OHSU

Master's in nursing

Program Requirements

The following are the requirements for admission into the OHSU School of Nursing Master's in Nursing degree programs. Please see the international applicant web page for additional requirements if you are a resident of a country other than the United States.

  • Certified Nurse Midwifery
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Health Systems & Organizational Leadership
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nursing Education- Community Health Nursing, Gerontological Nursing or Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 

Prior Degree
It is expected that applicants to the nursing graduate programs have a B.S. with a major in nursing or B.S.N. degree from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

R.N. Status

  • Must be eligible for an Oregon registered nurse license upon application.
  • Must be licensed in the state of Oregon prior to matriculation.
  • May need to have completed at least one year of clinical practice as an R.N. (depending on individual specialty requirements).

Work Experience
Depending on your program of interest, you may need at least one year of experience as an R.N. to qualify. Below is a list of programs that require or recommend work experience:

  • Certified Nurse Midwifery - recommended one year of labor and delivery experience.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner - strongly recommended one year of experience as an R.N.
  • Nurse Anesthesia - required one year of experience as an R.N. in a full-time, adult, critical care, ICU setting. Typically admitted applicants have two to five years of such experience.
  • Nursing Education- recommended one year of experience as an R.N.
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - recommended one year of experience as an R.N.

Grade Point Averages
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Minimum science GPA of a 3.0 (this includes coursework from departments such as anatomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, physiology, etc.) This is not a requirement for the Nursing Education and Health Systems & Organizational Leadership programs.


Statistics

Must successfully pass a basic statistics course with a grade of "B-" or better within five years prior to entry into the master's program. The Health Systems & Organizational Leadership program and the Masters of Public Health program require a statistics course with a grade of "C-" or better within five years prior to entry into the program.

Go to course equivalency guide 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
Applicants to the advanced practice nursing programs (CNM, CRNA, FNP and PMHNP) are required to submit official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores from the general test from ETS.  The OHSU School of Nursing GRE code is 4900.  OHSU recommends a minimum score of 500 in each section (verbal and quantitative) as well as a minimum analytic writing score of 4.0 for the scoring scale used prior to August 2011 or a 144 in the quantitative section, 153 in the verbal section, and a minimum analytic writing score of 4.0 to be competitive.


*Applicants who already hold a graduate degree from an accredited US institution do not need to take the GRE.

Please note that applicants to the Masters in Nursing Education and Health Systems & Organizational Leadership programs are not required to submit GRE scores.

Need help studying? Previous applicants have found this site helpful.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit three letters of reference as a part of the application process, using the electronic reference form located in your Nursing CAS account . OHSU prefers that applicants submit references from the following:

  • A supervisor
  • An instructor
  • A co-worker or other

    Sample of Scholarly Work

    Applicants to the Health Systems & Organizational Leadership program are required to submit a sample of scholarly writing.  This can include a professional work sample that is evidence based, with citations and references, an article you have authored (and if co-authored highlight the sections that you contributed to) or, a paper from your undergraduate program that synthesizes evidence, using citations and references (this should not be a reflection type paper).  If you do not have this type of work to submit, please let us know; we can arrange for you to write an article analysis in response to an article that we provide you.

Applications:

Please visit our applying page for detailed application instructions.