Just over 1,190 of Oregon's licensed nurse practitioners are currently practicing in Oregon, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012). These APRNs provide care in ambulatory settings, clinics, hospitals and home care agencies. They also represent an important link in the primary care segment of healthcare, helping to fill the gaps between the care patients need and the healthcare professionals who provide it. Oregon NPs also enjoy a high degree of professional autonomy, as they do not need a collaborative practice agreement with a physician to legally practice or prescribe medication.
The mean annual salary for a nurse practitioner in Oregon is over $100,000 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012) , allowing for the possibilities of both professional and financial freedom.
As you research the options for earning your NP degree, it is worthwhile to note that many campuses now offer distance learning, putting a degree at your fingertips, and allowing you to continue meeting the needs of your current work and family responsibilities, while furthering your education. Please request information from all of the schools in our list that offer programs you are interested in, so that you can make a well informed decision about which program is right for you. Some of the top NP programs in Oregon include:
- Oregon Health & Science University. Located in Portland, Oregon Health & Science University offers a unique Family Nurse Practitioner program. Students can choose a two-year option that culminates in a master's degree and eligibility for certification as a FNP. Or, students can attend for three years and receive their master's degree on their way to a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Beginning in 2015, The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) will require all nurse practitioners to have a DNP to practice as an advanced practice nurse.
- Portland University. Portland U has phased out their master's-level nurse practitioner program all together and now offers a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a Family Nurse Practitioner focus.
- Georgetown University. Though located in Washington, D.C., Georgetown University offers online NP programs that are accessible to nurses in Oregon. Students can select either a Family Nurse Practitioner program or the Nurse Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program. Academic classes are web-based; Georgetown faculty work with students to arrange clinical experiences close to home.