BCU Offers First Doctorate Program in Western Iowa

06.17.13 DNPPHOTO: Dr. Richard Petersen, pictured left, is the director of Briar Cliff's new Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program, the first of its kind in northwest Iowa.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Briar Cliff University has added a new dimension to addressing health care needs by offering the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, recently approved by the Higher Learning Commission. The first doctoral program to be offered at Briar Cliff and in Western Iowa, Briar Cliff’s DNP will be available to students enrolling in classes for the fall 2013 semester.

The new doctorate for nurse practitioners at Briar Cliff will prepare advanced practice nurses as expert clinicians and leaders in clinical practice in either the family nurse practitioner or adult/gerontology nurse practitioner tracks. The new DNP program also is an innovative and comprehensive way to prepare nurses as policy advocates and educators in the twenty-first century.

“As health care continues to become more complex and challenging, BCU’s DNP degree will give nurses the skills in leadership, information technology, population health, evidence-based practice and health policy,” said Richard A. Petersen, Ed.D., MSN, RN, chair and associate professor and Graduate Nursing Program director.

“Our DNP Program will prepare nurses to meet these challenges and to provide patient-centered, high quality care,” Dr. Petersen explained. “BCU’s DNP is designed to prepare nurses for the highest level of leadership in practice and scientific inquiry.”

Briar Cliff University is a Catholic institution with an enrollment of more than 1,100 students from 31 states and 11 countries. Students are educated in the Franciscan tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and career preparation in an environment of care, compassion and service. 


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