To become a nurse practitioner, healthcare professionals must have training as registered nurses (RNs) prior to receiving graduate education and advanced nursing licensure. Master of Science (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs in advanced practice nursing typically offer concentrations in several medical fields, such as acute care or women's health. These programs can take 2-5 years and combine classroom teaching with practical experience in multiple healthcare settings. Working students can find convenient programs that offer part-time or online classes.
Johns Hopkins University
Located in Baltimore, Maryland, Johns Hopkins University's School of Nursing awards around 600 undergraduate and graduate degrees each year. The School of Nursing offers master's degree programs for aspiring nurse practitioners in several specialties that can be completed in 2-5 years.
Courses include advanced nursing practice and management for leadership, as well as innovative interdisciplinary approaches to resolving healthcare problems. A significant portion of each program is dedicated to field experience, and some programs allow for further specialization and part-time learning.
University of Maryland - Baltimore
The University of Maryland (UM) enrolls over 6,000 students throughout the seven professional schools on its Baltimore campus. The School of Nursing building is adjacent to both the UM Medical Center and VA Medical Center, and is a block away from the UM Biotechnology Institute.
The school's doctoral programs for nurse practitioners include a variety of specializations. Based on the concentration chosen, courses cover disease prevention and diagnostics, acute and chronic care, and health maintenance. Significant clinical hours are required within these programs, and students can find coursework available online or on a part-time basis.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Avg. Graduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Johns Hopkins University||4-year, private nonprofit; large city||MSN in Family Primary Care,
MSN in Adult-Gerontological Primary Care,
MSN in Adult-Gerontological Acute Care,
MSN in Public Health Nursing
|University of Maryland - Baltimore||4-year, public; large city||DNP in Adult-Gerontological Acute Care,
DNP in Adult-Gerontological Primary Care,
DNP in Family Nurse Practitioner
|$16,456 (in-state), $33,609 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator