Oregon DNP Programs

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Oregon DNP Programs

Those who are drawn to the healing and caring aspects of the health care industry, but also want to learn the business and administrative skills of the healthcare industry, may be interested in learning more about DNP programs in Oregon. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree gives students an advanced level of education, resulting in both leadership skills and the knowledge necessary to treat patients in the most effective way possible. Currently, there are two DNP programs in Oregon.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

In the state of Oregon, there are 2 schools that offer DNP programs: Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Portland. The requirements to get into each program are different depending on which program an individual wants to attend and what level of education that person has already attained. Oregon Health & Science University offers pathways for BSN-DNP and MSN-DNP. The University of Portland also offers entry to applicants with a bachelor's or master's degree.

Oregon Health & Science University offers two focus areas for the DNP degree: the Advanced Practice Nursing DNP and the Health Systems & Organizational Leadership DNP. The Advanced Practice Nursing DNP requires completion of 57 post-master's credits, followed by a 12 credit extended clinical residency to be completed over 3 quarters. The second focus area is likely to feature a similar curriculum.

Students at the University of Portland can complete 2-4 courses per semester while continuing to practice as a nurse. The curriculum for post-BSN students consists of 83 credit hours, including 1,095 clinical hours. The post-master's curriculums vary between 49-60 credits.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary slightly between universities, but there are many similarities. Applicants should expect to meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Current RN License
  • Statistics course within the past 5 years
  • GRE test scores, if applicable
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Example of scholarly work
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Current resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS for those who do not speak English as a first language


Tuition varies between the two Universities and differs depending on whether or not the student resides in Oregon. Tuition information is subject to change. Currently, Oregon Health & Science University lists resident tuition at $519 per credit and non-resident tuition at $670 per credit.

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Oregon State Board of Nursing
800 NE Oregon Street, Box 25
Suite 465
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (971) 673-0685
Fax: (971) 673-0684

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Oregon Health And Science University
700 Southwest Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97239
University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203

Oregon Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (OR)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most Oregon DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Oregon DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Oregon, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there are strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Oregon educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the ­Oregon Board of Nursing to find out more about how Oregon recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Oregon schools current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for Oregon Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Oregon, more and more Oregon higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Oregon to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Oregon nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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