Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs

  • The Iowa Health Professions Tracking Center

    The Iowa Health Professions Tracking Center, operated by OSCEP, maintains continuous inventories of Iowa's major health professions:

                • physicians 
                • pharmacists
                • dentists
                • physician assistants
                • advanced practice nurses

    Established in 1977, the Iowa Physician Information System served as the model for the creation of the other health professions tracking systems. In 1994, the Iowa General Assembly approved the Primary Care Initiative, a state supported program designed to augment the state’s efforts to produce primary care doctors. In FY 1995, the Primary Care Initiative was expanded and part of the funds were designated for the purpose of establishing and operating the Iowa Health Professions Inventory, a database for continuous tracking of Iowa’s health professions workforce.

    Theresa Dunkin
    Division Director

     The Iowa Health Professions Inventory (IHPI)

    The Iowa Health Professions Inventory, contains demographic, educational, and professional information for over 11, 000 actively practicing Iowa health care providers. The inventory characterizes the health care workforce (e.g., age, gender, and worksite), monitors trends, and facilitates research on the state’s health care workforce. Its benchmarking capacity enables users to track changes in supply and geographic distribution over time. The tracking system is monitored and updated on a continuous basis, incorporating changes in the workforce due to deaths, retirements, relocations, and new practitioners entering practice.

    IHPI enables users to chart specific trends, forecast changes in the state’s health professions workforce, characterize the workforce demographically, and gauge the return on the state’s investments in health professions education. 

    Advisory committees for pharmacists, dentists, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants were established to guide development of their respective health professions tracking system. The advisory committees were essential to the initial design and development of the tracking systems. They continue to play an important role in reviewing the data and supporting the user guidelines and policies.

     Iowa Tracking System Advisory Committee Members

     Advanced Practice Nurse Tracking System

    Judith Collins, MA, ARNP
    Iowa Nurses Association

    Brenda Hoskins, DNP, MSN, ARNP, GNP-BC
    Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society

    Diane Hubner, PhD, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC
    University of Iowa College of Nursing

    Kathleen Weinberg, MSN, RN
    Executive Director
    Iowa Board of Nursing

    Kendra Williams-Perez, EdD, RN, CNE
    Professor and Dean, Allen College of Nursing
    Iowa Association of Colleges of Nursing

     Dentist Tracking System

    David Johnsen, DDS
    University of Iowa College of Dentistry

     Galen Schneider, DDS
    Executive Associate Dean
    University of Iowa College of Dentistry

    Raymond Kuthy, DDS, MPH
    Professor, Preventive and Community Dentistry
    University of Iowa College of Dentistry

    Susan McKernan, DMD, M.S., Ph..D.
    Assistant Professor, Preventive and Community Dentistry
    University of Iowa College of Dentistry

     Jill Stuecker
    Executive Director
    Iowa Board of Dental Examiners

    Perry Grimes, DDS
    Iowa Dental Association

     Physician Assistant Tracking System

    David Asprey, MA, PA-C
    Executive Director, Physiciam Assistant Program
    University of Iowa

    Tina Brightwell, PA-C
    Iowa Physician Assistant Society

    Keith Guess, PA
    Board Member
    Iowa Board of Physician Assistants

    Jodi Cahalan, PhD, MPH, PA-C
    Dean, College of Health Sciences
    Interim Chair,
    Program Director Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
    Des Moines University


    Advisory Committee Meeting Booklets



     Each year OSCEP reports to each respective Iowa Tracking System Advisory Committee benchmarks, geographic distributions, access summaries, trends and comparisons.

    2014 Iowa Advanced Practice Nurse Tracking System Annual Report   

    2014 Iowa Dentist Tracking System Annual Report

    2013 Iowa Pharmacist Tracking System Annual Report  

    2012 Iowa Physician Assistant Tracking System Annual Report