Doctor of Nursing Practice

The OHSU School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program helps prepare nurses for expanded teaching, research, and 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.

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 advanced nursing practice in a professional, evidence-based, skilled, and ethical manner;
  2. Influence health and health outcomes of individuals, groups, and populations through clinical inquiry; and
  3. Influence health policy and systems of health care in the local, regional, state, and international forums.