
Lynn Gordy
MSN '09, RN
I feel a responsibility to be a nurse leader.

Lynn Gordy found her perfect first nursing job in a medical/surgical intensive care unit. "My patients were very sick, and I loved taking care of them," she says. Five years later, she was ready to learn more and develop as a leader in the field.

After a cursory look at nursing programs, Gordy knew that Johns Hopkins offered the perfect choice.

Read Lynn's Story
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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) 
  • In the two years prior to beginning clinical courses applicant must complete at least one year of full-time RN experience in an acute care setting engaged in the direct care of adults within an inpatient environment (critical care, intermediate care, or medical surgical nursing unit).
  • 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


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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Program may be completed in 77 credits and provides 784 acute care clinical hours and 224 DNP practicum hours.

Plan of Study

4 Year Plan

  • Fall I (6 Credits)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Health Economics and Finance  (3)
  • Spring I (7 Credits)
    • The Research Process and Its Application to Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Advanced Pathophysiology/Physiology (4)
  • Summer I (6 Credits)
    • Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Across the Lifespan (2)
    • Clinical Pharmacology (4)
  • Fall II (8 Credits)
    • Context of Healthcare for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    • Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement (3)
    • Health Information Systems and Patient Care Technology (2)
  • Spring II (7 Credits)
    • Philosophical, Theoretical & Ethical Basis of ANP (3)
    • Diagnostics Skills and Procedures for APN (2)
    • Advanced Nursing Health Policy (2)
  • Summer II (6 Credits, 112 Clinical Hours)
    • Intro to Acute Care (4, 56cl)
    • Problem Identification (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56cl)
  • Fall III (8 Credits. 168 Clinical Hours)
    • Acute Care I (6, 168cl)
    • Nursing Inquiry for EBP (2)
  • Spring III (9 Credits, 224 Clinical Hours)
    • Translating Evidence into Practice (3)
    • Acute Care II (4, 168cl)
    • Project Development (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56cl)
  • Summer III (7 Credits, 168 Clinical Hours)
    • Analysis and Evaluation of Individuals and Populations (3)
    • Acute Care III (4, 168cl)
  • Fall IV (7 Credits, 280 Clinical Hours)
    • Acute Care IV (5, 224cl)
    • Project Implementation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56cl)
  • Spring IV (6 Credits, 56 Clinical Hours)
    • Organizational and Systems Leadership (2)
    • Clinical Data Management (2)
    • Project Evaluation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56cl)

* 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


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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