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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Advanced Practice

Why Hopkins?

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a place where exceptional people discover possibilities that forever change their lives and the world. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Advanced Practice program prepares nurses at the highest level of professional nursing practice for advanced roles as clinical and healthcare policy leaders.


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

Apply Your Experience

Graduates of the DNP program will develop evidence-based knowledge and translate this knowledge into clinical practice. The Advanced Practice DNP program offers both face-to-face and online courses so students can engage in hands-on clinical and healthcare leadership studies with fellow students while also having the flexibility of online courses to meet the needs of working professionals.

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DNP Track Options

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

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

Nurse Practitioner vs. Clinical Nurse Specialist 

Michael Sanchez, DNP, ARNP, NP-C, FNP-BC, AAHIVS, assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, explains how the DNP Advanced Practice Program at Johns Hopkins will benefit your nursing career, impact patient care, and help you develop evidence-based knowledge that can be translated into practice.

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

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November 1, January 1

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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) 
  • 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.


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.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Advanced Practice

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

DNP 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.

      Learn more about the curriculum
  • 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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  • 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
      Learn more about the curriculum
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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(September 2017 - May 2018)

Tuition: $45,568*
Per credit cost: $1,671
Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Health Insurance: $3,7301
Health Fee: $474
Total Billed Expenses:


* Based on a sample 3 year program of study with 7 credits taken in the first summer semester.

Estimated Other Expenses2

Room and Board: $19,596
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

1All students must have health coverage.  Purchase of the School’s plan is optional.
2Amounts for other expenses vary based upon student's selection of books, supplies, and living arrangements.

Tuition rates are estimates and subject to change annually . DNP students who enroll in 9 or more credit hours per semester are charged a flat tuition rate per semester. Enrolling in 8 or fewer credits per semester results in tuition being charged per credit hour. The tuition estimate is based on the flat rate (9+ credits) being charged in the fall and spring semesters respectively and a per credit rate being charged in the summer semester, based on a sample 3 year program of study with 7 credits are taken in the first summer semester. 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 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?

    JHSON uses a blended format, offering courses onsite and online.

  • 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. 

  • 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


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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