The Doctor of Nursing Practice requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. Students may complete the program in three to five years, depending on their focus area. Individuals who have been granted an M.S.N. may complete the D.N.P. with a minimum of 27 s.h. of graduate credit.

Students choose from a number of specialties, including adult gerontology nurse practitioner—primary care, adult/gerontology nurse practitioner—acute care, anesthesia nursing, family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner—primary care, pediatric nurse practitioner—acute care, psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner; and in health systems work. A dual certification program also is offered combining the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner specialty with adult gerontology nurse practitioner—primary care, family nurse practitioner, or pediatric nurse practitioner—primary care.

All D.N.P. students complete basic graduate core courses, specialty courses, advanced core courses, and practicums. In didactic courses, they explore clinical leadership, public policy and advocacy, specialty systems, change theory, finance and business, and entrepreneurial tools. Visit D.N.P. Plans of Study on the College of Nursing website to view required course work for each D.N.P. specialty.

D.N.P. students must complete a minimum of 1,000 practice experience hours. Individuals who enter the program having completed an M.S.N. may transfer approved clinical hours from their M.S.N. program to the D.N.P. program. The clinical hours requirement is evaluated for each student who has completed an M.S.N. with a specialty program. Students who completed more than 1,000 practice experience hours in an M.S.N. advanced practice program still must complete the number of D.N.P. practicum and project hours determined in consultation with their advisor and the D.N.P. program director.

Transfer credit applicable to the D.N.P. is limited and must be approved by the College of Nursing executive associate dean for academic affairs. Transcripts for individuals who have completed an M.S.N. are evaluated individually.

Graduate students in the College of Nursing must adhere to all Graduate College policies regarding academic standing, probation, and dismissal. Course work taken 10 or more years before a student plans to graduate from the D.N.P. program must be updated according to University policy.

Applicants to College of Nursing graduate programs must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

Applicants must have a g.p.a. of at least 3.00. A criminal background check is required for all graduate students upon admission. The College of Nursing has additional application requirements, as follows.

Admission to the D.N.P. Program

Application requirements specific to the D.N.P. program are:

a bachelor's degree with a major in nursing from an accredited program;

satisfaction of the legal requirements for the practice of nursing in Iowa;

current written recommendations from three persons knowledgeable about the applicant's competence in the practice of nursing and potential for leadership and scholarship (forms required);

a current résumé, goal statement, and supplemental/information form;

transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work;

D.N.P. applicants with master's degrees in nursing from other schools must provide verification of completed clinical hours from their institution's graduate director or must submit appropriate course syllabi; and

completion of an upper-level statistics course within five years of the application deadline (acceptable University of Iowa courses include BIOS:4120 Introduction to Biostatistics, PSQF:4143 Introduction to Statistical Methods, STAT:3510 Biostatistics, and STAT:4143 Introduction to Statistical Methods; see Transfer Courses on MyUI for information about using equivalent courses from other institutions).

Application deadline for the D.N.P. program is February 1 for all specialties except anesthesia nursing, which has a June 1 application deadline.

Applications are reviewed once a year. In order to be reviewed, the application must be complete, with all materials submitted.

Applicant interviews are required for the D.N.P. program; in some cases, telephone interviews may be arranged.

Due to the level of web-based course work required, international students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program of study are not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student immigration status. Questions regarding visas and immigration documentation should be directed to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

The D.N.P. program prepares nurses for leadership and advanced practice roles within today's complex health care system. Graduates acquire the knowledge and skills to provide the highest standard of care for individuals, families, and communities.