January 19, 2019
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School Profile: University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is the oldest university and one of the most prominent colleges in the state. Less than two months after Iowa became a state, its constitution called for the formation of its first official college. Though founded in 1847, the campus did not open for classes until 1855. It used the name the State University of Iowa and offered classes through nine different departments. The university later took on the shortened name that it still uses today. Its main campus is in Iowa City, but it also operates the Iowa Center for Higher Education in Des Moines. Classes meet on the former campus of the AIB College of Business.

Both ARWU and U.S. News & World Report rank the University of Iowa as one of the top 100 American colleges, and U.S. News & World Report rank its graduate school within the top 25 of all graduate schools in the United States. The same publication calls its nursing school one of the top 25 in the nation too. Also known as U of I and Iowa, the university has a strong reputation as fun place to study also. Both Princeton Review and Playboy called Iowa one of the country’s top party colleges.

University of Iowa Accreditation Details

Though you might think accreditation is something you only focus on as an undergrad, it’s just as important when you reach the graduate level of study. Regional accreditation ensures that you can apply for financial aid when needed and that you can transfer credits into a doctoral program or into another graduate program. The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS) granted regional accreditation to the University of Iowa, which means that it can award degrees to its graduating students. The university also has specialty accreditation for its seven engineering programs from the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology, Inc. (ABET) and from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for its English language program. Iowa also has accreditation from a number of other organizations for some of its other programs, including:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Council on Education for Public Health

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

Planning Accreditation Board

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

National Association of Schools of Music

Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System

University of Iowa Application Requirements

More than 30% of students attending the University of Iowa enroll in one of its grad programs, but all those students must complete the online application before enrolling. You need to create an account with a valid email address and select a password. Each time that you log into the application system, you’ll use this information. The university will only accept students who have a 3.0 GPA and a degree from a college or university with regional accreditation. If you apply to one of the nursing programs, you must have a nursing degree. The department will ask for information about your nursing license too.

The basic online application features several distinct sections. You need to fill out one section on general background information such as your name, where you live and your social security number. A second section covers the college(s) you attended and your grades. You’ll also need to complete a section about any professional experience you might have. Once you file the application, Iowa will email you a new user ID and password that you can use to log into the site and view the status of your application. You may need to provide the university with other information, including a personal statement, letter(s) of recommendation, resume, transcript and/or test scores.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The estimated cost of completing the Iowa graduate nursing program depends on whether you are an Iowa resident or a nonresident. A resident is a student who lived in Iowa for at least one full year before starting classes. Tuition for residents is just over $17,000 a year, and nonresidents pay a little over $34,100 a year for both tuition and fees. Iowa estimates that its students pay around $650 a year for textbooks and more than $15,000 a year for all other living expenses.

The University of Iowa has fellowships and assistant programs available to all graduate students. Both of these programs can cover your total tuition, and many come with a stipend to help you cover your living expenses too. Fellowships typically require a high level of research, but working as an assistant lets you lead classes and work with undergrads. The university also offers a number of jobs that let grad students make money during the school year. Filling out the FAFSA helps the university decide in you qualify for any federal loans. You may receive unsubsidized loans from the federal government or have access to PLUS loans.

Clinical Nurse Leadership and Nursing Administration

The University of Iowa offers a graduate program in nursing for students who have a degree in nursing at the undergrad level. Called the Master of Science in Nursing in Clinical Nurse Leadership, it also goes by the abbreviation of MSL: CNL. This program includes 39 credits of traditional classes and 535 hours of practical experience. You must take at least 12 classes, including clinical nurse leader seminar, evaluating evidence for practice, physiology, health promotion and leadership in the microsystem. Iowa designed the program in a little over three years. You’ll also spend at least one semester working on your degree too. It includes a clinical immersion that you take during your final year that requires you spend at least 400 hours working in the field.

Its College of Nursing also offers a Nursing Administration DHP or doctoral program. This program is open to those who have an MSN and those who studied another subject outside of nursing, and Iowa offers it as a full-time or part-time program. You must take 37 credits of courses and complete a minimum of 640 hours of fieldwork. It includes classes on financial management, quality and safety, clinical decision making, epidemiology and executive leadership. You’ll also complete a final project that includes both research and fieldwork. The University of Iowa designed this advanced nursing program for students to finish in right around three years or seven semesters of full-time study.

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