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HIV Primary Care Certificate

Post-Baccalaureate HIV Primary Care Certificate

Transforming Nurse Practitioner Education in HIV Primary Care

Make an Impact

Patients living with HIV deserve the best culturally and clinically competent primary care, like that provided by nurse practitioners who complete the HIV Primary Care Certificate. Students enrolled in the DNP Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or DNP Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner tracks have the option to add on this HIV specialty curriculum.


Through the 12-credit, specialized program at Johns Hopkins--which houses the second-oldest HIV clinic in the country: The REACH Initiative at JHSON and the Center for AIDS Research--you'll discover the keys to providing early diagnosis and care as well as retaining patients for long-term treatment. With a year-long preceptorship in an HIV primary care setting, you'll follow your continuity patients for a full 12 months. Also, your DNP project will focus on importing the care of persons living with or at risk for HIV.

Obtain Membership

Those who earn a doctoral degree as an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care or a Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with the HIV Primary Care Certificate, will have the opportunity to obtain national certification by taking the Advanced AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (AACRN) examination through membership in the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

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Pathway to the HIV Primary Care Certificate

Not accepting applications for the 2020 academic year.

  1. Enter a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advanced Practice Track at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
    • DNP Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner + HIV Primary Care Certificate (or)
    • DNP Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner + HIV Primary Care Certificate
  2. Start Foundational Work in Primary Care & Prevention
  3. HIV Course (1 week) State of the Science: Diagnosis & Clinical Management
  4. HIV Health Assessment Clinical (56 hours)
  5. Start of 12-month HIV Primary Care Continuity Clinic (January-December)
  6. HIV Complex Continuity Care:  Intersection of Coursework, Clinical Training, and Clinical Care and Management (56 hours) 
  7. Graduation
  8. Certification Exams:  Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner (ANCC or AANP), and Advanced AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (AACRN)
  9. Mentor Future HIV Primary Care Certificate Students

Online Availability

Check out the chart to see the online availability of the track that best fits your career goals.

Online Availability Chart

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Application Deadline

Not accepting applications for the 2020 academic year.

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Speak with an admissions officer to learn more about our program.

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Learn More

Find out more about the program and its pathways by contacting Assistant Professor, Michael Sanchez.

Meet Dr. Sanchez

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Research Fellowships: Violence; Pain; Psychiatric & Mental Health; Global Health; Aging; Patient Safety & Quality

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Amit Dhir
Amit Dhir
BS '14, RN
I was there for six months and I was just so amazed at the care the nurse practitioners were providing to their patients.
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Admission Criteria

Not accepting applications for the 2020 academic year.

This certificate must be taken in conjunction with either the Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (DNP) or Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (DNP).


  • 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
  • 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
  • Interview with faculty (if moved forward by admissions committee)
  • TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your first language

Information for applicants with international education

*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.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis with the following considerations:

  • Interest in HIV required
  • Prior HIV experience is preferred, but not required
  • Clinical care experience as a RN is strongly preferred, but not required


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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This program is offered in the hybrid format. Students are required to be on campus.

Students in the DNP Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or DNP Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track who choose to add the HIV certificate, take an additional 10 academic credits and 112 clinical hours over the course of the program.

DNP Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with HIV Certificate

3 Year Plan      4 Year Plan

DNP Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with HIV Certificate

3 Year Plan      4 Year Plan


Current MSN Students with HIV Certificate

MSN students currently enrolled in the HIV Certificate please refer to the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

Course Schedules and Descriptions     Academic Catalog

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(September 2020 - May 2021)

Tuition cost per credit: $1,738
Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room: $10,575
Board: $4,590
Books/Supplies: $1000
Personal Expenses: $2,070
Travel Expenses: $3,690
Loan Fees $1,146

1Students are billed $1,738 per credit for tuition.
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. Expense allocations may not be available for students enrolled less than half-time. 

Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees. 

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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.

To be given consideration for a Merit Scholarship Award, you must be accepted for admission by March 1.

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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