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