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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advanced Practice

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Unlock the unlimited potential of an advanced nursing career at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. You can build close relationships with our world-renowned faculty who have broad experience in advanced clinical practice, leadership, and patient safety, and network with other emerging nurse leaders in your cohort. You’ll graduate ready to change the health care system and advance the nursing profession.

DNP prepared nurses are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and respect to drive health care innovation and enhance the quality of care. Johns Hopkins prepares graduates to exercise advanced levels of clinical judgment and systems thinking. Many DNP graduates have expanded responsibility and accountability in planning, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based strategies to improve individual patient and population health outcomes.

DNP NP tracks offer online coursework with the added benefit of course immersions designed for students to take advantage of the rich and varied learning opportunities found only at Johns Hopkins. The Nurse Anesthesia track provides real-world conditions using state-of-the-art simulation technology, and train in interprofessional teams with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Whatever your path, you will have support every step of the way, including dedicated faculty and staff to assist with project development and provide graduate-level academic support.

Program Details
  • 3 years
  • Online with onsite immersions
    *Adult-Gerontological Acute Students must be local (MD, DC) by semester 3.
    **Onsite for Nurse Anesthesia program.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Tuition Cost: $50,079 (full-time per year) See Details
Financial Aid: There are numerous options for financing your education including grants, scholarships, federal loans, and employment programs. Learn more.


Upcoming Application Deadlines

Fall entry: Nov 1 and Jan 15

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Curriculum

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advanced Practice Track

Up to 6 credits can be applied from the JHUSON MSN (Entry into Nursing) Program to the DNP Advanced Practice Track. Please refer to the curriculum for each specialty track to view the courses that can be applied.

Course Immersion Dates

* Dates do not include remediation dates

DNP Advance Practice Tracks

  • Nurses who want to improve outcomes for acutely and critically ill adult patients will experience a vigorous academic setting and benefit from rich and varied clinical opportunities to manage adult patients across the continuum of acute, chronic, and critical care. With access to unparalleled Hopkins resources, clinical sites, and faculty, you will learn to develop and apply your assessment, diagnostic, and treatment skills for fast-paced environments where patients are physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, and highly vulnerable to complications.

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  • This track prepares the student to provide person-centered evidenced based primary care to young adults (including late adolescents and emancipated minors), adults, and older adults (including young-old, old, and old-old adults). Emphasis is placed on the primary care management of acute episodic and chronic conditions and integration of health promotion and disease prevention throughout the adult lifespan.

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  • Prepare to provide complete, advanced care for the whole family in this option that couples theoretical background with evidence-based clinical experiences in a wide variety of community-based practice settings.

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  • The Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing prepares nurses for advanced practice as a primary care provider who helps children and their families to achieve their optimal physical, social, and emotional development. At Hopkins, faculty have designed a curriculum that combines diagnostic and pharmacological background with hands-on experience in various healthcare settings.

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  • Expand your nursing expertise in adult or child health with the Johns Hopkins Clinical Nurse Specialist doctoral program. You’ll build competencies in clinical theory and research-based nursing practice, and you’ll put your new skills to use delivering direct patient care, organizing resources while controlling costs, and educating nurses to improve healthcare delivery systems.

  • Track Options

    • Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

    • Adult Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

    • Pediatric Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

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In the DNP Advanced Practice Track: Pediatric Dual Primary/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, students will earn their DNP and be eligible to apply for certification as a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner and as an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner.

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  • One in five American adults live with a mental, behavioral or emotional disorder, with even more gaps in access to care laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic. Become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) in Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s top-ranked DNP Advanced Practice track and help meet the deep demand for mental health services.

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Become a nurse anesthetist, consistently ranked one of U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 best jobs since 2016. The DNP Advanced Practice Nurse Anesthesia track prepares students to administer anesthesia and anesthesia-related services independently and as a team member through a curriculum that emphasizes evidence-based practice, leadership skills and systems-level thinking. Graduates become sought-after members of anesthesia departments and professional organizations; they are prepared to respond to the changing technology and health care policy landscape, and manage anesthesia needs across our aging and diverse population. Students will become associate members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).

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2024-2025

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

The DNP is a doctoral degree focused on the clinical practice of nursing. The degree represents the highest academic preparation for nursing practice. The DNP Advance Practice curriculum focuses on the knowledge needed to provide comprehensive direct care across settings. It can be conferred in conjunction with any specialty in advanced practice.

A strong foundation in courses such as anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment with a grade of B or above is one key to success.

The curricular content will enable the graduate to make complex diagnoses, provide evidence-based treatment modalities, utilize sophisticated informatics and decision-making technology, and assimilate in-depth knowledge of biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral and clinical sciences.

The expanded competencies of the DNP Advanced Practice Track enable graduates to independently provide complex care across all settings including ambulatory, acute, community and home settings. For example, the expanded curriculum will focus on the utilization of evidence-based decision-making to admit and co-manage hospitalized patients, to provide advice and treatment initiated over the phone, and to initiate specialist referrals and evaluate the subsequent advice and initiate and participate in co-management.

There are three and four year plan options. A part time plan of study is not available.

The DNP Advanced Practice Track is completed over a 3- or 4-year period.  Students who are enrolled in the 4-year plan may be able to work in the first year as a Registered Nurse in settings that offer flexible scheduling.  As students begin to take specialized courses that prepare them for the respective role (i.e., NP or CNS), they will be engaged in settings to learn their future role and in which the DNP Project is situated. Hence, it will be challenging to maintain employment that is not flexible beyond the first year.

The DNP, or clinical doctorate, prepares the graduate to practice independently with the most complex patients, in any setting where the patient requires care, utilizing complicated informatics and evidence-based decision-making. Research doctorates prepare graduates to initiate and conduct sophisticated research projects, serving as the principal investigator.

The school accepts up to six credits of transfer from outside the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Please refer to the Academic Catalogue for the list of transferable courses. Once admitted into the program you can request to transfer credits by completing the transfer of graduate credit form.

The School of Nursing follows the regular academic schedule (prospective students should note that these courses are not self-paced). Students are enrolled for the fall, spring, and summer terms. Prospective students should refer to the plans of study found on the curriculum pages for each specialty.

Please visit School of Nursing’s Tuition and Fees page for the current program costs.

JHSON uses a blended format, offering courses onsite and online.

The DNP program requires a minimum of 1000 practice hours.  The majority of these hours will be in the clinical practicum where you will apply what you learn in the theory courses to gain the competence required for your particular specialty.  The balance of the practice hours are devoted to the DNP practicum which focuses on the DNP Scholarly Project. Ideally, you will have one-year of RN experience before starting the first specialty clinical.

Many of the core courses will be taken by all DNP Advanced Practice students at the same time. This could be as many as 60 students. However, the track specialty courses will be taken with only students in that specific specialty. In clinical courses, there is a ratio of 1 to 6 students per clinical instructor with each student assigned to a preceptor.

Students in the same specialty and the same plan of study (3- or 4-year) will move through as a cohort. 

It is possible for students to negotiate a clinical site within their area of interest, but these cannot be guaranteed. The DNP Scholarly Project could allow students to identify a problem within a specific area and bring that together with the specialty role. 

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.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing requires that all DNP Projects should:

  1. Focus on a change that impacts healthcare outcomes either through direct or indirect care.

  2. Have a systems (micro-, meso-, or macro- level) or population/aggregate focus.

  3. Demonstrate implementation in the appropriate arena or area of practice.

  4. Include a plan for sustainability (e.g. financial, systems or political realities, not only theoretical abstractions).

  5. Include an evaluation of processes and/or outcomes (formative or summative). DNP Projects should be designed so that processes and/or outcomes will be evaluated to guide practice and policy. Clinical significance is as important in guiding practice as statistical significance is in evaluating research.

  6. Provide a foundation for future practice scholarship.

There are four DNP Project courses that sequentially reflect the stages of evidence based practice quality improvement: Project Identification, Project Proposal, Project Implementation, and Project Evaluation. Each of the four courses has an associated practicum. The first course for the DNP Project, DNP Problem Identification has an accompanying DNP practicum.  The DNP Project is situated in the clinical setting where the student will carry it out.  As the project is a quality improvement focus, key stakeholders in the practice setting are necessary to identify clinical problems they want to address and for which they want to partner with a student or team of students.  See your plan of study for the number of practicum hours associated with each course associated with the DNP Project. 

  • 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

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