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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctoral Degree

Your life goals include caring for the whole person to make a positive impact in 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.

Concentrations include:

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Collegiate level teaching requirements:

DNP student

Program Details

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.

Graduate Nursing Handbook

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. GRE is required if GPA is less than 3.0.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know you by your first name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Ann Weltin, DNP

Ann Weltin, DNP

Associate Professor of Nursing; Director of Graduate Nursing Studies

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.

Andrea Simmons, DNP

Andrea Simmons, DNP

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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.

Molly Kuhle, Ph.D.

Molly Kuhle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Nursing

I want students to enjoy the process of learning. We too many times focus on outcomes and objectives instead of the journey toward understanding.

Lisa Rettenmeier, Ed.D.

Lisa Rettenmeier, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Nursing

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.

Catherine Byrne Hall
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Our Students & Alumni

Shelly Klein

Shelly Klein

Doctor of Nursing Practice ‘16

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.

Katherine McQuillan

Katherine McQuillan

Doctor of Nursing Practice ‘14

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.

Jenny Burds

Jenny Burds

Doctor of Nursing Practice ‘14

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.

100 %
Pass Rate

DNP pass rate on national certification exam.

Years to a DNP

Earn a doctoral degree in as little as three years.


Clarke assists with clinical locations. All students are precepted one to one.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Clarke University is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Clarke University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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