Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Allen College Nursing Programs prepare graduates who meet essential
professional practice standards in a variety of settings and within diverse
communities. These nursing programs build on a foundation of liberal education
with an emphasis on scholarship, experiential and lifelong learning, and
The philosophy and purpose of the nursing program arise from the
mission, philosophy, and goals of Allen College. The faculty values the goals of
higher education and supports the missions of scholarship, practice, and
Nursing is an art and science that is continuously evolving through synthesis
of theory and knowledge from nursing and related disciplines. As a holistic and
humanistic profession, nursing is concerned with the health-related
biopsychosocial, spiritual, and intellectual needs of diverse clients. Caring is
the essence of nursing practice and is actualized in the context of the
nurse-client relationship. Nurses apply the nursing process while using
evidence, critical thinking, and clinical judgment to provide client-centered
care. As members of the health team, nurses collaborate with other health
professionals in the delivery of safe, high quality, culturally sensitive care to
diverse individuals, families, and communities.
The faculty believes in a holistic approach to nursing education,
recognizing the uniqueness of each individual. The teaching-learning
process involves a dynamic interaction among teacher, learner, and environment.
Learning is an active, lifelong, self-motivated process necessary for
professional and personal development. Knowledge, skills, and attitudes are
best transferred using principles of good teaching and a variety of teaching
methods in diverse settings. The Allen College faculty value service to the
community as an extension of learning that fosters the development of a sense of
caring for others.
In concert with the Philosophy of Allen College, the graduate will:
- Practice at the highest level of nursing through integration and application of nursing science in clinical practice, management, and education
- Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to advance quality improvement and systems change
- Apply analytical methods and research to develop best practices and practice guidelines
- Use information systems and technology-based resources to support clinical and administrative decision making and to improve the health care of individuals, families and populations
- Advocate for healthcare change through policy development and evaluation.
- Assume leadership roles in interprofessional collaboration to improve the health outcomes of individuals, families, and populations
- Incorporate a firm conceptual foundation for clinical prevention and population health.
- Synthesize advanced practice nursing knowledge and competencies into the practice role.
Clinical Requirements – Students in a Post-Licensure Nursing Program
Registered Nurses (RNs) in the nursing program must provide proof of current licensure as a registered nurse in Iowa. Licensure reciprocity is pursuant to the nurse licensure compact contained in Iowa Code chapter 152E.1.
According to Subrule 2.8(5) nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person a) who has been denied licensure by the board; b) whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any United States jurisdiction; or c) whose license/registration is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action.
Students must notify the Student Services Office if they are in violation of this code.
Allen College considers admitting applicants living out of state or country.
Applicants and current students must be aware select states require approval prior to Allen College offering online courses and clinical study in those states. Additionally, a state certification or governing licensing board may also require prior approval for an Allen College student to engage in clinical study within the state. Therefore, Allen College cannot guarantee out-of- state clinical or practicum placement. Allen College also cannot guarantee students maintaining residency in a state other than Iowa will be allowed to enroll in online courses.
Applicants planning to maintain residency in any state other than Iowa, and planning to enroll in an online course or engage in clinical study in any state other than Iowa, should consult an admission counselor prior to applying to Allen College.