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DNP - Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Focusing on the Family

Build a Foundation

Discover a rich academic and clinical environment that facilitates the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic primary health problems in adult patients. As a student, you will build your abilities in physical and psychosocial assessment, clinical decision-making, and health promotion and disease prevention, 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 at diverse outpatient and community sites to ensure that each student receives a well-rounded education in comprehensive, coordinated first-contact, and longitudinal adult patient care, as well as advanced preparation for licensure exams.

Certification

Students are prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners certification examinations as Family Nurse Practitioner.

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Overview

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

With unique access to respected Hopkins faculty and resources, you will develop skills in providing health assessments, direct care, and health maintenance promotion information and tools to the entire family. You will also learn to approach patient care broadly, in the context of the family's physical, emotional, mental, and sociocultural systems.

Those who earn a doctoral degree for the nurse practitioner in family primary care:

  • Can address a wide range of primary care needs, write prescriptions, and order diagnostic tests
  • Apply an evidence-based, family-centered approach to diagnosing and managing common acute and chronic health problems of individuals from infancy through adulthood
  • Work in diverse practice settings such as health clinics and maintenance organizations, student health services, private medical offices, correctional facilities, and emergency rooms
  • Can specialize in HIV/AIDS; pulmonary care; cardiovascular, occupational, and environmental health; or integrated complementary healthcare

     

What are the differences between a Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist?

Nurse Practitioner vs. Clinical Nurse Specialist

Additional HIV Primary Care Certificate

Prepare for the Advanced AIDS Certified Registered Nurse examination by earning this certificate in addition to your AGNP or FNP doctoral degree at Hopkins Nursing. 

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Additional Information

View the recording of the DNP Advanced Nursing Practice Programs virtual information session.

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Priority Application Deadlines

Fall Entry

November 1, January 1

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Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

NLN designated Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

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School of Nursing supports three community based health centers in Baltimore City

Faculty Leadership

Faculty with leadership roles in membership organizations

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Amber Richert
Amber Richert
MSN '11, BS '09, RN
The faculty helps me make the most of my Johns Hopkins education.

Three is a magic number for Amber Richert. In 2011, she earned her third degree, an MSN in Family Primary Care. Richert is a world traveler who holds bachelor's degrees in nursing and socio-cultural anthropology. "Being a nurse practitioner fulfills my passion and allows me to use my love of people, science, and community service with my international experience," she says.

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Requirements

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) 
  • One year of full-time RN experience preferred
  • 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

*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.

Prerequisites

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.

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

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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Curriculum

Program may be completed in 81 credits and provides 784 family primary care clinical hours and 224 DNP practicum hours.

Plans of Study

3 Year Plan

  • Fall I (13 Credits)
    • Context of Healthcare for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Advanced Pathophysiology/Physiology (4)
    • Human Growth and Development (1)
    • Advanced Nursing Health Policy (2)
  • Spring I (12 Credits)
    • The Research Process and Its Application to Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Clinical Pharmacology (4)
    • Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement (3)
    • Organization and Systems Leadership (2)
  • Summer I (10 Credits, 56 Clinical Hours)
    • Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Across the Lifespan (2)
    • Diagnostics Skills and Procedures for APN (2)
    • Health Supervision (2)  
    • Clinical Reasoning I (2)
    • Problem Identification (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56cl)
  • Fall II (10 Credits, 168 Clinical Hours)
    • Philosophical, Theoretical & Ethical Basis of ANP (3)
    • Nursing Inquiry for EBP (2)
    • Clinical Reasoning II (2)
    • Clinical Practicum I (3, 168cl)   
  • Spring II (10 Credits, 224 Clinical Hours)
    • Translating Evidence into Practice (3)
    • Clinical Reasoning III (2)
    • Clinical Practicum II (3cr, 168 cl)
    • Project Development (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56cl)
  • Summer II (7 Ccredits, 112 Clinical Hours)
    • Analysis and Evaluation of Individual & Population Health (3)
    • Clinical Reasoning IV (2)
    • Clinical Practicum III (2, 112cl)
  • Fall III (11 Credits, 168 Clinical Hours)
    • Health Information Systems and Patient Care Technology (2)
    • Health Economics and Finance (3)
    • Clinical Reasoning V (2)
    • Clinical Practicum IV (2, 112cl)
    • Project Implementation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56cl)
  • Spring III (8 Credits 280 Clinical Hours)
    • Clinical Data Management (2)
    • Clinical Practicum V (4, 224cl)
    • Project Evaluation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56cl)
 

4 Year Plan

  • Fall I (9 Credits)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Context of Healthcare for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    • Health Economics and Finance  (3)
  • 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)
    • Organizational and Systems Leadership (2)
    • Human Growth and Development (1)
  • Spring II (9 Credits)
    • Philosophical, Theoretical & Ethical Basis of ANP (3)
    • Diagnostics Skills and Procedures for APN (2)
    • Health Supervision (2)
    • Clinical Reasoning I (2)
  • Summer II (7 Credits, 224 Clinical Hours)
    • Clinical Reasoning II (2)
    • Clinical Practicum I (3, 168cl)
    • Problem Identification (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56 cl)
  • Fall III (7 Credits, 168 Clinical Hours)
    • Nursing Inquiry for EBP (2)
    • Clinical Reasoning III (2)
    • Clinical Practicum II (3, 168 cl)
  • Spring III (9 Credits, 224 Clinical Hours)
    • Translating Evidence into Practice (3)
    • Clinical Reasoning IV (2)
    • Clinical Practicum II  (2, 168 cl)
    • Project Development (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56 cl)
  • Summer III (7 Credits, 112 Clinical Hours)
    • Analysis &Evaluation of Individual & Population Health (3)
    • Clinical Reasoning V (2)
    • Clinical Practicum IV (2, 112cl)
  • Fall IV (6 Credits, 280 Clinical Hours)
    • Clinical Practicum V (4, 224cl)
    • Project Implementation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56 cl)
  • Spring IV (4 Credits, 56 Clinical Hours)
    • Clinical Data Management (2)
    • Project Evaluation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (1, 56 cl)


* 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.


Course Schedules and Descriptions     Academic Catalog

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a DNP?

    The DNP is a doctoral degree focused on the clinical practice of nursing. The degree represents the highest academic preparation for nursing practice. The DNP curriculum focuses on the knowledge needed to provide comprehensive direct care across settings. It can be conferred in conjunction with any specialty in advanced practice.

  • What is the program of study?

    The curricular content will enable the graduate to make complex diagnoses, provide evidence-based treatment modalities, utilize sophisticated informatics and decision-making technology, and assimilate in-depth knowledge of biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral and clinical sciences.

  • How is this different from current APN practice?

    The expanded competencies of the Doctor of Nursing Practice enable graduates to independently provide complex care across all settings including ambulatory, acute, community and home settings. For example, the expanded curriculum will focus on the utilization of evidence-based decision-making to admit and co-manage hospitalized patients, to provide advice and treatment initiated over the phone, and to initiate specialist referrals and evaluate the subsequent advice and initiate and participate in co-management.

  • How long will it take?

    There are three and four year plan options. A part time plan of study is not available.

  • Can I work while in the program?

    The Advanced Practice DNP program is completed over a 3- or 4-year period.  Students who are enrolled in the 4-year plan may be able to work in the first year as a Registered Nurse in settings that offer flexible scheduling.  As students begin to take specialized courses that prepare them for the respective role (i.e., NP or CNS), they will be engaged in settings to learn their future role and in which the DNP Scholarly Project is situated. Hence, it will be challenging to maintain employment that is not flexible beyond the first year.

  • How does the DNP differ from the PhD or other research doctorates?

    The DNP, or clinical doctorate, prepares the graduate to practice independently with the most complex patients, in any setting where the patient requires care, utilizing complicated informatics and evidence-based decision-making. Research doctorates prepare graduates to initiate and conduct sophisticated research projects, serving as the principal investigator.

  • How many credits can I transfer?

    The school accepts up to six credits of transfer from outside the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Once admitted into the program you can request to transfer credits by completing the transfer of graduate credit form.

  • What academic terms do students attend?

    The School of Nursing follows the regular academic schedule (prospective students should note that these courses are not self-paced). Students are enrolled for the fall, spring, and summer terms. Prospective students should refer to the plans of study found on the curriculum pages for each specialty.

  • What is the cost per credit hour?

    Please visit School of Nursing’s Tuition and Fees page for the current program costs.

  • How are courses delivered?

    For students admitted to the DNP Nurse Practitioner tracks, please note that while this is an on-campus program, many of the courses and course content will be delivered in an online format. Please refer to the course schedule for the upcoming semester for specific course delivery information.

  • How will I get clinical experience if I don’t have experience working as a RN?

    The DNP program requires a minimum of 1000 practice hours.  The majority of these hours will be in the clinical practicum where you will apply what you learn in the theory courses to gain the competence required for your particular specialty.  The balance of the practice hours are devoted to the DNP practicum which focuses on the DNP Scholarly Project. Ideally, you will have one-year of RN experience before starting the first specialty clinical.

  • How many students are in a class?

    Many of the core courses will be taken by all DNP students at the same time. This could be as many as 60 students. However, the track specialty courses will be taken with only students in that specific specialty. In clinical courses, there is a ratio of 1 to 6 students per clinical instructor with each student assigned to a preceptor.

  • Do we attend the same classes with our cohort?

    Students in the same specialty and the same plan of study (3- or 4-year) will move through as a cohort. 

  • If I have a specific area that I would like to focus in, for example oncology, are there additional electives I can take or other opportunities where I could gain more insight and experience in that particular area? 

    It is possible for students to negotiate a clinical site within their area of interest, but these cannot be guaranteed. The DNP Scholarly Project could allow students to identify a problem within a specific area and bring that together with the specialty role. 

  • Would it be doable to live in another state and come in during the week for classes/clinicals? 

    This is not advisable, but students can choose to live where they wish provided they can attend all required on-site courses and complete clinical requirements. The schedules for clinicals will be widely varied and could prove difficult for a long commute (may include long hours, weekends, and evenings). Students must hold a RN license for Maryland and be prepared to participate in clinicals and projects in the MD area. 

  • What is the role of the Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner?  

    The FNP role includes preventative healthcare, as well as the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness and preventative health care for individuals and families. FNPs demonstrate a commitment to family-centered care and understand the relevance of the family’s identified community in the delivery of family-centered care.

    --NONPF, Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies Content, 2017.

  • How are clinical sites for clinical practicum determined? 

    Clinical practicum experiences are determined by the student’s NP or CNS focus area, student interest, site and preceptor availability, and the student’s programmatic needs. The specialty track coordinator and clinical course coordinator select clinical sites and clinical preceptors for the clinical practicum experiences and student learning needs.  These decisions are based on the competencies required for each specialty for the Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).  CNS students provide preceptor names to the CNS track coordinator and clinical course coordinator for potential clinical sites. The CNS track coordinator will make the final decision on the preceptor based on appropriate fit for the course. NP students can suggest particular clinical sites and preceptors with the NP track coordinator and clinical course coordinator making the final section decision. Flexibility is key as students are expected to meet the clinical preceptor/site availability.

  • What is included in a DNP Project?

    The American Association of Colleges of Nursing requires that all DNP Projects should:

    1. Focus on a change that impacts healthcare outcomes either through direct or indirect care.
    2. Have a systems (micro-, meso-, or macro- level) or population/aggregate focus.
    3. Demonstrate implementation in the appropriate arena or area of practice.
    4. Include a plan for sustainability (e.g. financial, systems or political realities, not only theoretical abstractions).
    5. Include an evaluation of processes and/or outcomes (formative or summative). DNP Projects should be designed so that processes and/or outcomes will be evaluated  to guide practice and policy. Clinical significance is as important in guiding practice as statistical significance is in evaluating research.
    6. Provide a foundation for future practice scholarship.
       
  • What is the process for the DNP practicum?

    There are four DNP Scholarly Project courses that sequentially reflect the stages of evidence based practice quality improvement: Project Identification, Project Proposal, Project Implementation, and Project Evaluation. Each of the four courses has an associated practicum. The first course for the DNP Scholarly Project, DNP Problem Identification has an accompanying DNP practicum.  The DNP Scholarly Project is situated in the clinical setting where the student will carry it out.  As the project is a quality improvement focus, key stakeholders in the practice setting are necessary to identify clinical problems they want to address and for which they want to partner with a student or team of students.  See your plan of study for the number of practicum hours associated with each course associated with the DNP Scholarly Project. 

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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

Loans

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.

Loans

Employment

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. 

Employment

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