Post-master's to Doctor of Nursing Practice

Program Requirements

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

Prior Degree
It is expected that applicants to the nursing post Masters to Doctor of Nursing Practice program have an Advanced Practice Masters in Nursing degree from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

Applicants hold a non-APN masters in nursing degree wishing to pursue a DNP in an APN role OR one of the following MS degrees would need to apply for the post-baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing practice program.

RN Status

  • Must be eligible for an Oregon registered nurse license upon application.
  • Must be licensed in the state of Oregon prior to matriculation.
  • Must be licensed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner as an Advanced Practice Nurse.
  • Must be licensed as an RN or have a BSN in nursing.

Work Experience
It is recommended that applicants hold at least one year of work experience as an advanced practice RN or as a nurse leader.

Please note students enrolled in this program must be employed at least part-time as an advanced practice nurse or in a nurse leadership role in order to meet course requirements.

Grade Point Average
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit three letters of reference as a part of the application process. OHSU prefers that applicants submit references from the following:

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

Example of Scholarly work

Applicants to the post masters Doctor of Nursing Practice program are required to submit an example of scholarly writing. This can be a published paper, thesis, or research paper used as a part of a course requirement.

Resume or vitae

You will be asked to submit a resume or vitae as part of your application


Please visit our applying page for detailed application instructions.