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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care

UI’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (PNP-PC) program blends quality academics with exceptional clinical experiences that are carefully selected and individualized for the best student learning outcomes possible.

Application Deadline: February 1

Accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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Approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing

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Quick Facts

Here are a just few reasons you should consider enrolling in one of the most remarkable PNP-PC programs in the country:

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Location: Hybrid (Online & On-Campus)

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Length: 3-Year/4-Year Plan of Study

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Class Size: Maximum 12

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Application Deadline: Feb. 1

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Certification Exam Pass Rate: 100%

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Job Placement Rate: 100%

Overview

Mission

The mission of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care (PNP-PC) program is to provide high quality courses and clinical experiences to students to enable them to successfully transition to the role of a doctorally prepared pediatric nurse practitioner.

Program Design

The PNP-PC curriculum is designed to provide graduate education and intensive clinical experiences for students to become a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioners and obtain the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) as a terminal degree.

Benefits of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The American Association of College of Nursing (AACN) has recommended the DNP as the graduate degree of choice for advanced practice nurses. The University of Iowa’s College of Nursing was one of the first in the nation to receive approval for the DNP from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in 2009.

UI's PNP-PC DNP program aims to produce nurse leaders who are equipped to meet the challenges of a complex health care system and a rapidly changing environment that demands highly skilled nurse problem solvers armed with evidence-based management ability.

Program of Study Options

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BSN to DNP 3- and 4-yr plan of study

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BSN to DNP dual certification plans of study

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Post masters DNP

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Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the University of Iowa Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care (PNP-PC) program.

As one of the earliest PNP-PC programs in the nation, the UI has a long tradition of excellence, and our graduates are well-respected around the country and excel in meeting the high demand for pediatric health care providers across the nation. Our graduates work in both rural and urban settings and provide care for children in primary care, outpatient specialty care, school-based health centers, and more.

The PNP-PC program is built upon a rigorous academic curriculum that is vital to developing the necessary clinical and non-clinical expertise needed to promote high-quality children’s health outcomes on an individual and systems level. The initial portion of our program focuses on foundational learning related to the advanced practice registered nurse role. In later portions of the program, students will progress through pediatric-focused course work, clinical experiences, and completion of the DNP project. In total, PNP-PC students complete 630 clinical hours, and we ensure that they are placed with strong clinical preceptors to support the highest quality clinical learning experiences.

If you are passionate about children’s health and are looking for an academic program that will foster both professional and personal growth, I invite you to apply for Iowa’s PNP-PC program or to reach out to me with questions you may have.

Daniel Crawford, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CNE 
PNP-PC Program Director

Curriculum

Fall I (12 Semester Hours)

  • Leadership and Management Essentials (3 S.H.)
  • Population Health for Advanced Practice (3 S.H.)
  • Applied Epidemiology (3 S.H.)
  • Advanced Practice Role I: Introduction (IPE included) (3 S.H.)

Spring I (12 Semester Hours)

  • Advanced Physiology Online (3 S.H.)
  • Evaluating Evidence for Practice (3 S.H.)
  • Clinical Data Management and Evaluation (3 S.H.)
  • Interprofessional Skills and Team Based Healthcare II* (0 S.H.)
  • Social Determinants of Health and Health Systems Inequities (3 S.H.)

Summer I (5 Semester Hours)

  • Health Systems, Finance, and Economics (3 S.H.)
  • Genetics/Genomics for Advanced Nursing Practice (2 S.H.)

Fall II (12 Semester Hours)

  • Quality and Safety (3 S.H.)
  • Pathophysiology for Advanced Clinical Practice (4 S.H.)
  • Mental Disorders in Advanced Practice (3 S.H.)
  • Interprofessional Skills and Team Based Healthcare III* (0 S.H.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Project I (2 S.H., 148 Hours Practice Experience)

Spring II (9 Semester Hours)

  • Health Promotion and Assessment for Advanced Clinical Practice (4 S.H.)
  • Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutic Procedures for Primary Care (1 S.H.)
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Clinical Practice (3 S.H.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Project II (1 S.H., 74 Hours Practice Experience)

Summer II (3 Semester Hours)

  • Graduate Pharmacology Specialty (3 S.H.)

Fall III (10 Semester Hours)

  • Health Policy, Law, and Advocacy (3 S.H.)
  • Primary Care: Infants, Children, and Adolescents I (3 S.H.)
  • Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum I (3 S.H., 180 Hours Practice Experience)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Project III (1 S.H., 74 Hours Practice Experience)

Spring III (11 Semester Hours)

  • Primary Care: Infants, Children, and Adolescents II (3 S.H.)
  • Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum II (4 S.H., 270 Hours Practice Experience)
  • Advanced Practice Role II: Integration (3 S.H.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Project IV (1 S.H., 74 Hours Practice Experience)

Summer III (3 Semester Hours)

  • Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum III (3 S.H., 180 Hours Practice Experience)

Total Program Hours: 77 S.H., 1000 Hours Practice Experience

*no tuition/fees or registration required (accepting the course invite when sent is all that is required). However, there will be an approx. 8 hour per semester time commitment for this course.

Fall I (9 Semester Hours)

  • Leadership and Management Essentials (3 S.H.)
  • Applied Epidemiology (3 S.H.)
  • Advanced Practice Role I: Introduction (IPE I included) (3 S.H.)

Spring I (6 Semester Hours)

  • Social Determinants of Health and Health Systems Inequities (3 S.H.)
  • Interprofessional Skills and Team Based Healthcare II* (0 S.H.)
  • Evaluating Evidence for Practice (3 S.H.)

Summer I (5 Semester Hours)

  • Genetics/Genomics for Advanced Nursing Practice (2 S.H.)
  • Health Systems, Finance, and Economics (3 S.H.)

Fall II (9 Semester Hours)

  • Quality and Safety (3 S.H.)
  • Population Health for Advanced Practice (3 S.H.)
  • Interprofessional Skills and Team Based Healthcare III* (0 S.H.)
  • Mental Disorders in Advanced Practice (3 S.H.)

Spring II (6 Semester Hours)

  • Advanced Physiology Online (3 S.H.)
  • Clinical Data Management and Evaluation (3 S.H.)

Fall III (9 Semester Hours)

  • Health Policy, Law, and Advocacy (3 S.H.)
  • Pathophysiology for Advanced Clinical Practice (4 S.H.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Project I (2 S.H., 148 Hours Practice Experience)

Spring III (9 Semester Hours)

  • Health Promotion and Assessment for Advanced Clinical Practice (4 S.H.)
  • Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutic Procedures for Primary Care (1 S.H.)
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Clinical Practice (3 S.H.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Project II (1 S.H., 74 Hours Practice Experience)

Summer III (3 Semester Hours)

  • Graduate Pharmacology Specialty (3 S.H.)

Fall IV (7 Semester Hours)

  • Primary Care: Infants, Children, and Adolescents I (3 S.H.)
  • Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum I (3 S.H., 180 Hours Practice Experience)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Project III (1 S.H., 74 Hours Practice Experience)

Spring IV (11 Semester Hours)

  • Primary Care: Infants, Children, and Adolescents II (3 S.H.)
  • Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum II (4 S.H., 270 Hours Practice Experience)
  • Advanced Practice Role II: Integration (3 S.H.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Project IV (1 S.H., 74 Hours Practice Experience)

SUMMER IV (3 Semester Hours)

  • Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum III (3 S.H., 180 Hours Practice Experience)

Total Program Hours: 77 S.H., 1000 Hours Practice Experience

*no tuition/fees or registration required (accepting the course invite when sent is all that is required). However, there will be an approx. 8 hour per semester time commitment for this course.


 

Tuition & Fees

University of Iowa Tuition and Fees for PNP-PC Tracks

BSN to DNP (4-year plan of study):                                    
Total program tuition: $88,039 for Iowa resident; $165,036 for non-resident

Post MSN/APRN to DNP (3-year plan of study):
Total program tuition/fees: $34,316 for Iowa resident; $53,288 for non-resident

Post Graduate Certification:       
Total tuition: $12,265 for Iowa resident and non-resident

Dual Certification:
Total program tuition: $98,449 for Iowa resident; $188,836 for non-resident
(using PNP-PC and PNP-AC as an example)

Second Certification + DNP (3-year plan of study):
Total program tuition: $50,569 for Iowa resident; $87,397 for non-resident

Residency requirements are established by the State of Iowa Board of Regents and can be found here: http://registrar.uiowa.edu/residency. You must be able to show that you were a resident of Iowa for 12 months prior to commencing an educational program for some purpose other than education (work, residence, etc.).

 

Paying for your PNP-PC Degree

Financial Aid
Graduate DNP education programs to become a PNP-PC leader are long, hard and expensive; however, the rate of return on this investment will pay higher dividends than any other investment you could make during your remarkable career. UI's Office of Student Financial Aid is available to help you determine the best way to pay for your investment. The graduate HS student is able to borrow up to the full cost of attendance while in graduate school. The full cost includes all tuition, fees, books, Insurance, and additional living expenses such as rent and food.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)
For those students who desire to be a faculty member upon graduation, the College of Nursing has funds through the NFLP program. This is a loan forgiveness program with 20% forgiven for each of the first four years as a faculty member. The remaining 20% is the responsibility of the student. 

The University of Iowa’s College of Nursing is able to offer a number of graduate scholarships through the UI Foundation thanks to generous donors.

Health care facilities are frequently willing to offer either a stipend or loan repayment for a commitment to work for a given number of years. Additionally, many of the U.S. military branches will also offer scholarships in return for employment upon graduation.


FAQs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is the recommended degree for advanced practice. At Iowa this degree will prepare nurses to assume the role of nurse practitioner or nurse executive. A very helpful site to learn about the DNP is at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/index.htm). Check out the position statement and especially the DNP Fact Sheet. This is actually an excellent resource as you write the personal statement for your application.

If you will graduate in either the fall or spring semester, you can apply for any program except the BSN-FNP-DNP. The BSN-FNP-DNP requires proof of licensure at the time of application (February 1).

The vast majority of our courses are offered online; however, there are some where on site is required. For example, our didactic nurse practitioner courses are offered on-site only. Classes are scheduled so that students are on campus only once a week. Please remember, there may be other times when on site is required such as orientation or as enrichment days. These dates will be available to students well ahead of time so that arrangements can be made. Clinical practicums are arranged by the College of Nursing with consideration of where students live. Every effort is made to minimize long distances; however, the goal is to provide students with the best possible clinical experiences and this may require travel on the part of the student.

Some programs (Nurse Anesthesia and Neonatal) have specific requirements for one to two years of experience. For other programs, while it is helpful to have some experience it is not absolutely necessary and we would encourage potential students to apply when the time seems right for them to be successful. New graduates can gain experience before they begin classes and during the first year of graduate work.

The project provides the opportunity for an in-depth analysis and synthesis of a chosen topic that contributes to some aspect of advanced nursing practice. The project is completed over four semesters with assistance from your advisor and faculty members within the course. To see some of the projects past graduates have completed, click here.

No, you do not need to take the GRE for our DNP program.

You will be expected to travel up to 100 miles for preceptor experiences, and if you live in an area that has limited providers in your specialty, you may be required to travel further. Also, note that there is an expectation that your preceptor/provider is in the state of Iowa.

At this time clinicals must be done in Iowa. We make the placements, so students aren’t responsible for finding sites. There are three sequential clinical courses in the program that start in the fall and go through summer. For total clinical hours, refer to the DNP Plan of Study for the program you are interested in attending (www.nursing.uiowa.edu/academic-programs/dnp/plans).  You can divide the number of clinical hours by 15 weeks in the fall & spring and 10 weeks in the summer to determine how many hours you would spend in clinicals each week. It’s possible to do blocks of concentrated time if that works better for a student’s schedule.

You should wear business casual attire in your clinical settings. Lab coats can be worn; however, they are not required. Your photo badge identifying you as a DNP student must be worn at all times.

Due to the level of Internet-based course work required, international students in this program of study are not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student immigration status. Questions regarding visas and immigration documentation should be addressed to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) via email at isss@uiowa.edu.

How much each student is able to work can be determined only by them; however, please be realistic about your ability to work full-time and take courses. The advanced practice core and specialization courses require a great deal of time, and it may necessitate reducing work time. During the clinical year (year 3), you will be completing practicum hours during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. This is in addition to on campus class on Wednesdays and your other classwork. Most students find it very difficult to maintain a regular work schedule during this time. Some find the weekend option or a PRN position most helpful.


If you move to Iowa for the sole purpose of being a student, you will pay non-resident tuition. The University of Iowa Registrar’s Office can assist you in determining what you would need to do to be eligible for resident tuition. Please see the following URL for information regarding residency as well as contact information: http://registrar.uiowa.edu/tuition-residency

 

Contact

Daniel CrawfordDaniel Crawford, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CNE
Associate Professor (Clinical)
PNP-PC Program Director
daniel-j-crawford@uiowa.edu
319-335-7119

Jennifer CloughertyJennifer Clougherty
Program Advisor
jennifer-clougherty@uiowa.edu
319-335-7021