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Clarke University’s DNP Program Recognized as 5th in the Nation

By Clarke News  |  October 2, 2019

A nursing advocacy organization,, recently released their list of 2019 Best Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, and Clarke has been ranked as #5 in the nation. Clarke ranked higher than the University of Iowa, who placed ninth. assesses DNP programs based on several factors that  represent how well a program supports students during school, towards licensure, and beyond. Data sources include: The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS); National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE); and The Council for Community and Economic Research.

Their methodology began with building a database of nursing programs for all degree levels and specializations across the entire U.S., through various means. Additional information on their methodology can be found on the website. stated, “We believe in providing students with all the information possible to make the right choice when selecting a nursing program. With this in mind, we aim to achieve this goal by studying nursing programs to analyze what makes them stand out against the pack.”

Clarke Professor and Department Chair of Nursing Patricia Pearce said, “This ranking is an important talking point when we meet with students and parents. A number five ranking is impressive and based on the criteria used in the ranking calculations, reflects positively on Clarke’s dedication to students and their learning.”

According to their website, said about Clarke, “At Clarke University, advanced practice nurses can return to school while working to earn their Doctor of Nursing Practice in a mix of online and on-ground instruction. With regular on-campus clinicals each month, nurses can manage their work, school, and family schedules. The new program makes use of advanced technology as well as traditional nursing curriculum.”

For more information, please contact Clarke’s Nursing Department at (563)588-6361 or email