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DNP Testimonials

We had a surveyor who looked at my antimicrobial stewardship program as part of her inspection. Part of the review included looking at and talking through all of the materials being used as part of the program, including the diagnostic and prescribing tools created by Taylor Legleiter and Cailey Anderson for their projects. She was extremely impressed and asked if she could use the materials, again including/especially the tools created by your (Dr. Larry Newman’s) students, to use as examples of Best Practice in her future inspections.

I feel extremely proud to be working with such intelligent future providers and I thought you might too!"--Kathryn Gross

I chose a doctor of nursing practice program over a masters program because I think it’s important for nurse practitioners to be doctorally prepared. Firstly, the DNP degree helps put advanced practice nurses on a level playing field with other professionals in the health care realm, which is important for nurses to both advance the profession and affect health care policy. The DNP program also covers important aspects of advanced practice nursing like leadership, health systems, and advanced diagnostics, which is important to meet the increasingly complex needs of the health care environment. Finally, nurse practitioners have fought long and hard for their autonomy in practice. With the DNP, we are more prepared to communicate our outcomes and demonstrate that we deserve this autonomy. 

I chose the college of nursing at the University of Iowa for my DNP degree as a family nurse practitioner for two reasons. One, I attended the undergraduate college for my BSN and felt I received a quality education that helped me to be successful. Secondly, I wanted to be involved in a program that still included on-campus time with face-to-face interaction with professors and peers. This interaction, and the relationships that are built, are invaluable.

Reflecting on my graduate education, I know I made the right choice and that I will be an asset in the health care system. The faculty expected us to become excellent clinicians but also pushed us to think further and become leaders equipped to make the health care system a better place for our patients. I have never been more proud to be a nurse and will strive for my future practice to reflect what it means to be a doctorally prepared nurse educated at the University of Iowa."-- Megan Dietzel (DNP ’17) 


The four years that I have spent in the DNP program at the University of Iowa have assisted me in growing leaps and bounds both intellectually and professionally. Receiving a terminal degree in nursing practice is one of the best decisions that I have made in my life. The program has prepared me to be a leader in the field and an advocate for my patients and the profession, as a whole. The directors and professors are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience and are willing to do whatever it takes to assist students to promote success in the program. The DNP project allows students to understand the dedication it takes to translate evidence into practice and to work closely with an interdisciplinary team to advance the health care system to promote quality and improved outcomes. I am thankful for the opportunity that I have had through the University of Iowa College of Nursing. I look forward to utilizing the education and training I have gained through the DNP program to continue on my path as a professional nurse."-- Ashley Terwilliger (DNP ’17) 


As a practicing NP for 12 years, I was initially skeptical of the value of continuing on for my DNP. I was pleased to discover the value of the curriculum for the DNP. Most of us became NPs to clinically care for patients and believed that the only valuable content relates to clinical management of the patient. After taking epidemiology, quality and safety, and clinical decision making, I changed my mind. The clinical skills come over time with exposure and experience. The knowledge needed to navigate the health care world, data bases, best practice, and care development can only be learned with dedicated time and knowledgeable instructors. The knowledge I have gained and tools to access information about patient care has made an incredible impact on my direct care for patients as well as assisting systems to improve care for patients. I do feel that the DNP portion of the training is more beneficial to NPs who have been in practice for at least a few years. I would hope that those going directly through gain a thorough understanding of the value of the DNP."-- Dana Fowler (DNP ’17)