Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP & DNP-FNP)

Program Highlights: 

  • Curriculum designed to develop leaders who are able to expand their impact on the health of society by improving quality of care, patient outcomes, and health policy
  • Features an integrative health perspective, which prepares graduates as holistic practitioners 
  • Courses are conducted using a blended format of in-person immersion weekend sessions and web-based learning modalities
  • Post baccalaureate students enroll in a 3-year program of study (BSN-DNP) and Post-Master's nurse practitioner students retain their specialty and enroll in a 2-year program of study 
  • Successful completion of the DNP program qualifies post-baccalaureate students to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification examination 
  • Approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing for licensure

For more program specific information, visit the School of Nursing.

Graduate School Application

Non-Nurse Practitioner Admission Requirements:

  • DNP Writing Sample
  • Current Resume
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • The online application will prompt you to provide email addresses for three references.  A request will be sent directly to your references and they can upload a Word document or PDF letter.
    • Alternatively, completed letters of recommendation may be emailed as a signed attachment to gradschl@up.edu or sent via mail to the University of Portland, ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97203, directly by the reference.
  • Official Transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions)
    • Must be submitted directly from the institution 
      • Electronically to gradschl@up.edu
      • By mail to the University of Portland, ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97203.
    • A bachelor's degree in nursing from a school of nursing accredited by an appropriate national nursing accrediting body
    • International Applicants: Transcripts from foreign universities must follow the above guideline as well as be in English or be accompanied by an English translation certified as authentic 
  • Current unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to practice in state of residence 
    • RN licensure in Oregon is recommended 
    • Additional cost may be incurred for clinical placements outside of Oregon
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in the most recently completed nursing program 
  • Preference given to Oregon and Washington applicants with at least 2 years experience as an RN
  • International Applicants: An official score from either the TOEFL (minimum score of 100) or IELTS (minimum score of 7.5) exam is required 
  • International Applicants: Proof of financial support will be required to attend the University of Portland, but is not required for application review

Nurse Practitioner Admission Requirements:

  • DNP Writing Sample
  • Current Resume
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • The online application will prompt you to provide email addresses for three references.  A request will be sent directly to your references and they can upload a Word document or PDF letter.
    • Alternatively, completed letters of recommendation may be emailed as a signed attachment to gradschl@up.edu or sent via mail to the University of Portland, ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97203, directly by the reference.
  • Official Transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions)
    • Must be submitted directly from the institution 
      • Electronically to gradschl@up.edu
      • By mail to the University of Portland, ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97203.
    • A master's degree in nursing from a school of nursing accredited by an appropriate national nursing accrediting body
    • International Applicants: Transcripts from foreign universities must follow the above guideline as well as be in English or be accompanied by an English translation certified as authentic 
  • Current unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to practice in state of residence 
  • Current nurse practitioner license in state of practice and currently employed as a nurse practitioner in a clinical setting  
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in the most recently completed nursing program
  • International Applicants: An official score from either the TOEFL (minimum score of 100) or IELTS (minimum score of 7.5) exam is required 
  • International Applicants: Proof of financial support will be required to attend the University of Portland, but is not required for application review

Application Timeline:

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the following deadline:  

  • Summer Semester: April 1

Program Contact: 

International Applicants: 

  • Please note the additional application requirements listed above in the "Admission Requirements" section
  • For additional information, visit International Student Services