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DNP: Pediatric Dual Primary/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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Meet the growing need for pediatric nurses

In the top-ranked DNP program at Johns Hopkins, you can become a pediatric nurse practitioner who is dually prepared in primary care and acute care. One of the only DNP dual pediatric primary and acute care nurse practitioner programs in the country, you’ll learn to diagnose and manage acute, complex acute, critical, and chronic primary health problems in pediatric patients. Graduate a leader in clinical practice, ready to drive health care forward.

Students who earn their DNP will be eligible to apply for certification as a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner and as an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner.

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is No. 1 for DNP, No. 1 (Tied) for Master’s in National Rankings

Academic and professional success resources are available to support DNP students. Johns Hopkins faculty have identified superb mentors, and dedicated academic support staff can work with you to identify DNP projects that build upon work currently being done at Johns Hopkins Hospitals and partner institutions.

Program Details

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Tuition Cost: $1,939 per credit See Cost of Attendance Details
Financial Aid: There are numerous options for financing your education including grants, scholarships, federal loans, and employment programs. Learn more.

Upcoming Deadlines

Fall entry: Nov 1 and Jan 15


 No. 1 in the nation for its Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP)


No. 2 in the nation for its Nursing Master’s Program (MSN)


No. 3 nursing school in the world, according to 2023 QS World University rankings


This program is offered in the online with course immersions format. Program may be completed in 77 credits, 960 clinical hours and 160 project practicum hours. Please note below the semesters in which an onsite visit is required.

Plan of Study

For Current Students Admitted Fall 2023 and prior, please reference your Plan of Study.

3 Year Plan

* Indicates a semester with a required onsite immersion.

  • Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Part I (2)

  • Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology Part I (2)

  • Advanced Health Policy (2)

  • Health Promotion and Disease Across the Lifespan (2)

  • Application of Biostatistical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice (2)

  • Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Part II (2)

  • Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology Part II (2)

  • Human Growth, Development and Supervision Birth through Adolescence (2)

  • Diagnostic Reasoning I- Newborn and Young Child: Wellness, Nutrition. and Developmental Surveillance in Pediatric Primary Care (3)

  • Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement for Advanced Practice Nurses (3) *
  • Diagnostic Reasoning II- Common Acute Health Conditions in Pediatric Primary Care (3)

  • Application of the Research Process to Evidence-Based Practice (2)

  • Clinical Management I Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (1.5, 120cl)

  • Diagnostics and Procedures Part I Didactic (1)
  • Diagnostic Reasoning III -Children and Adolescents: Wellness, Behavioral/Mental Health, and Gender/Reproductive Health in Pediatric Primary Care (3)

  • Clinical Management II: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (2, 160cl)

  • Healthcare Finance for Advanced Nursing Practice (2)

  • Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Healthcare (2)

  • Diagnostic Reasoning IV: Chronic, Complex, and Multi-System Illnesses in Pediatric Primary Care (3)

  • Clinical Management III: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (2, 160cl) *

  • Scholarly Problem Discovery (2.5)

  • Scholarly Problem Discovery Practicum (0.5, 40hrs)

  • Inquiry for Scholarly Practice (3)

  • Diagnostics and Procedures Part II Didactic & Immersion (1)
  • Analysis and Evaluation of Individual and Population Health Data (2)

  • Translation of Evidence for Advanced Nursing Practice (1)

  • Pediatric Acute Care I Practicum (1.5, 120cl) *

  • Scholarly Project Advancement (2.5)

  • Scholarly Project Advancement Practicum (0.5, 40hrs)
  • Advanced Pediatric Acute Care Topics and Procedures (3)

  • Pediatric Acute Care Practicum II (2.5, 200cl)
  • Advanced Applications of Information Technology in Healthcare Delivery (2)

  • Scholarly Project Application (1.5)
  • Scholarly Project Application Practicum (0.5, 40hrs)

  • Advanced Pediatric Acute Care Topics (3)

  • Pediatric Acute Care Practicum III (2.5, 200cl) *

  • Clinical Data Management and Analyses (2)

  • Scholarly Project Evaluation and Dissemination (1.5)

  • Scholarly Project Evaluation and Dissemination Practicum (0.5. 40hr)

Curriculum, credit hours, and sequencing are subject to change.
** Up to 6 credits can be applied from the JHSON MSN (Entry into Nursing) Program to the DNP Advanced Practice Track.
*** A minimum of 1000 clinical/practicum hours is required for DNP.
****Transfer of credit is granted on an individual basis. Please see the transfer of credit policy and complete the form to make a request.

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Tuition & Other Costs

Financial aid

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2023 – 2024

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. Learn more.

Loans: 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. Learn more.

Employment: 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. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • At least one letter should come from a recent or current direct supervisor/manager (the person who is responsible for your performance evaluation)

  • At least one letter should come from an academic faculty member who can speak to your ability to successfully complete a demanding graduate level academic and clinical program.

  • The third letter can come from a second academic faculty member or an individual in a leadership position who can speak to your clinical abilities.

  • Personal references from colleagues, friends, or family members do not meet the requirement.

  • If you are unable to provide one of the reference letters above, please upload a statement of explanation to your application.

Please include the following information in your resume or CV:

  • Work experience (include dates, sites and locations; paid and unpaid; any residency participation)

  • Education Background

  • Scholarly activities (research, presentations, publications, honors, awards)

  • Professional activities (leadership, certifications, professional organization membership, service on committees)

  • Community Service/Volunteerism

Clinical practicum experiences are determined by the student’s advanced practice focus area, student interest, site and preceptor availability, and the student’s programmatic needs. The student will work collaboratively with the specialty Track Coordinator and the Clinical Placement Team to request sites and preceptors, with final approval by the Track Coordinator. There will be an orientation to an electronic software system where the student will take responsibility to complete requests and upload appropriate documentation. Students will be working with the Clinical Placement Team from the time they enter the program until they graduate. The Clinical Placement Team will be a part of advising sessions, orientation and immersions. The student is encouraged to work collaboratively and proactively with the team on an all-hands approach for optimal preceptor opportunities. Unauthorized states for clinicals include LA, NY and OR.

Admitted students who decide to enroll will be required to sign the “Student Expectations in the Clinical Placements Process” document prior to their first term in the program

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