High School Summer Nurse Camp

We regret to announce that  due to the COVID-19 pandemic the University of Portland School of Nursing will not be offering Nurse Camp for Summer 2021. This difficult decision is rooted in our desire to keep members of the community safe and do our part as an institution to stem the tide of this pandemic.

The University of Portland School of Nursing (UPSON) is dedicated to creating access for high school students to learn more about the health care field. We want to increase opportunities in nursing to diverse, low-income, and first generation high schoolers. 

The UPSON Summer Nurse Camp is a 4-day summer program that seeks to foster, affirm, and encourage high school students interested in a career in nursing at no cost to the camper. Campers will be exposed to clinical, academic, community service activities and much more!

Please note: UPSON Summer Nurse Camp is a day camp program. Overnight accommodations are not provided. 


  • You must be 16 years of age by the first day of camp.
  • Demonstrate an interest in nursing.

Summer Nurse Camp Details

Current high school students who are interested in learning about the nursing field and how to get into nursing school are invited to apply to the UPSON Summer Nurse Camp. This is a free 4-day camp that will allow high schoolers to participate in a wide variety of activities including:

  • Shadow nurses in various health care settings
  • Complete CPR certification and HIPAA training
  • Meet with current nursing students, faculty, staff and alumni
  • Tour the campus
  • Meet new friends
  • Learning:
    • Infection control and proper hand washing techniques
    • How to take blood pressure and vitals
    • How to prepare for college and getting into nursing school
    • In the UPSON Learning Resource Center


Unfortunately, applications are now closed. Due to COVID-19, Nurse Camp 2020 has been canceled. Thank you for your understanding. 

How was Nurse Camp?

Alyssa Garvey from McNary High School shares her experience.

Contact Us

For any questions, please email us at nursing@up.edu or call us at (503)-943-7211.