Program at a Glance
The Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) represents the highest degree in nursing practice. Graduates receive not only additional clinical preparation designed to expand practice in breadth or depth, but also coursework and mentorship to facilitate leadership and clinical inquiry in their professional career. The DNP program was implemented at OHSU School of Nursing in 2007 and celebrated its first graduates in 2009. The DNP program educates nurses prepared in advanced practice nursing (NP, CNM, CRNA, and CNS) or organizational/health systems to provide leadership in clinical inquiry, policy, and innovation in health care. The DNP program builds on the advanced practice nursing masters programs and prepares leaders in a culture of innovation and inquiry. For more information about the Doctor of Nursing Practice, please visit the American Association of Colleges of Nursing website.
The DNP offers two foci: an advanced practice clinical focus and a health systems/organizational leadership focus. The clinically focused DNP prepares expert clinicians in the critical analysis of ethical and equity concerns as well as health systems and policy in order to optimize health outcomes. The health systems focused DNP prepares organizational leaders to engage in contextual and systematic analysis of clinical phenomena in order to optimize health systems in the delivery of high quality care. The spirit of innovation and inquiry is foundational to graduating DNP practitioners prepared in leadership to identify, develop, and evaluate solutions to health care’s most troubling challenges. In addition to the competencies for the MN degree and specialty, DNP students are expected to meet DNP program outcomes. Accordingly, the DNP graduate is prepared to:
- Engage in advanced nursing practice in a professional, evidence-based, skilled, and ethical manner;
- Influence health and health outcomes of individuals, groups, and populations through clinical inquiry; and
- Influence health policy and systems of health care in the local, regional, state, and international forums.