DNP Programs in Maryland

Maryland DNP Programs

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.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

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

Admission requirements also vary between universities, but only slightly. Students applying to Maryland DNP programs should expect to have to meet the following requirements:

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA (or higher)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Phone or on-campus Interview
  • Essay
  • Unencumbered RN License
  • Current Resume
  • Satisfactory GRE Scores


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.

Additional Resources

DNP Schools Near You & Online in Maryland

Johns Hopkins University

  • 3400 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21218
    Programs: Accelerated BSN, BSN, CNA, DNP, Nuclear Medicine Tech, Nursing PhD, RN, RN to BSN
    (410) 516-8000

University of Maryland

  • 620 W. Lexington St. Baltimore, MD 21201
    Programs: Accelerated MSN, BSN, BSN to DNP, Clinical Nurse Leader, DNP, EMT Paramedic, Nursing PhD, Physician Assistant, RN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN, Sonography
    (410) 706-3100

University of Maryland

  • 7403 Hopkins Avenue College Park, MD 20740
    Programs: Accelerated MSN, BSN, DNP, Physician Assistant, RN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN
    (301) 277-2994

MGH Institute for Health Professions

  • 2200 Research Boulevard Rockville, MD 20850
    Programs: DNP
    (800) 498-2071