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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal nursing degree that focuses on patient care rather than research. The purpose of Maryland DNP programs is to improve the quality of patient care by enhancing nursing expertise and encouraging leadership in healthcare.
Some DNP programs, such as that offered by John's Hopkins University, are open only to Post-MSN applicants. Others, such as the University of Maryland and Salisbury University, offer both a Post-MSN and Post-BSN entry-point. The curriculums vary between programs. Salisbury University's curriculum for the post-master's track consists of 38 credit hours, while the post-bachelor's curriculum requires students to complete 80 credits. John's Hopkins University's curriculum for post-MSN students is comprised of 40 credit Most programs require that a 3.0 GPA is maintained throughout coursework.
Admission requirements also vary between universities, but only slightly. Students applying to Maryland DNP programs should expect to have to meet the following requirements:
Tuition also varies between universities. The University of Maryland charges $624 per credit for residents and $1,116 for non-residents. John's Hopkins University lists the cost of tuition as $1409 per credit, though it is likely to differ for out-of-state applicants.