School of Nursing

Post Master's DNP

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The Post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program is designed to prepare leaders to drive the application of evidence to promote excellence in nursing practice and health care. As a practice-focused doctoral program, innovation and inquiry are central to graduating D.N.P. practitioners prepared in leadership to identify, develop, and evaluate solutions to the most troubling challenges found in clinical practice and health care.

Hallmarks of the D.N.P. Program at OHSU School of Nursing include:

  • A scholarly approach to the discipline developed through doctoral-level coursework
  • D.N.P. program benchmarks
  • The D.N.P. project.

In addition, a commitment to the advancement of the profession is evidenced through leadership and innovation in practice, developed through coursework and the integrative practice immersion reflected by the D.N.P. practicum.

Our Curriculum

The D.N.P. curriculum and practicum are broadly shaped around the ten domains of doctoral education for advanced nursing practice:

  • Knowledge for Nursing Practice
  • Person-Centered Care
  • Population Health
  • Scholarship for Nursing Discipline
  • Quality and Safety
  • Interprofessional Partnerships
  • Systems-Based Practice
  • Informatics and Healthcare Technologies
  • Professionalism
  • Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development

Read more about the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (DNP Essentials) on the AACN website.

Post-master's D.N.P. frequently asked questions

Who is this degree for?

This degree is designed for students who are

  • advanced practice nurses who have graduated from a master’s degree program
  • currently working as licensed providers
  • ready to take the next step in their career to pursue a clinically based doctoral degree.

The D.N.P. degree is a terminal degree intended for APRN’s who are interested in expanding their career goals to practice at the top of their scope and take on additional roles in leadership, education, clinical practice innovation, advanced clinical expertise, and translation of research and evidence into practice.

How long does this degree take?

This part-time program takes two years and will be offered primarily online program. Students will need to travel to the Portland campus only a couple times throughout the program.

Can I still work while doing this program?

The flexibility of our program allows students to continue to work as clinicians.

Can I choose where to do my clinical work?

Students can collaborate with their current clinical practices to develop quality improvement projects for their final project focused on improving health outcomes of the populations and communities they serve. 

Tell me about the program faculty.

Our faculty are all doctorally-prepared practicing clinicians and educators committed to student success and growth.  

We are proud to offer a low faculty-to-student ratio. 

Post Master's D.N.P. at the OHSU School of Nursing

  1. Demonstrate readiness to enter clinical practice via specialty competencies with the appropriate scientific knowledge and considerations for its application to practice.
  2. Apply ethical principles along with the standards of professional conduct to clinical care, research, and education. 
  3. Evaluate emerging healthcare systems and policies that influence the delivery of cost-effective patient care
  4. Generate entry-level practice scholarship through the completion of a clinical practice improvement project based on the principles of improvement science
  5. Model interprofessional communication and collaboration to improve individual and/or population health outcomes
  6. Identify and address gaps in professional knowledge through ongoing reflection to support the principle of life-long learning

Scholarships available

OHSU offers a variety of scholarships that can help fund your education.

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