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 eight essentials of doctoral education for advanced nursing practice:

  • Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
  • Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking
  • Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice 
  • Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care
  • Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care 
  • Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health
  • Advanced Nursing Practice 

Read more about the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (DNP Essentials) 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

Scholarships available

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

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