DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner Program

This program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or a master's degree in nursing seeking the DNP degree and preparation as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). The FNP is a health care professional who is prepared to work independently, and collaboratively with other health care professionals, diagnose and manage acute and chronic health conditions, and promote health and wellness to families and individuals of all ages. 

Program Information 

Program Highlights

  • 1,020 hours of clinical experience
  • Intentionally small cohorts that allow for personalized attention from faculty
  • Focus on integrative health
  • Option to add a focus on palliative care (3 credits)
  • Practice independently in a variety of primary care health environments
  • Translate best evidence into practice
  • Demonstrate leadership in macro and micro health care systems
  • Proactively strive for social justice
    • Actively address health disparities
    • Function with cultural humility as practitioners who relate effectively with diverse and underserved individuals, families, and populations

Admission Information

  • The application to begin the DNP-FNP program in Summer (May) 2024 is available. Applications for Summer 2024 entry will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 1, 2024.
  • No library, technology, application or distance learning fees.
  • Inquire about our Providence Employee tuition discount.
  • Consider applying to the Oregon Nurse Corp Fellowship program as well!

Contact Us

Interested in the DNP-FNP program? Looking for more information?

  • Email the School of Nursing & Health Innovations at
  • Call the School of Nursing & Health Innovations at 503.943.7211


The University of Portland’s DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program meets the state educational requirements for FNP licensure in Oregon, California, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii, Texas, Georgia, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, North Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, and Florida. The University of Portland has not determined whether the program meets the FNP licensure requirements for other states but can do so on a case by case basis. Please contact Stacey Boatright at if you have questions about a state not listed above.

The University of Portland is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to conduct practice experiences in the state of Washington for the DNP-FNP program.