Nursing DNP


Program Information

Program/Department Chair: Gail Houck

Program length: 3 years postbaccalaureate; 2 years post Master's

Admit by cohort: Yes

Authorized Award(s): Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - (CIP Code: 51.1699)

Minimum number graded credit hours: 54

Minimum acceptable GPA: 3.0 GPA

Program Purpose Statement 

There are three DNP program competencies, based on the AACN (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice:

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


The OHSU School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice program is a practice-based doctoral degree program that prepares nurses to be leaders in innovative practice. Graduates will have the skills to translate, disseminate, and integrate clinical knowledge that will transform the quality of health care. DNP graduates may also seek roles as nurse educators. The OHSU DNP Program focuses on preparing advanced practice nurses, including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse- midwives and nurse anesthetists, who will practice at the most advanced level of nursing. The coursework within the DNP program is characterized by a contextual and systematic analysis of clinical phenomena with the intention of optimizing health outcomes. Students will apply scientific methods to conduct clinical inquiry and translate research evidence into practice. Students will engage at all levels of health care delivery, from individuals and populations to the systems in which health care is embedded.


Student Learning Outcomes Statements

All of our graduates will be able to:

  • Professional competencies—define the values, attitudes and practices that competent nurses embody and may share with members of other professions; nursing care competencies—define relationship capabilities that nurses need to work with clients and colleagues, the knowledge and skills of practicing the discipline and competencies that encompass understanding of the broader health care system. In all cases, the client is defined as the recipient of care, is considered active participant in care, and includes the individual, family or community. Nursing care competencies recognize that a competent nurse provides safe care across the lifespan directed toward the goals of helping client (individuals, families or communities) promote health, recover from acute illness and/or manage a chronic illness and support a peaceful and comfortable death.

The global implicit outcome of the graduate nursing program is to afford students educational opportunities that prepare them to practice in a variety of clinical settings as advanced practice nursing specialist. The Graduate Program objectives reflect a graduate’s ability to balance of theory, practice and research to ensure that they become clinically expert practitioners and are able to utilize research approaches within their practice.