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Prospective Students: Graduate Programs - Overview

Master of Science in Nursing-Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN-CNL)
This degree is designed for the baccalaureate-prepared nurse who is interested in delivering evidence-based care to improve patient care. The MSN-CNL graduate works with leaders in inter-disciplinary programs and health care teams within the microsystem. Available online, the MSN-CNL program is highly accessible and can be completed in just over two years.

The University of Iowa College of Nursing provided me with a sense of empowerment. I advanced my skills to become a leader in nursing. Through this program, I learned that I have special interests in quality improvement, outcomes measurement, and implementing evidence-based practices in my unit. I also just recently became board certified as a CNL! The University of Iowa College of Nursing MSN-CNL program prepared me for this endeavor. I would highly recommend the University of Iowa MSN-CNL program to the nursing workforce."

-- Kristin Thayer (MSN-CNL ’18) 

I feel the University of Iowa College of Nursing has given me a solid foundation to begin practicing as a Clinical Nurse Leader. I have made connections through my education at University of Iowa that will benefit me as I begin the role of Clinical Nurse Leader.”

-- Leanne Haiwick (MSN-CNL ’18)

The microsystem assessment, literature search, and implementation planning are much more effective when there is a step by step process. These tasks were not intuitive for me, but the CNL program gave a framework for performing these tasks, and I can use these tools to improve any patient care environment I am placed.”

-- Stephanie Lacquement (MSN-CNL ’18)

For more information about the MSN-CNL program, click here.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
PhD student tuition and 9 month stipends are fully funded for the first three years of the program! The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program prepares scholars to conduct research in nursing, to extend the knowledge base relevant to nursing, and to collaborate in interdisciplinary research with other scholars. Study requires expertise in nursing and developing competence in research that relates to the practice of nursing and delivery of health care.

PhD Program Highlights:

  • World-renowned faculty mentors
  • 100% of full-time students receive some form of financial support
  • Research excellence in:
    • Pain, palliative care, and symptom management
    • Gerontology
    • Health systems
  • With emerging areas of emphasis in:
    • Management of chronic conditions across the lifespan
    • Health promotion in at-risk populations

"I chose the PhD program at the University of Iowa because it is well known as a research intensive institution. The college was able to match me with faculty that have the same research interests as me. My first semester in the program has been a conducive environment for me to learn from and I'm fortunate to be here. I know I will achieve my professional goals of being a nurse researcher and I will be able to influence nursing practice in Kenya through research and education."-- Lister Nyareso Onsongo, RN, MS, and a first-year PhD student from Kenya with a research interests in pain management

For details on the PhD program, click here.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Today’s complex health care systems demand nurses at the top of their game. The DNP program is designed to prepare clinicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve the highest standard of care for individuals, families, and communities. Nurses seeking to expand their administrative knowledge and skills will find the Health Systems program of study relevant and exciting.

UI College of Nursing has prepared me to be a better nurse and a more confident leader. I hope to continue to be a positive influence and role model for future Native Americans in the nursing field.”
-- Loreen Curley (DNP ’18) 

Because the University of Iowa DNP program is partially self-guided, I feel I have developed deeper critical thinking skills. I have been challenged to think outside the box and be self-sufficient. I have a deep understanding of the NP role in healthcare and feel that I truly am prepared to be an amazing care provider.”
-- Melanie Devries (DNP ’18)

Many of the faculty members in my program are active in their nurse practitioner roles, and are fine examples of those who merge patient-centered care and evidence-based practice every day. We were pushed hard to learn, but also to innovate in our patient care approach. I learned that to provide better care, I must address the needs of the patient and the healthcare system in which we interact. The College of Nursing assigned me into clinical rotations with extremely knowledgeable preceptors, who not only provided me with immeasurable experiences but instilled in me the confidence to go the extra step after graduation - practice solo!”
-- Tyler Moeller (DNP ’18)

Click here to learn more UI's DNP program.