Oregon's medical schools offer a range of programs including traditional M.D. degrees, Ph.D. degrees in nursing and studies in alternative naturopathic medicine. Students from around the country head to Portland, Oregon's medical hub. The Oregon Health and Science University, the National College of Natural Medicine and the University of Portland have plenty to offer for students aiming to be their generation's next doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals.
Oregon Health and Science University
Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) grants Oregon's only doctoral degrees in medicine, dentistry and health engineering, offering specialized research programs in a variety of settings from the inner city to the beach. The school also has a combined M.D. and Ph.D. program as well as a joint M.D. and Master's of Public Health. Recently more than 4,500 applicants sought a spot in the elite class of 120 students.
Oregon Health and Science University 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road Portland, OR 97239 (503) 494-8311 ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-medicine/
National College of Natural Medicine
The National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), the oldest accredited naturopathic medical college in North America, aims to blend modern science with ancient healing wisdom. Some of the school's core principles include treating the cause of illness, treating the whole person, using natural methods and encouraging preventative medicine.
National College of Natural Medicine 049 SW Porter Street Portland, OR 97201 (503) 552-1555 ncnm.edu
University of Portland
At the University of Portland, students pursuing a professional medical career may earn a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) or a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) master's degree. According to the university, these relatively new advanced degrees reflect the "changing demands" of U.S. health care. Upon completion of the DNP degree, graduates will have enough scientific knowledge and practical experience to teach at the clinical level.
University of Portland School of Nursing 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. Portland, OR 97203 (503) 943-7211 nursing.up.edu/
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