School of Nursing

FNP Distance Program

Become a part of our distance program

In Oregon, Family Nurse Practitioners deliver critical 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 your education is of the highest quality and prepares you for independent practice, which is essential for clinicians in rural areas. The distance program allows students to connect with fellow students in the region; the regions are Western Oregon in Monmouth, Eastern Oregon in La Grande, and Southern Oregon in Ashland and Klamath Falls.

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 visits up to twice a month. Travel is minimized during the winter term. Attendance of intensive sessions often incorporates hands-on skills training (i.e., simulation, medical procedures) 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 uses a quarter system as an Oregon state institution of higher learning.

To learn more about each campus, including hearing from students and faculty, view a Campus Tour video below.

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

  • 100% first-time pass rate for FNP board certification
  • 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 are set up by the 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 students, 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 a high faculty-to-student ratio
    • Cohort of less than 25 students
    • Faculty: student ratio of 1:3 (for each year's cohort)
Course Catalog

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

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FNP Distance Program Q&A with the Assistant Director of Admissions and Associate Professor Cindy Perry

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FNP campus tour videos

Dive deeper into each FNP Distance program with our campus-specific tour videos; hear from students and faculty members directly to learn what makes each campus unique and special.