Doctorate Program

Charting the Future for a Strong and Healthy Community

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree prepares nurses and health care professionals to support individuals, families and communities in transforming systems to attain optimal health and wellness.

Program Outcomes

The DNP program prepares competent, entry-level primary care nurse practitioners and experienced nurse practitioners who:  

  1. Practice independently in a variety of primary care health environments, translate best evidence into practice, employ a population focus, incorporate integrative health and/or palliative care perspectives, and collaborate with multiple disciplines with the goal of providing effective, comprehensive healthcare.
  2.  Demonstrate leadership in macro and micro health care system change and personal practice improvement.
  3. Proactively strive for social justice, actively address health disparities and function as culturally competent practitioners who relate effectively with diverse and underserved individuals, families, and populations.

Interdisciplinary Hybrid Program

The doctoral degree is delivered in a hybrid format:

  • Online courses
  • Required on campus weekend learning immersions once per month
  • Clinical practice experiences are arranged in settings serving individuals, families, and populations across the lifespan

Programs

DNP in the Clinical Setting

DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner Program

A family nurse practitioner (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. Graduates are able to sit for the national FNP certification examination through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board or the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The DNP-FNP program has a focus on integrative health and is a 3-year, 9-semester, 76-credit program of study. 

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DNP-Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

An Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) provides acute, chronic, and preventative health services to patients from adolescence through old age. Students in the DNP-AGPCNP program receive advanced training in geriatric and palliative care. Graduates are able to sit for the national AGPCNP certification examination through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board or the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The DNP-AGPCNP program is a 3-year, 9-semester, 76 credit program of study.

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Nurse Practitioner (NP) to DNP Program

The DNP degree prepares nurses to provide health services at the highest level of clinical nursing practice. In the NP to DNP program, registered nurses who are master's-prepared, certified, licensed, and practicing nurse practitioners retain their specialty and earn the DNP degree. The NP to DNP program of study is 40 credits and can be completed in 2 years (6 semesters) of full-time coursework.

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Healthcare Management Certificate

There is great opportunity and potential for growth and career development in the exciting area of Healthcare Management. Our Healthcare Management certificate will provide you with what you need to make a strong impact in this increasingly competitive and complex area.

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Alumni Testimonials

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Jennifer Cortes-Klein, Class of 2020

"I chose the DNP program at the University of Portland because the rigorous curriculum placed emphasis on preparing family nurse practitioners as clinical experts and innovative leaders. As a first-generation Latina, I look forward to being able to serve vulnerable communities by providing an integrative approach to health care and addressing social injustice through systems-level change."

Maya Strom

Maya Strom, Class of 2012

"The DNP program at UP taught me to not settle in my career, to find my own authentic voice and to practice with integrity, intellect and curiosity. I learned essential skills which gave me the confidence to start my own practice. The integrative focus of the DNP program along with the emphasis on providing high quality primary care brought me to where I am today. I now have my own small, holistic integrative practice where I am able to practice slow, gentle medicine; allowing me to make patients feel supported and a true member of their healthcare team." www.mayastrom.com 

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at University of Portland are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)