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Why Iowa?

Why Iowa? for Health Systems DNP/MSN-CNL
Graduate Education for Nurse Leaders, Managers, and Executives

With so many program choices available, the Health Systems (HS) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and master’s Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN-CNL) programs rise to the top. With the motto “Inspiring Excellence, Exceeding Expectations,” the University of Iowa College of Nursing has a long, distinguished, and proud history of being on the forefront of leadership knowledge and future nurse leader or nurse executive preparation. The HS DNP program is ranked 2nd in the nation and the MSN-CNL program is ranked 7th. Our content, innovation, curriculum, practicum experiences tailored to students, world-class faculty, and online approach will exceed your expectations as a future nurse leader or nurse executive.

Here are the top three reasons to answer the question: Why Iowa?

  1. Quality: The University of Iowa College of Nursing exceeds expectations for educational quality and outcomes. The college's graduate programs are accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing and assesses and identifies programs that engage in effective educational practices. Accreditation means quality standards are met, which is important because: 1) employers often require evidence that a degree is from an accredited school or program; 2) it enables the applicant to sit for certain certification exams; 3) it makes transfer credits more acceptable; and 4) it may be needed for federal student assistance.
  2. Flexibility: The HS DNP is a 100% asynchronous online program. That means you can go to class at the times that work for you, with no mandatory meeting times to fit into your busy work and home schedules. The MSN-CNL program is predominantly online, with one on-site health promotion skills assessment segment required. You have the flexibility to do the coursework nights, weekends, and holidays and can arrange times to meet with your faculty from a distance. Even as a busy nurse you can obtain important knowledge, skills, and abilities in leadership and management, resulting in a graduate degree for achieving clinical ladder requirements, obtaining a promotion, or pursuing exciting new career opportunities.
  3. Service: Located in Iowa City, Iowa, the UI College of Nursing has easily accessible student services staff with quick response times. The faculty have a depth of expertise, with long-standing and internationally recognized prestige in the health systems field. Faculty customize students’ experiences by identifying and arranging all administrative practicum experiences in consultation with each student and his/her learning needs. Our program blends superb academics with first-rate administrative practicum experiences to produce exceptional nurse leaders, managers, and executives for organizations and systems.