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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Registered Nurse with a BSN seeking the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree?

Our doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree prepares students to be family nurse practitioners (FNP) at the doctoral level. The FNP is a healthcare professional who is prepared to work independently, and collaboratively with other healthcare professionals, to diagnose and manage acute and chronic health conditions, and promote health and wellness to families and individuals of all ages. This practice doctoral program prepares nurses to provide health services at the highest level of clinical nursing practice. The DNP-FNP program is 78 credits in length. 

Successful completion of this program qualifies graduates to take the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination or the American Nurses Credentialing Center Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination

Program Highlights

  • 1000 hours of hands-on clinical experience
  • Integrative health approach to practice
  • Intentionally small cohorts that allow for personalized attention from faculty
  • Full-time coursework completed in 9 semesters
  • Online learning & on campus deep dive learning immersions
  • Program Outcomes

Supplemental Materials:

BSN-FNP SAMPLE Program of Study

Graduate Program Weekend Immersion Calendar


Already a nurse practitioner (NP) seeking the DNP degree?

Registered nurses who currently are nurse practitioners retain their specialty and earn the DNP degree. This NP to DNP program is 45 credits. Full time coursework is completed in 5 semesters.

Program Highlights

  • Core doctoral courses
  • 2 year program of study
  • Small cohorts that allow for personalized attention from faculty
  • Integrative health approach to practice 
  • Program Outcomes

The NP to DNP curriculum is structured to assist students in meeting:

Supplemental Materials:

NP to DNP SAMPLE Program of Study

Admission Information

  • The application to the doctor of nursing practice program for the summer 2018 cohort opened in September 2017.
  • BSN to DNP applicants must be Oregon or Washington residents.
  • NP to DNP applicants accepted nationwide.
  • Admission requirements can be found on the Graduate School website.
  • No library, technology, application or distance learning fees.
  • Inquire about our corporate tuition discount.
  • Apply to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the following deadline:
    • May 1, 2018

Contact Us

Interested in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program? Questions? Looking for more information?

  • Email the School of Nursing at
  • Call the School of Nursing at 503.943.7211
Chris Silva

Chris Silva DNP Preceptor

"Chris Silva, DNP, FNP-C, is a full-time practicing clinician at Western Oregon University in the Student Health and Counseling Center. Dr. Silva received his BSN in 1998, MSN in 2004, and DNP in 2011. Originally from the East Coast, Dr. Silva has practiced as a family nurse practitioner in Maine, Alaska, Washington State, and Oregon in a variety of settings including primary care, urgent care, and now student health. Dr. Silva taught full-time for the University of Portland previously, and is now an adjunct professor. He enjoys teaching students, especially in the clinical setting where information learned in the classroom is implemented in "real life" situations. When not working, Dr. Silva enjoys spending time with his family and friends, volunteering at a local animal shelter, and traveling."

CCNE SealThe bachelor's and doctoral programs at the University of Portland School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.