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HIV Primary Care Certificate

HIV Primary Care Certificate

Transforming Nurse Practitioner Education in HIV Primary Care

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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 track have the option to add on this HIV specialty curriculum.


Through the additional 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 or a Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and a certified HIV primary care provider, 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

  1. Enter a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Advanced Practice Program 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
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Application Deadline

Fall Entry
November 1, January 1

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Find out more about the program and its pathways by contacting Associate Professor Jason Farley.

Meet Dr. Farley

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Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

NLN designated Center of Excellence in Nursing Education


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

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

  • 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

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

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 Credits

Transfer of credit is granted on an individual basis.

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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. These courses include: Diagnosis, Care and Management of Persons with HIV/AIDS (Local to Global), Health Assessment: HIV & Associated Comorbidities, Complex Continuity Care of HIV, and Health Disparities in Nursing Practice.

DNP Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

DNP Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

DNP Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

DNP Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum


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 2017 - May 2018)

Tuition cost per credit: $1,591
Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Health Insurance: $2,9522
Health Fee: $316

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room: $10,971
Board: $3,726
Books/Supplies: $800
Personal Expenses: $2,385
Travel Expenses: $3,564
Loan Fees $1,056

1Full-time enrollment tuition (10+ credits) is $19,092 per semester. Students are billed $1,591 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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