I believe that it is imperative that we utilize strong leadership characteristics as nurses, to care for individuals who cannot care for themselves. Nursing is about caring for the whole person, the body, mind, and spirit.
Earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice with Clarke University to advance your career while learning to care for the whole person and make a positive impact on their overall health. Personalize the program to your goals with concentrations including:
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Health Leadership and Practice (HLP)
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
With cohorts limited to 20 students each, you will get the one-on-one support and attention Clarke is known for. Our faculty bring their years of professional experience to the program, granting you insight and perspective to the health care field. Plus, our hybrid DNP program allows you the flexibility to complete work on your own schedule while benefiting from face-to-face discussions twice a month.
Throughout the DNP degree coursework, you will complete over 1,000 hours of clinicals in your area of concentration. Gain practical experience and serve a wide variety of patient populations, while getting to know what the city and region have to offer.
Students in the DNP program average a 100% pass rate on national certification boards and licensed graduates enjoy a 100% job placement rate at clinics and health centers nationwide.
See the Doctor of Nursing Practice Mission and Outcomes.
Aligned With Your Goals
Combined with our experiential learning activities and clinicals tailored to your career aspirations, the Clarke DNP degree creates a clear path to success. You can even add specializations like our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate or the Nursing Education Certificate. You’ll also add breadth and depth to your expertise as the faculty help you draw connections between the social determinants of health and ways you can impact the communities you serve.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Clake University is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Clarke has earned outside recognition as well, including RegisteredNursing.org, which named Clarke one of the top 5 doctorate of nursing programs in the nation in 2019. Clarke University has also earned recognition as the #1 Best Faith-Based University in Iowa from Plexuss, Princeton Review’s Best Midwestern Colleges, and #62 Nationally in Social Mobility from U.S. News & World Report.
Classes are hybrid, meeting face-to-face the first and third Thursdays of each month. Cohorts are limited to 20 students. Students will complete 1,000 clinical hours specific to their concentration. You’ll learn to:
- Provide excellent patient care based on evidence-based practice
- Collaborate with inter-professional teams
- Apply ethical perspectives to decision-making
- Advocate health care access for all
- Manage the business of health care effectively
- Inform practice with current research
- Use technology to support practice
- Demonstrate knowledge of the issues and trends related to health care and socio-economic policies
- For course descriptions and more information, please see the Academic Catalog
Admission to Clarke University
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. GRE is required if GPA is less than 3.0.
Program in Pictures
As an educator, my goal is to challenge students to think in a way that promotes their professional and personal growth so they can positively impact their profession.
I am passionate about finding creative ways to help students synthesize complex information, to enable them to be successful learners so they may enjoy their journey in education and be able to share their gifts with others.
Clarke’s DNP program offers a robust amount of experiences and resources to help students succeed in the program and prepare for their role as nurse practitioners after graduation.
My goal as an educator is to help prospective psychiatric providers see beyond the symptoms and develop partnerships with those in their care.
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
What I like most about the Clarke DNP program is the smaller cohort so the professors can provide support to each individual student, setting them up for success. The hybrid program also provides a unique opportunity for students and educators to meet face-to-face about twice a month, unlike some programs that are all online.
The DNP program at Clarke impacted me in a much more profound way that I had anticipated. It was much more than knowledge that I gained. Clarke shaped my world view and empowered me in my role as a dean to work for betterment of others and advocate effectively for social justice.
The Clarke DNP program taught me the importance of being an advocate for my patients. I am now able to make an impact towards improving the health of the community that I serve.
DNP pass rate on national certification exam.
Earn a doctoral degree in as little as three years.
Clarke assists with clinical locations. All students are precepted one to one.