Family Nurse Practitioner

Post-Baccalaureate to Master's or Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Family Nurse Practitioner specialty

Nurse practitioners are an integral part of today’s healthcare system. NP’s provide high quality, cost-effective care that results in a high level of patient satisfaction. Nurse practitioners practice in all 50 states and have become recognized and respected members of the healthcare community. Increasingly, people are choosing nurse practitioners as their regular healthcare providers. Family Nurse Practitioners work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, private practices, independent nurse practitioner practices, and schools of nursing.

In Oregon, Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) deliver critically important services especially to rural and medically underserved populations. Family Nurse Practitioners apply advanced knowledge and clinical skills in many facets of health care: providing prenatal care and family-planning services; providing well-child care; obtaining medical histories and performing physical examinations; diagnosing, treating and monitoring acute and chronic conditions; ordering, performing, and interpreting diagnostic studies. In Oregon FNPs practice autonomously, bill independently for their services, and have prescriptive rights.

Students can opt to enroll in the Masters of Nursing (MN) or the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The FNP DNP program includes a combination of advanced practice core, FNP specialty courses and DNP core courses. The DNP degree prepares students for entry into practice as an FNP, with competency in clinical scholarship and leadership. The FNP MN program includes a combination of advanced practice core, FNP specialty courses and MN core courses. The MN degree prepares a student for entry into practice as an FNP. Either option offers a practice focused curriculum that will support the career trajectory for those pursuing expert clinical practice. Graduates of the FNP program are eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurses.;

What You Will Study and Learn

The program emphasizes care that is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and culturally appropriate. In addition to content with a focus on all age groups, the program of study also provides you with in-depth knowledge and clinical experiences in such areas as: advance health and physical assessment, advanced pharmacology and pathophysiology, health promotion, acute and chronic illness management, role development as a primary care, clinician, and reproductive and prenatal care. This course work is combined with 600 hours of clinical practicum experiences in which students will build and strengthen their skills as an FNP. The DNP students will gain additional clinical experience in the clinical practicum intensive during the third year of the DNP program.

Accelerated Bachelor to FNP

The School of Nursing also offers an Accelerated Bachelor’s program to the Family Nurse Practitioner program. This accelerated option allows students to pre-identify their graduate area of interest and enroll seamlessly into the FNP program directly after completing the undergraduate nursing degree to achieve the Master of Nursing or the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. This option is offered at the Portland and Ashland campuses. Students who complete the accelerated bachelor’s degree on the Ashland campus will continue in the FNP program as part of the regional cohort.


FNP Student Photo"I come from a small town where OHSU's reputation of excellence precedes it. Growing up I had big ambitions that one day I would attend OHSU. Getting accepted to the FNP program and completing my first year has cultivated my understanding of advanced practice nursing and has better prepared me for my future role in health care. The FNP program has far exceeded my expectations and I am sincerely grateful for my time at this institution."

Rebecca Fernandez, current FNP student

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For program specifics, Student Learning Outcomes and detailed school information, check out the School of Nursing Catalog/Student Handbook.