How to Transition from DNP Program Applicant to Current Student

How to Transition from DNP Program Applicant to Current Student

In the past few months you worked diligently to complete your application, requested official transcripts and gently nudged your references to upload their recommendation letters. Excited and nervous, you took on the faculty interview. Finally, you received your admittance decision and are now a Johns Hopkins School of Nursing student!

A few days of celebration and bragging rights have now been replaced with questions about how to get ready for school.


We are here to help! Here is a check list to assist you with this process:

1) Review your admittance letter with special attention to any conditions on your admittance.

  • DNP Advanced Practice track: you may need to obtain an RN license from an authorized state for clinicals or to complete a statistics course.
  • DNP Executive and dual programs: you may be required to complete a graduate level statistics course and/or MBA math modules. We will also need your clinical hour verification form before orientation.

Anything listed as a condition must be completed successfully before the start of the program. Any questions, please contact Admissions at [email protected].


2). Apply for financial aid and understand your billing.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online and contact the Office of Financial Services through Student Enrollment and Account Management (SEAM) to discuss your financial aid package for your program.

SEAM will also take care of your billing (Student Accounts) and registration. You may either complete a ticket online or call their office toll free at 1-877-419-5151. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. eastern.


3). Set up your JHED ID and password and check your JHU emails daily (this is important!)

It’s important to check your JHU email account because the SON departments will only email your JHU email account, they will no longer send emails to your personal account. There is also an option to have your JHU emails forwarded to a personal account if you prefer. Make sure you read all JHU emails completely.


4). Explore the Office of Student Affairs’ orientation webpage for new students.

You may check when you can start your compliance requirements in CastleBranch and take note of the deadline date. You can contact SON-StudentAffairs ([email protected]) if you have compliance questions.


5). Immersions for the DNP programs will be in person again, so please mark your calendars with the dates that are set so that you can start preparing for travel and any other life arrangements.

  • DNP Advanced Practice track schedule. Scroll down to “Course Immersion Dates” heading in the blue section.
  • DNP Executive and dual programs schedule. Please note that dual degree students won’t need to attend the DNP Executive orientation until the second summer. You will have orientation with your dual program school before your first semester.

6). If you want to plan your vacations around your academic schedule, please review the academic calendar.


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Betsy Emery is the Assistant Director of
MSN and DNP Advanced Nursing Practice and Post Degree Certificate Recruitment at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She can help you take the next step in your nursing career, contact her at 410-614-5488 [email protected].


Laura Panozzo is the Assistant Director for DNP Executive, PhD, and DNP/PHD Recruitment at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She can help you take the next step in your nursing career, contact her at 443-287-7430 or [email protected].

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