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Nursing Practice, D.N.P.

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University rank #161 (BCR) Iowa City, IA, United States
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.
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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. For yearly plans that detail course work in these specialty areas, see "Plans of Study" below. Visit D.N.P. Plans of Study on the College of Nursing website for a semester-by-semester view of required course work for each D.N.P. specialty. A dual certification program also is available that allows students to combine two of the specialties, except for anesthesia nursing or health systems.

D.N.P. students complete basic graduate core courses, specialty courses, advanced core courses, and practicums. In didactic course work, they explore clinical leadership, public policy and advocacy, specialty systems, change theory, finance and business, and entrepreneurial tools.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Leadership and Management Essentials
  • Applied Epidemiology
  • Foundations of Nursing Science I
  • Health Systems, Finance, and Economics
  • Quality and Safety
  • Emerging Science

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Apply Online: To begin the general graduate application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An application for graduate funding
  • A master’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • English Proficiency Requirements: International applicants whose first language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for admission to the university

Tuition Fee

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    28162 USD/year
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    29504 USD/year
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  • In-State

    10768 USD/year
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Living costs for Iowa City

  • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
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