Doctor of Nursing Practice

The OHSU School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program helps prepare nurses for expanded clinical roles.

Program at a Glance

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) represents the highest degree in nursing practice. Graduates receive additional preparation to expand practice in breadth and depth as well as coursework and mentorship to facilitate leadership and practice-related scholarship in their professional career. Implemented at OHSU in 2007, the DNP program builds on the advanced nursing practice masters programs and prepares leaders in a culture of innovation and inquiry. For more general information about the Doctor of Nursing Practice, please visit the American Association of Colleges of Nursing website.
 

Three pathways exist to the DNP

  1. Post Baccalaureate (BS) (BSN) for those who desire to become become an advanced practice nurse and earn a DNP.
  2. Post Master's program for those who already have a Masters degree as an APN or in healthcare management, leadership or administration.
  3. Additionally, a student may choose to earn a second APN specialty and complete DNP.


The Post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare leaders to drive the application of evidence to promote excellence in nursing practice and health care. As a practice-focused doctoral program, innovation and inquiry are central to graduating DNP -nurses prepared in leadership to identify, develop, and evaluate solutions to the most troubling challenges found in clinical practice and health care. In addition to the competencies for the MN degree and specialty, DNP graduates are expected to meet DNP program competencies.

  1. Engage in evidence-based, skilled and ethical advanced nursing practice.
  2. Influence the health of individuals and/or populations through clinical scholarship and advocacy.
  3. Analyze care delivery approaches that influence health policy and/or systems of health care.
  4. Generate practice scholarship to inform evidence-based care delivery.
  5. Model interprofessional communication and collaboration for improving individual and/or population health outcomes.
  6. Address gaps in professional knowledge and experience through ongoing self-reflective practice and independent learning activities.