OHSU

Post Baccalaureate Pathways

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The role of the nurse is expanding into new leadership roles and clinical arenas. In order to keep pace with the changing scope of practice, the OHSU School of Nursing provides a pathway for those with a bachelor degree in nursing to receive an advanced practice nursing specialty on the way to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.  Called the post baccalaureate option this is a degree pathway designed for those who would like to gain advanced practice nursing credentials and skills while seeking the Doctorate of Nursing Practice.


Advanced practice specialties are available in:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Acute and/or Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (expected Fall 2014)

Designed as the highest degree for those with a nursing practice focus, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides options for future nurse practitioners to incorporate excellent clinical practice, inquiry, and leadership while focusing on a specialty area. This is a three year, full time program with specific prerequisites needed prior to matriculation. Advanced practice nursing courses are offered at the OHSU Portland campus. Review the specialty specific pages to get more information about the pathway that is right for you.

The DNP may be earned through two post-baccalaureate avenues, according to the applicant's previous level of education:

1) The accelerated baccalaureate to PMHNP or Nurse-Midwifery (MN/DNP) program requires a bachelor's degree in a related field, and acceptance into the PMHNP or Nurse Midwifery program. Successful program progression includes: earning the BS degree in nursing and obtaining RN licensure, earning the MN degree in the PMHNP or NMW specialty (previously described) and completing benchmarks that include obtaining pertinent national certification and state licensure, before completing the final year of courses, practicum, and project to earn the DNP degree.

Accelerated baccalaureate degree
Master's degrees


2) The post-baccalaureate program (MN/DNP) requires a bachelor's degree in nursing and RN licensure. Successful program progression includes earning the MN degree in an advanced practice specialty (previously described) and completing benchmarks that include obtaining pertinent national certification and state licensure, before completing the third year of courses, practicum, and project to earn the DNP degree.

Master's degrees