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Oregon Nurse Practitioner Certification

The Oregon State Board of Nursing regulates NPs in the state of Oregon. NPs independently provide primary care in at least one specialization and scope of practice. As an Oregon NP, you may be classified as an adult, nurse–midwife, family, geriatric, neonatal, pediatric, psychiatric/mental health, or women’s healthcare nurse practitioner.

Oregon NPs may diagnose patients and treat those who have already been diagnosed. They may provide care from the outset of illness, including comprehensive care; take medical histories; provide physical exams; order labs and other diagnostic tests and procedures; interpret diagnostic tests; treat patients; and establish management plans for caring for patients with acute and chronic illnesses or diseases. Oregon NPs may obtain the authority to prescribe or dispense mediations within the scope of their practice from a formulary approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

In order to become an NP in Oregon, you must hold a valid, unencumbered Oregon RN license. If you do not hold one but are qualified to do so, you may submit your application and move through the approval process for your RN and NP simultaneously. To become an NP, you must complete an advanced level of study and earn at least a master’s degree in one of the areas of specialization previously described. Your master’s degree must be earned from an NLNAC or CCNE-accredited institution and meet the requirements prescribed by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Two schools within the state that offer these programs include University of Portland and Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing.


You may also choose to pursue your master’s degree from an online school. Approved online programs are equivalent to campus-based programs. Faculties of online schools arrange clinical sites in the local area of students, so that the clinical component of the program may be fulfilled. Some of the online programs are provided by: Drexel University, Kaplan University, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Grantham University, and University of Cincinnati. If you are interested in studying online, check with the Oregon State Board of Nursing for a list of approved online schools.

Oregon NPs do not need to obtain national certification and having national certification is not accepted in lieu of the educational requirements.

The average salary for an NP in the state of Oregon is $85,000. Of course, salaries will vary widely based on location, area of specialty, experience, and other factors.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014