School of Nursing

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares advanced practice nurses to provide the highest level of nursing care for individuals and communities.

In doctoral studies, we emphasize consideration of evidence-based practice, effective interprofessional collaboration, and patient safety. Our program promotes quality improvement and innovation in health care systems and policy. We provide mentorship as students develop and implement analytical capstone projects that explore their areas of interest.

Leaders in nursing

Earning your DNP will prepare you for management positions in patient care, faculty positions in education, and executive roles in hospital administration. You will also be prepared for a leadership role in developing and implementing policy.

Flexible scheduling

You can complete the DNP program through part-time study. All courses are offered online, and there are two Saturday on-campus sessions each semester. On-campus components are held on our Portland campus.

At the School of Nursing, you will:

  • Broaden your communication skills and leadership capabilities, guided by expert faculty.
  • Engage in at least 500 hours of clinical residency.
  • Complete a capstone project — focusing on areas such as direct care issues, interventions, health care systems and policies, or programs that influence outcomes for a defined population.
  • Evaluate nursing practices and processes as a means of improving the delivery of care and patient outcomes.
  • Learn to translate research findings into practice for individuals, families, and systems.
  • Develop the tools and experience needed to impact health policy and improve health care systems.

View program requirements and admission information

Please note: Admission to the DNP program is on hold until the Fall 2023 semester.


We offer monthly Graduate Program Information Sessions – meet with an Admissions counselor to discuss your questions. Register Now.

Contact the School of Nursing for program-specific information.

Contact the Office of Admissions for application-related information.