The Doctor of Nursing Practice is the recommended degree for advanced practice. At Iowa this degree will prepare nurses to assume the role of nurse practitioner or nurse executive. A very helpful site to learn about the DNP is at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing ( Check out the position statement and especially the DNP Fact Sheet. This is actually an excellent resource as you write the personal statement for your application.

If you will graduate in either the fall or spring semester, you can apply for the HS DNP program

Yes, except for practicums.

No, new graduates can gain experience before they begin classes and during the first year of graduate work.

The project provides the opportunity for an in-depth analysis and synthesis of a chosen topic that contributes to some aspect of advanced nursing practice. The project is completed over four semesters with assistance from your advisor and faculty members within the course. To see some of the projects past graduates have completed, click here

No, you do not need to take the GRE for our DNP program.

You will be expected to travel up to 100 miles for preceptor experiences, and if you live in an area that has limited providers in your specialty, you may be required to travel further. Also, note that there is an expectation that your preceptor/provider is in the state of Iowa.

You should wear business casual attire in your clinical settings. Lab coats can be worn; however, they are not required. Your photo badge identifying you as a DNP student must be worn at all times.

Due to the level of Internet-based course work required, international students in this program of study are not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student immigration status. Questions regarding visas and immigration documentation should be addressed to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) via email at

How much each student can work can be determined only by them. All current HS students work full time.

If you move to Iowa for the sole purpose of being a student, you will pay non-resident tuition. The University of Iowa Registrar’s Office can assist you in determining what you would need to do to be eligible for resident tuition. Please see the following URL for information regarding residency as well as contact information: