Rural Health Track

Rural Health Track within the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice program

The highest degree for those with a nursing practice focus, the OHSU School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides two options (post-baccalaureate and post-masters) for current and future advanced practice nurses who would like to incorporate excellent clinical practice, inquiry, and leadership into their daily practice.

Master’s prepared advanced practice nurses can apply to the Post Master’s DNP program. Offered in a hybrid format, the program is flexible for the working nurse. Courses are provided online and in conjunction with Portland based 2-4 day intensives once a term. Current bachelor prepared nurses who want to become advanced practice nurses should apply to the post baccalaureate DNP program.
Bachelor’s prepared nurses can apply for the Post Baccalaureate specialties in Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery, or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Midwifery courses are offered in a campus based format in Portland. 

Rural Health Track Option

The Rural Health track provides nurses with the education necessary to face the unique challenges and meet the specific demands of rural practice through an interprofessional collaborative curriculum that includes specific coursework and culminates with a 9-month clinical residency and an in-depth clinical inquiry project.

The Rural Health Track Option is designed for nurses involved in or interested in advanced practice roles in rural communities and is open to CNS, PMHNP, FNP and Postmaster’s DNP students. The DNP program in these areas is available statewide.

Shaping the Future

By choosing the Rural Health Track Option, you will not only be gaining the skills necessary to meet the complex an challenging demands of rural practice, you will also help re-shape, and revitalize the future of primary and mental health care in rural settings. Your innovative ideas and experiences will be critical to developing this exciting new option for yourself and future generations of Rural Health Track students.


 Looking for prerequisite information? Learn more on the prerequisite requirements page.