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.
Nurses are the largest part of the health care workforce, and the practice of nursing is one of the most diverse as the profession addresses clinical, leadership, public policy, and public health care needs. Clarke offers a nationally recognized Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program that is designed to serve the needs of the working healthcare 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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Collegiate level teaching requirements:
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
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. A 3.0. GRE is required if GPA is less than 3.0.
Program in Pictures
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 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.
My goal is to help students become knowledgeable about the advanced nursing field, to instill the dedication to health care access and advocacy for the underserved, and to shape leaders for our community.
I endeavor to help students develop their critical thinking skills so that they can become the problem-solvers of the future.
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.
Clarke’s DNP program prepared me for the next level of advanced practice nursing by combining preparation for direct patient care and global health issues affecting the industry.
The Clarke graduate nursing program helped me reach my fullest potential as an advanced practice practitioner. I was able to obtain a high-quality doctorate degree locally.
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.