A steadily increasing aging population means a correspondingly greater need for qualified nursing professionals and thus for quality accredited nursing degree programs in Oregon, as well as throughout the United States. Students seeking to further their nursing career with a more advanced degree in nursing administration can look forward to an optimistic career outlook over the next decade and beyond, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with an above average level of job growth both within the state of Oregon and throughout the country in this healthcare field.

University of Portland

School of Nursing Graduate Education

The University of Portland is a Catholic university, independently governed and guided by the Congregation of the Holy Cross. It serves more than 4,000 students in its various undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The School of Nursing Graduate Education programs prepare current healthcare professionals to further their careers in leadership with positions that will help to transform healthcare systems and achieve the optimum health and wellness levels of all in their community. The graduate degree described below emphasizes the acquisition of critical knowledge needed to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency at the organizational performance level.

Master of Science in Quality and Safety in Health Systems

This particular degree program is designed to be transdisciplinary in that it is geared toward anyone in the health-related industry who is interested in becoming really in tune with the quality and safety issues across all areas of an organization, from patient satisfaction to employee protection. And, as one of the accredited nursing degree programs in Oregon, the curriculum is structured in such a way as to help nurses in meeting the Essentials of Master's Education as put forth by the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

The program consists of a total of 35 credits gained over five semesters, including one summer semester. The interdisciplinary hybrid model allows students to learn directly from experts in the various fields of healthcare, such as CFO's, administrators, and Medicare officers, among others. Courses cover subjects such as safety and quality improvements through leadership, safety and quality improvements through policy, and healthcare delivery performance evaluation and improvements.


• Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

• Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


University of Portland

School of Nursing

5000 N. Willamette Blvd.

Portland, OR 97203-5798


e-mail: fischer@up.edu


Nurses are an essential component of healthcare everywhere and are ideal candidates for advanced degrees in healthcare administration. With the increasing demand for preventative care in the face of an increasing aging population, job growth in the healthcare fields is expected to continue increasing. Seeking accredited nursing degree programs in Oregon and beyond can help put nurses in the forefront of this fast growth.

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