The graduate programs in the School of Nursing at the University of Portland prepare nurse and healthcare professional leaders to support individuals, families and communities in transforming systems to attain optimal health and wellness. We are committed to academic excellence through innovative learning and engagement to create an environment that inspires our graduates to practice quality healthcare, lead change, and uphold the values of social justice, integrity and compassion.
Master’s degree programs prepare health professionals with broad knowledge and practice expertise. This preparation provides graduates with a fuller understanding of the complexities of healthcare, the knowledge, skills, and practice experience to impact client and systems outcomes, and to be leaders and evidence-users to transform healthcare practices and healthcare delivery systems.
The Master of Science: Quality and Safety in Health Systems degree emphasizes acquiring the critical knowledge and skills in patient-centered, value-based and outcome evaluation models that analyze effectiveness and efficiency of organization performance (pending approval from NWCCU).
The Master of Science: Innovation in Health Systems nursing degree emphasizes a scientific foundation for professional practice contributing to high reliability organizations, and leading organizations and systems to improve patient, workforce and organizational outcomes (pending approval from NWCCU).
The DNP degree is a practice focus degree with emphasis on a scientific foundation for guiding nursing practice, improving care delivery models, influencing health policy, leading organizations and systems, and engaging in the scholarship of application. The doctoral degree prepares nurse scholars to translate research and transform healthcare through evidence-based practice (AACN, 2006). The University of Portland School of Nursing DNP program prepares the registered nurse who has a bachelor of science in nursing degree to assume the advanced practice role of a family nurse practitioner (FNP). Registered nurses who currently are nurse practitioners retain their specialty and earn the doctoral degree.
This practice doctoral program prepares nurses to provide health services at the highest level of clinical nursing practice.
The University of Portland School of Nursing embraces an integrative health approach with individuals, families, communities, and populations. An integrative health (IH) care approach refocuses care on health and healing, appreciates the complexity of human beings, honors the innate ability of the person to heal, values the relationship between client and healthcare provider, is supported by evidence, and uses all appropriate modalities to facilitate healing.
The School of Nursing graduate programs are delivered in a hybrid delivery format, including online learning, and required on campus deep learning immersions. Clinical practice experiences are arranged in settings serving individuals, families, and populations across the lifespan.