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FNP Welcome

Kerri RupeWelcome to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Iowa. I am Dr. Andrea Achenbach.

The need for Family Nurse Practitioners has never been greater across the country. We are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Graduates from the program are in high demand in a variety of clinical settings.

The Family Nurse Practitioner program at University of Iowa blends superb academics with vetted clinical experiences. The faculty and staff at the College of Nursing will work to find you suitable clinical experiences with preceptors. We work to try and keep you as close to your home as possible but your clinical experience may be in any part of Iowa. Rural clinics, urban centers, and community health clinics, are all utilized as preceptor sites allowing for a variety of precepted experiences

The first two years of the program are all academic. You will participate in online course work with students in the other Nurse Practitioner specialties. During the third year of the program, students begin working toward mastering advanced health assessment skills and developing competency in caring for all clients across the lifespan. By the completion of the four-year program, students have experienced more than 1,000 clinical hours. This is more than what is required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioner (AANP). During the fourth year, the student completes work on a DNP project.This is a clinically focused, evidenced-based change project.

If you want to be one of the most remarkable FNPs in the country, you need to be a Hawkeye, and I’d love to talk with you!

Andrea Achenbach, DNP, MNHP, FNP-C, ARNP
FNP Program Director