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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to Offer Additional Pathway to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree


The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) announces a new pathway to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree that will prepare nurses at the highest level of nursing practice and provide a seamless progression to advance their roles and become leaders in health care.

Due to launch in 2017, pending MHEC approval, the new pathway is designed for nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing or generalist master of science in nursing degree who will be prepared at the doctoral level for the advanced practice roles of nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist. Through face-to-face and online courses, students can take classes with flexibility, receive hands-on clinical leadership training, and complete the option in a three- or four-year plan of study.

“We’ve seen so many new changes in health care delivery and nurses are stepping up to fill the global need for advanced care,” says Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “This new pathway to the DNP is important for the profession because it opens a wider door for nurses to enter in obtaining the knowledge and skills needed to tackle the most complex health care and system issues across the world.”

Ranked as the No. 2 DNP program by U.S. News & World Report in its first-ever DNP rankings, the JHSON’s current DNP option will continue to serve as the two-year “Executive DNP” route for actively practicing nurses with MSN degrees in specialty areas. To complete the degree, students use their expertise and the application of principles learned through the curriculum to develop, implement, and evaluate a DNP project. Many apply their project to their current nursing practice.

Through both pathways, DNP graduates will receive advanced knowledge and skills around population health, health disparities, chronic illness, clinical scholarship, illness prevention, and more, and will be prepared to improve outcomes, cut costs, and lead interprofessional teams. The DNP has seen tremendous growth in the U.S., and JHSON is actively broadening nurse engagement and creating ties across borders through its recently launched first-ever U.S. DNP cohort in Saudi Arabia

“The DNP is a practice-focused degree that lays the foundation for executive nursing roles. This new pathway amplifies nursing’s reach in both education and practice,” says Davidson. 


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice and ranks #1 nationally among graduate schools of nursing and #6 for online programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the school was named the “Most Innovative Nursing Graduate Program in the U.S.” by Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees, and ranks #1 among nursing schools for Federal Research Grants and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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