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From implementation to discovery

Evidence-based procedures you identified are in routine practice. Now advance your DNP project’s research from clinical implementation to scientific discovery with a PhD in Nursing from Johns Hopkins, and get credit for the work you’ve already done.

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Advance the theoretical foundation of nursing practice and health care delivery with support from our world-renowned nursing faculty. You’ll have access to cutting-edge facilities and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with noted researchers across Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.

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Most full-time Johns Hopkins Nursing DNP to PhD students will be 100% funded with a stipend for the duration of study. For full eligibility of scholarship opportunities, apply by December 1. 


From DNP to PhD

The DNP to PhD program is an alternative pathway to pursue a PhD in Nursing for nurses who have earned a DNP. In less time than a traditional PhD in Nursing program, students will develop the theoretical, methodological, and analytical foundation needed to advance existing DNP research from clinical implementation to scientific discovery.

  • Get credit for the work you’ve already done: Transfer up to 9 credits from your DNP program and complete your PhD in 3 years instead of 5.
  • Learn how to get research funding: Take your DNP research to the next level with funding that is only available to PhD researchers.
  • Tenure-track: Enhance your qualifications for an advanced role in academia.

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A brief glimpse into things we study: aging and dementia, cardiovascular risk reduction, domestic violence, HIV, biologic basis of nursing therapeutics, health promotion, chronic disease management, symptom management, biobehavioral aspects of pain and stress, substance abuse, lactation and breastfeeding, health disparities, family caregiver stress, forensic nursing, patient health care decision making, end of life care.

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