School of Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner FAQs

Tell me about the faculty.

We recognize that the faculty are what make a program and its learners succeed!. We are proud to say that we have experienced FNPs-educators-scientists who are on our faculty who work hard to ensure your training prepares you well for the challenges and rewards inherent in being an FNP. Our faculty use innovative teaching strategies to engage you actively in your own learning, including through simulation and interprofessional education

What is the faculty to student ratio? Does faculty have recent clinical experience?

We currently have 7 faculty dedicated to the FNP program all of whom are experienced and board certified; the majority divide their between clinical practice and teaching. With a class size between 22-28 students, that is a ratio that ensures you and your faculty will get to know each other well. You are not just a number here!

Tell me about what to expect in terms of clinical experience as an FNP student; Do I need to find my own preceptors when I start to train in the clinical sites? Where are clinical sites?

We know getting qualified preceptors is one of the most difficult parts of nurse practitioner training. Fortunately, our team includes a full time clinical coordinator who works closely with the faculty to get our learners the training they need to become qualified and effective FNPs. We assess what the student’s clinical experience has been throughout the quarter and determine what their learning needs are. Then we work to find a clinical site that will address those clinical learning needs.
Clinical sites include private offices, nurse practitioner owned practices, large health institutions, migrant and Indian Health Centers and county health departments. They are typically located within 15-60 minutes of the student’s regional campus; rarely, a maximum travel of 2 hours to clinical site may be required.


How do your students do on their board certification exams? Finding employment after graduation?

We have had a 100% first-time pass rate for national board certification exams for the last 6 years. Employers and preceptors alike indicate a preference for working with OHSU students/new graduates, often describing their level of preparation and professionalism as the reason.  

What does Distance Education Delivery for FNP-Ashland or LaGrande campus mean?

OHSU SON has campuses in Ashland and LaGrande (regional campuses). Students accepted into the OHSU FNP program who are based out of these regional campuses usually travel to that campus 1-2 times a week to attend classes or labs. Regional campuses connect with the Portland campus for most courses using a hybrid model including many teaching modalities such as web-based and face-to-face learning. There will be ~2 learning intensives each term with required travel to the Portland campus for all students; these usually entail a 1-3 night stay and are an opportunity for learners from all campuses to network and have fun while they learn.  

Do most students work during the FNP program?

On occasion, students are able to work part-time may be able to work during the program, usually a maximum of 8-16 hours/weekend. We do find that overextension has been the #1 reason students have not passed courses. Once clinical requirements increase, fewer work hours are possible. You will be getting 1,000 clinical hours in addition to a comprehensive didactic content requiring ~40 hours/week of studying. This doesn’t leave much time for self-care and work outside of school. This is the only time you will have to submerge yourself in this level of clinical education moving towards being a competent clinician.

When are the courses and clinical experiences offered?

Courses and clinical experiences are generally day time hours Monday through Friday, with minimal evening lab and clinical times. The faculty strive to cluster classes 1-2 days/week (usually Tuesday and Wednesday) to allow greater access to clinical opportunities.
We also have a rural immersion clinical experience which is coordinated with the others health care professional schools at OHSU to offer an opportunity to further practice in an interprofessional environment. During this 4 week rotation, students stay at their rural site and work 40-50 hours a week and report this as being one of the most rewarding components of their clinical experience.

Is financial aid available?

The OHSU Office of Financial Aid assists students in locating scholarships and loans to cover educational expenses. Nurse Practitioner students are eligible for federal traineeships. Preference is given to students who matriculate full time. A Web site with helpful financial aid information and links to scholarship and aid search engines is For specific information about scholarships and financial aid offered at OHSU, visit the School of Nursing’s financial aid Web page and click on “Financial Aid”. Or, call the OHSU Registrar and Financial Aid office at (503)494-7800 or (800)775-5460. All students are encouraged to complete financial aid applications regardless of income, as some scholarships are not need-based.

When will I find out if I have been accepted into the program after today’s interview?

We will notify applicants once all have been interviewed which will be the last week in February.