School of Nursing

FNP Distance Program

Become a part of our distance program!

In Oregon, Family Nurse Practitioners deliver critically important services, especially to rural and medically underserved populations. Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) apply advanced knowledge and clinical skills in many facets of healthcare. We commit to working with you to advance your education and career goals. 

Recognizing those in rural areas typically need to obtain their education while meeting other obligations in their communities (i.e. for work and/or family), we use technology and innovation to allow you to complete coursework in your home as much as possible. At the same time, we work to ensure the education you receive is of the highest quality and prepares you for independent practice, essential for clinicians in rural areas.

Distance students will be required to travel to one of the regional campuses. Travel varies according to term and specialty program; some terms require no travel and others may require up to biweekly visits. Travel is minimized during winter term. Attendance of intensive sessions often incorporate hands-on skills training (i.e. simulation, medical procedures) are on the Portland campus approximately once per term*, usually a maximum of three days. Our commitment to transparency and communication about delivery methods and required travel includes having schedules available three months in advance.

*OHSU, as an Oregon state institution of higher learning, uses a quarter system.

Why you should get your FNP degree at the OHSU School of Nursing

  • 100% 1st-time passing rate for FNP board certification (since implementing new curriculum in 2014)
  • All OHSU Family Nurse Practitioner graduates have been employed within six months after graduation, typically within 3 months
  • Experienced, FNP board-certified faculty who are active and up-to-date in clinical practice
    • Supportive faculty with high standards for clinical competence
  • Effective, engaging, and interactive classroom and online teaching methods
    • Clinical simulation practice with "standardized patients" (professionals--often actors- trained in various patient scenarios)
  • Multiple hands-on training sessions for clinical procedures (joint injection, suturing) in modern bio-skills lab
  • Preceptor sites and clinical experience is set up by OHSU clinical coordinator 
    • Frequent communication with clinical preceptor with a minimum of once quarterly face-to-face clinical site visits by faculty 
    • Work closely with student, preceptors, and faculty to assess and address unmet experiential needs 
    • Preceptors are board-certified and OHSU vetted FNPs, PAs and MDs
  • Clinical preceptorships in community health, family practice, and urgent care clinics in urban and rural settings 
  • Small class size with high faculty-to-student ratio
    • Cohort of less than 25 students
    • Faculty: student ratio of 1:3 (for each year's cohort)

FNP student highlight

FNP Student Highlight

McKinely Dennis, Family Nurse Practitioner student spoke with us about why she chose OHSU. She said, "I chose to attend OHSU for my FNP education because it is a renowned program at the only academic health center in the state of Oregon. I have a special interest in primary care in a rural health setting. With the opportunity to apply for the Scholar's for a Healthy Oregon Initiative scholarship at OHSU, it's allowing me the opportunity to make a difference to how healthcare is delivered in an underserved community in Oregon after graduation."

In addition, McKinely liked the flexibility of the program. She said, "The FNP program offers either face to face or online didactic course work which allows for flexibility to those outside the Portland metro area. Distance student or not, the mandatory face to face sessions (a couple times per year in a location near your home) allow for hands on collaboration, networking, and relationship building with people in your cohort who you share similar goals with."

Course Catalog

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