The Clarke Nursing Difference

Experience the Difference

What makes our nurses stand out above the rest? Experience.

  • Clarke nursing students have three years of hands-on clinical experience. That totals to over 673 hours in clinical.
  • Nursing students have the opportunity to spend one full year in an anatomy and physiology course working in Clarke’s medical-school quality cadaver lab.
  • Clarke nursing students have been the Iowa Association of Student Nurses (IANS) Student Nurse of the Year.
  • Clarke’s nurses take spring break trips to other countries to learn about health care and education outside of the United States.  For example, 13 students and 3 instructors traveled to Nassau Bahamas and visited the College of Bahamas School of Nursing, Princess Margaret Hospital, orphanages, emergency hostels, attended numerous clinics and met with the Minister of Health offices and the public health directors for all the Bahaman Islands.

Clarke nursing graduates work and lead across the nation. Here are just a few examples of where recent graduates have been hired.

  • University of Wisconsin Hospitals
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
  • St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids
  • Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa 
  • Finley Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, Iowa

Successful Outcomes

Clarke nurses have a reputation of success. In fact, on average, 90 percent of employers rate Clarke University nursing students higher than graduates from other nursing schools.

Freeport Health Network actually named Clarke a “preferred school of nursing” from which to hire graduates. For every Clarke nursing student they hire, the health center gives a $2,500 scholarship to another current Clarke nursing student. The renowned Mayo Clinic recently also contacted Clarke to form a closer relationship with the University because the Mayo staff was so impressed with the caliber of Clarke nurses. This summer, three of our nursing students received competitive internships at Mayo.

But it’s about more than credentials. The words of professional nurses who have worked with Clarke nurses say it all.:

One said:

“…she seemed much calmer and relaxed during orientation than the other six nurses we hired at the same time. Also, she had much better critical-thinking skills, was able to handle a full assignment sooner and take care of more challenging patients than the other new nurses.”

Another said:

“Our only recommendation is that you send us more Clarke students to hire. They are the best-prepared students we have hired.”


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