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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Launches More Online Options for Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree


The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) announces the launch of a state-of-the-art online learning format for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) tracks. The new DNP Primary Care NP format offers convenient online coursework, clinical learning experiences where students live and work, and onsite immersions designed to take advantage of the rich and varied learning opportunities found at Johns Hopkins. The online and immersive learning structure provides more flexibility and the same graduate-level, top-ranked support, opportunities, and education necessary for students to emerge as nursing leaders.

“Expanding our online space will open doors for more students, broaden the ways we learn and engage, and incorporate technology into this ever growing space of teaching and learning,” says Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, dean of JHSON. “Meeting students where they are and providing options that make pursuing an advanced education more realistic and accessible is especially important as we continue to move practice and education forward.”

The JHSON DNP prepares nurses—with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing or an entry-level nursing master’s degree—at the highest level of professional practice with the knowledge and skills to drive innovation and enhance quality of care. The new immersive online curriculum is geared to help suit learners’ needs and provides a format that is comprehensive and adept for the best outcomes and education. Most tracks offer online coursework, local clinical experiences, and course immersions at JHSON that allow for in-person networking and simulation practice, and for many, work with interdisciplinary teams at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

There is also an “online local” option: Online students who live in Baltimore can participate in a clinical learning experience within the Johns Hopkins network of partners, including settings such as Henderson Hopkins (a JHU community partnership school), the House of Ruth (a Baltimore domestic violence center), or in a Johns Hopkins Health System hospital or practice.

As part of the DNP Advanced Practice program, students choose a specialty area most suited to their career goals. Track options include the new-format Primary Care NP tracks in adult-gerontological, family, and pediatric primary care, as well as adult-gerontological acute care, and Clinical Nurse Specialist tracks in the areas of adult health, adult critical care, or pediatric critical care. Students pursuing the adult-gerontological primary care or family primary care nurse practitioner tracks also have the option to obtain an HIV Primary Care Certificate, which is focused on early diagnosis and long-term treatment of the disease.

“The DNP Advanced Practice track is for nurses who want to move their practice forward and use the latest research to improve patient outcomes, systems, and quality of care,” says Rita D’Aoust, PhD, ACNP, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, associate dean of teaching and learning. “With the new format options, we hope to expand and enhance the way we engage with students and meet the needs of working professionals who have great potential for health care leadership and advocacy.”

JHSON also offers a DNP Executive track for students who already have an MSN in an advanced practice area, a DNP Executive Track/Master of Business Administration dual degree program, and DNP Advanced Practice/Doctor of Philosophy dual degree program, the first in the country where students can earn both degree simultaneously at one school. JHSON’s DNP program is ranked No. 2 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2019.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice and ranks No. 1 nationally among graduate schools of nursing and No. 2 for DNP programs in the U.S. News & World Report 2019 rankings. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 3 nursing school in the world and is No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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