Below you'll find a list of all of the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs available in Iowa.
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Students who are interested in pursuing the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Allen College must possess a current and active nursing license without encumbrances. In order to earn the degree, students must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours as well as 400 contact hours of clinical or practicum experience. The curriculum includes coursework in the following subject areas: Clinical Prevention and Population Health, Analytic Methods for Evidence-Based Practice, Health Care Economics, Finance, and Policy, and Health Care Informatics. The DNP program offered at Allen College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Briar Cliff University
Sioux City, Iowa
Students accepted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Briar Cliff University can choose from two tracks of study - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Adult/Gerontology Practitioner (AGP). Coursework for both tracks includes classes in: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention throughout the Lifespan, Ethical Issues Influencing Practice and Research in Health Disparities, and Health Operations and Financial Management for Health Leaders. Advanced courses in health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and practice skills lab are mandatory. Briar Cliff University's DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is offered in a hybrid format. The program is a collaboration between the university's Department of Nursing and the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University.
Students accepted to the DNP program at Clarke University can choose from two areas of concentration: Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP-FNP) or Nurse Educator/Organizational Leadership (DNP-NEOL). The university offers BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP programs in both concentration areas. The DNP-FNP program is a cohort program (limited to only 20 students per cohort) and courses are offered both online and on campus. Graduates of the DNP-NEOL program will be eligible to sit for the certification exams for Nurse Educators (CNE) or Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL), depending on their chosen career path. Clarke University's DNP program is accredited by the CCNE and approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Graceland University is accredited by the CCNE and delivered in an online format. This is a post-master's program and the curriculum follows the AACN DNP Essentials. Organizational Leadership is offered as an area of concentration. The program includes coursework in Health Systems Policy and Regulation, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Healthcare Informatics, and Applied Transformational Research. Students accepted to the program have to complete the required number of supervised practice hours, which is determined by the practice hours they completed for their MSN or post-master certificate degree. The culminating experience is the completion of a DNP Capstone Project.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Kaplan University is offered online and has multiple start dates for greater flexibility. Both post-BSN and post-MSN candidates are considered for the program. There are three pathways to the DNP degree at Kaplan: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Executive Leader. The culminating experience is the completion of a capstone project, which should demonstrate the student's ability to apply their research findings in developing new systems and producing real-world outcomes in their chosen practice setting. The core curriculum covers topics such as: Epidemiology and Social Determinants of Population Health, Transforming the Health Care Organization, and Ethics, Policy, and Advocacy for Population Health.
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
The post-baccalaureate CCNE-accredited DNP program at the University of Iowa offers the following APRN specializations: Adult/Gerontology NP, Adult/Gerontology - Acute Care, Family NP, Pediatric NP, and Psychiatric Mental Health NP. These programs can be pursued on a full-time basis only. There is also a Nursing Anesthesia DNP program that is jointly sponsored by the College of Nursing and the Department of Anesthesia at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Additionally, the university offers a DNP - Health Systems program with a focus on nursing administration and leadership. There is also a post-master's DNP program that allows students to choose from the following areas of concentration: Health Systems, Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner, and Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care.
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