Doctorate Program

Prepare to Lead

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in the School of Nursing at the University of Portland prepares nurses and health care 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 health care
  • Lead change
  • Uphold the values of social justice, integrity and compassion

Integrative Health Approach

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 health care provider, is supported by evidence, and uses all appropriate modalities to facilitate healing.  

Interdisciplinary Hybrid Program

The doctoral degree is delivered in a hybrid delivery format, including online courses, and required on campus weekend learning immersions once per month. Clinical practice experiences are arranged in settings serving individuals, families, and populations across the lifespan.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree

The DNP degree is a practice-focus degree with emphasis on:

  • Scientific foundation for guiding nursing practice
  • Improving care delivery models
  • Influencing health policy
  • Leading organizations and systems
  • Engaging in the scholarship of application
The doctoral degree prepares nurse scholars to translate research and transform health care through evidence-based practice (AACN, 2006). 

Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs

DNP in the Clinical Setting


The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree prepares students to be family nurse practitioners (FNP) at the doctoral level. The FNP is a health care professional who is prepared to work independently, and collaboratively with other health care 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 76 credits in length. 

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NP to DNP Program

This practice doctoral program prepares nurses to provide health services at the highest level of clinical nursing practice. Registered nurses who currently are nurse practitioners retain their specialty and earn the DNP degree. This NP to DNP program is 40 credits. Full time coursework is completed in 5 semesters.

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DNP Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program

The Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) track in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program allows for advanced training in geriatrics and palliative care. It's a three-year, nine semester post-baccalaureate program of study.

  • Hybrid program: Online learning & on-campus weekend learning immersions once per month
  • Prepares graduates to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-BC) board certification examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). 

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