School of Nursing

Post Master's DNP

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 course work, D.N.P. program benchmarks, and 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. The D.N.P. curriculum and practicum are broadly shaped around the eight Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (DNP Essentials) found on the AACN website.

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