Advanced Nursing Practice DNP

Program Objectives

The DNP program will prepare nurses who will:
1. Practice within an advanced practice nursing specialty in a professional, evidence-based, skilled and ethical manner.
2. Influence health and health outcomes of individuals, groups, and populations through clinical inquiry.
3. Influence health policy and systems of health care in the local, regional, state, national and international forums.

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Coursework – Offered Statewide

DNP Courses are delivered online and through a variety of remote educational technologies. 
Multi-day intensive sessions are held on the Portland campus in some terms to allow for face to face learning. 

The coursework is characterized by a contextual and systematic analysis of clinical phenomena with the intention of optimizing health outcomes.

Students will apply scientific methods to conduct clinical inquiry and translate research evidence into practice. Students will practice at all levels of health care delivery, from individuals and populations to the systems in which health care is embedded.

The postmaster’s program requires a minimum of 46 credits of graduate course work beyond the master’s degree. Upon completion of all required coursework, students will complete an extended practicum residency of a minimum of  9 credits over three quarters. This practice experience will provide an opportunity for students to integrate and synthesize essential knowledge in an area of specialized nursing practice.


The OHSU School of Nursing received full accreditation for the DNP Program from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education in 2010.

For more information about the Doctor of Nursing Practice, please visit the American Association of Colleges of Nursing at