Education is a transformational experience and students are my colleagues in that experience, joining in new adventures and setting the stage for lifelong learning and service to others.
Your life goals include caring for the whole person to make a positive impact on their overall health, and our faculty are ready to support you in your passion. Clarke offers a nationally recognized Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program that is designed to serve the needs of the working health care professional seeking post-baccalaureate or post-master’s study. This program offers you the flexibility to continue your education and pursue a doctoral degree while keeping up with the demands of work and home.
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Health Leadership and Practice (HLP)
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
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A nursing advocacy organization, RegisteredNursing.org, recently released its list of 2019 Best Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, and Clarke has been ranked as #5 in the nation.
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 and Graduate Nursing Handbook
Graduates of our DNP program are nurse leaders in interdisciplinary health care teams and work to improve systems of care, patient outcomes, quality, and safety.
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 want students to enjoy the process of learning. We too many times focus on outcomes and objectives instead of the journey toward understanding.
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.
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.
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
I feel that my education at Clarke provided me with a solid foundation to begin my nurse practitioner career. I was able to continue working while pursuing my DNP, and my clinicals were within minutes from home.
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.