School of Nursing & Health Innovations

The University of Portland School of Nursing & Health Innovations (SONHI) inspires future nurse leaders and other healthcare professionals through academic excellence to create systems and environments that support optimal holistic health and wellness. The SONHI offers baccalaureate and doctoral degrees. The University of Portland Elsie-Finley Simulated Health Center is fully accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in Teaching/Education.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the doctor of nursing practice program at the University of Portland is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Additionally, the SONHI’s bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) and doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) programs are approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. The SONHI is a member of the Western Institute of Nursing Research (W.I.N.), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (A.A.C.N.), and the National League for Nursing (N.L.N.).

The B.S.N. program is designed to prepare graduates for the practice of professional nursing in a variety of settings. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (N.C.L.E.X.-R.N.), a requirement in all states to obtain professional registered nurse (R.N.) licensure.

The bachelor of science in public health and wellness (B.S.-P.H.W.) program prepares graduates to enhance health, wellness, and well-being among individuals, families, communities, and populations. As health educators, graduates of this program are able to teach public health concepts and guide individuals by providing holistic, wellness-focused education.

The University of Portland School of Nursing & Health Innovations Integrative Health Coaching Program is an Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training & Education Program by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the HWC Certifying Examination to become National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). Students may complete the Integrative Health Coaching Program courses as electives or as post-baccalaureate continuing education students.

The D.N.P. degree is a practice-focus degree with emphasis on a scientific foundation for guiding nursing practice, improving care delivery models, influencing health policy, leading organizations and systems, and engaging in the scholarship of application. The family nurse practitioner (F.N.P.) track prepares graduates to take the national F.N.P. certification exam through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board or the American Nurses Credentialing Center and assume the advanced practice role of an F.N.P.


As a community, the School of Nursing & Health Innovations will actively engage in creating a future where:

  • Today’s students are prepared to solve tomorrow’s problems.
  • Community members overcome adversity through adaptability and endurance.
  • Students are empowered to develop and nurture relationships based on mutual respect that honors differences.
  • Community members advocate for and model wellness and vitality.
  • Innovative health care education programs are informed by the diverse populations we serve.
  • Community members cultivate an environment full of hope, vibrant joy, and beauty.
  • Community members foster imagination, curiosity, and innovation.


The School of Nursing & Health Innovations is a community that transforms the education of health professionals, empowering students to cultivate an equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and just health care system.


As a community, the School of Nursing & Health Innovations values:

  • Academic excellence and integrity
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Innovative transformation
  • Holistic wellness and vitality
  • Professional advocacy and social responsibility
  • Human differences and diversity