Today’s quickly evolving health care environment demands professionals who have the knowledge and skills to get the job done. The DNP program is designed to prepare clinicians with the knowledge and skills to provide the highest standard of care for individuals, families and communities and navigate today’s complex health care systems. Nurse Managers and administrators will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement and monitor programs of care and policies in complex organizations.

Why Iowa? 

  • Flexible course offerings
    - Online or hybrid
    - Individualized
  • Practicum preceptors arranged
  • Tuition assistance and scholarships 
  • Programs top ranked
  • Nationally recognized faculty
  • High completion and pass rates

 For more information regarding preparations and considerations when applying to graduate school, view the document below, click here to download it.

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Student Outcomes

Graduates of the DNP programs will be able to:

  1. Synthesize unique knowledge from nursing with natural and social sciences and the humanities to inform the generation, application, evaluation, and dissemination of knowledge to support delivery of high-quality care to individuals and populations.
  2. Apply person-centered and population health principles across the continuum of care to improve health equity and influence health outcomes for individuals and local, national, and global communities
  3. Demonstrate adaptive leadership and a futuristic mindset by using improvement science, innovation, informatics, and healthcare technology to provide quality care to diverse populations in complex healthcare systems
  4. Advocate for social and environmental change that improves the health of populations, as well as for the role of nursing in health care, health systems, regulation, and policy.
  5. Demonstrate formation of nurse identity and professionalism through ethical, inclusive, accountable, collaborative, and leadership behaviors.
  6. Develop a commitment to personal and professional development that fosters well-being, adaptability, lifelong learning, and service.
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DNP Admissions Information

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Plans of Study

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Tuition & Funding Your DNP Education

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Health & Clinical Requirements

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DNP Projects

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Student Testimonials

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