The need for Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioners has never been greater in Iowa. In 2019, the estimated number of people age 65 and older in Iowa was 17.5% of the total population. According to Woods & Poole Economics Inc., it is projected that 20.3 of Iowa’s total population will be age 65 and older by the year 2050. Graduates from our program are in high demand and this translates to working in a variety of clinical settings.

The Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at University of Iowa blends superb academics with first-rate clinical experiences. The staff at the College of Nursing will work to find you the best clinical experience. We try to keep you as close to your home as we can, but your clinical experience could be in any part of Iowa. Each year we accept up to 12 nurses into our three or four-year DNP program. Our class size is small so we can pay attention to every aspect for every student throughout the entire program.

The first year and a half this program is all-academic. You will be provided didactic training along with the other Nurse Practitioner specialties. During clinicals students work toward gaining competence in treating frail elderly and adult patients. By the completion of the 3- or 4-year program students obtain more than 1000 clinical and DNP project hours. In the final two years, in addition to clinical time, you will work on a DNP project that can range from introducing process improvement at a local nursing home to implementing an evidenced based practice screening tool at a large, hospital based, primary care clinic.

If you want to explore your potential, then apply and start your journey as an Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner at the University of Iowa.

I look forward to connecting with you very soon.

Larry Newman, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, ARNP 
AGNP-PC Program Director