RN to MSN Programs in Iowa

Find Online Master of Nursing Programs in Iowa

There are 31 Master of Science in Nursing Programs in Iowa in our online directory, with 14 programs being CCNE accredited, and zero programs being ACEN accredited. 45% of the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are CCNE accredited.

In Iowa, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) must be accredited by a national certifying body concordant with their specialty (Iowa Nursing Board).

A nursing license granted by the Board of Nursing in Iowa is relatively versatile in terms of relocation: Iowa is one of 32 states currently enrolled in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), an agreement that allows nurses in NLC states to practice in other NLC states without obtaining additional licensure in those states.

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Campbellsville University

Master Online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Website

George Mason University

Master MSN-FNP Website

Norwich University

Master Online Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner Website

Regis College

Master Online MSN, Multiple Specializations Website

Simmons University

Master Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Website

Typical Curriculum for a Master's in Nursing

A full-time student can typically complete a Master of Science in Nursing degree in 2 years, though most schools offer a part-time option. Nursing programs generally require students to complete a core curriculum before delving into the nursing specialty of their choice.

This core curriculum tends to cover topics relating to research methods, foundational theories of nursing roles (including ethical and legal considerations), nursing informatics, healthcare policy, pharmacology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology.

Following these initial semesters of coursework, students will learn advanced material relevant to the track of their choice. The latter part of a Master's in Nursing will likely integrate practical clinical experience with classroom study, allowing students to both learn from and apply their skills to real-life situations.

Nursing Licensure in Iowa

The following types of Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) licenses are recognized and regulated by the Iowa State Board: Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Midwife, Certified Nurse Practitioner and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

APRNs must be accredited by the national certifying body concordant with their specialty, such as such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the National Board of Certification and Re-certification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA), the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), the National Certification Corporation (NCC), or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners in Iowa must be granted prescriptive authority by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Board of Pharmacy Examiners.

Iowa is one of 32 states currently enrolled in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows nurses in NLC states to practice in other NLC states without obtaining additional licensure.

All Accredited Schools with MSN Degrees in Iowa

Allen College
Waterloo
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - School of Nursing
  • The MSN degree at Allen College prepares students to practice nursing in a variety of settings including community service. The professors of nursing practice on a holistic approach to nursing education.
  • MSN - Leadership in Health Care Delivery (Administration) - School of Nursing
  • Graduates of the MSN in Leadership in Health Care Delivery (Administration) possess knowledge and skills to facilitate leadership roles in multiple urban and rural health care settings. Coursework includes the following: organizational theory, principles of leadership and management, communication technology, and more.
  • MSN - Nursing Education - School of Nursing
  • The Nursing Education Track (MSN) at Allen College prepares students to work in settings including the classroom, the lab, the clinical setting, and the online setting. Nurse Educators teach students, staff and other nurses to be safe, skilled, and knowledgeable nurses who will provide high-quality care to their patients.
  • MSN - Community/Public Health Nursing - School of Nursing
  • The Community/Public Health program prepares graduates for roles in education, case management, clinical practice, consultation, research, and administration. Options are available to combine the Community/Public Health MSN with the Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner programs.
  • MSN - Leadership in Health Information Technology - School of Nursing
  • The Leadership in Health Information Technology (LHIT) at Allen College is a 35 semester hour program that provides students an in depth education on interprofessional informatics, clinical decisions and public health informatics.
  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) - School of Nursing
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares graduates to become family nurse practitioners who provide cost-effective, quality, primary care with an emphasis in rural health. The program involves clinical experience, theoretical and experiential learning.
  • MSN - Adult - Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) - School of Nursing
  • The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at Allen College is the only program in Iowa that currently offers this option for graduate study. Graduates work in acute care settings, such as hospitals, and urgent care centers with young adults to death.
  • MSN - Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) - School of Nursing
  • The Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track of the MSN program trains nurses to provide comprehensive psychiatric-mental health nursing care to clients through the life span.
  • MSN - Adult - Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - School of Nursing
  • The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) track at Allen College provides a broad foundation in older adult care with an emphasis on disease prevention, health promotion, and care of adults with chronic diseases and health conditions.
  • MSN - Master's Completion Program for Nurse Practitioners - School of Nursing
  • Allen College offers nursing students a Completion Program for Nurse Practitioner Tracks. Graduates can complete their nursing degrees with courses such as Advanced Nursing, Financing of Health Care, and Health Promotion & Disease Prevention.
Briar Cliff University
Sioux City
CCNE
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program at Briar Cliff University prepares nurses to provide primary health care to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited by the CCNE and course work is completed entirely online.
  • MSN: Nurse Educator - College of Nursing
  • The MSN Nurse Educator program at Briar Cliff University prepares students for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE and course work is completed entirely online.
Clarke University
Dubuque
NA
  • Master of Science in Nursing MSN-FNP
  • Clarke University offers a Master in Family Nurse Practitioner program which prepares nurses to provide primary health care to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited by the CCNE and combines on-line coursework with residency experiences on campus.
  • Master of Science in Nursing MSN-NE - College of Nursing
  • Clarke University offers graduates of its MSN-NE program the skills needed for teaching and leadership positions. This program includes three residencies (two-three days) and online delivery format of remaining courses.
Graceland University
Lamoni
CCNE
  • MSN- Family Nurse Practitioner - School of Nursing
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner program at Graceland University teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage patient-centered primary care and health and illness problems of patients of all ages. This program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MSN - Nurse Educator - School of Nursing
  • The MSN Nurse Educator program at Graceland University prepares nurses to teach in higher education and health care settings. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Mount Mercy University
Cedar Rapids
CCNE
  • MSN - Nurse Administration
  • Mount Mercy University offers a Master in Nursing Administration program for nurses interested in becoming leaders in organizational and administrative roles. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MSN - Nurse Education - Department of Health Sciences
  • The Nurse Education program at Mount Mercy University prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
University of Iowa
Iowa City
CCNE
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Leader - College of Nursing
  • The Clinical Nurse Leader program at the University of Iowa teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage patient-centered primary care and health and illness of patients of all ages. The program is accredited by the CNLA.

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