Becoming an RN in Oregon
The Oregon Center for Nursing has a slogan, “Because Oregon’s Health Depends On It”. What is it that Oregon is counting on for a healthy future? A workforce of highly qualified professional nurses! This isn’t a given. As the RN workforce ages, and as the population as a whole does, the demand for professional nurses increases. This is the premise behind the OCN, a nursing workforce site.
- Earn your RN-to-BSN online from Capella University
- Graduate and Undergraduate Degrees and Postgraduate Certificates in Nursing
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the Registered Nurse
Interested in becoming a registered nurse in Oregon? You can earn RN licensing by completing a degree program that has been approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. The degree may be at either the associate’s or baccalaureate level. If you take an associate’s level course, you will have the opportunity to bridge to a higher degree later. Nationwide, higher levels of education are associated with better patient outcomes.
If nursing is your first degree, there are a number of ADN and BSN programs to choose from. The Oregon Board of Nursing recommends that students ask about transferable credits as well as admission requirements and accreditations. Whichever program you select, you can expect to put in a significant number of clinical hours toward the end of the program. When you have successfully completed the program, you can apply to take the licensing exam, NCLEX-RN.
RN Education & Professional Pathways
The program that you enroll in now is determined by your prior education and licensing. If you have a practical nursing license, you can take an LPN to RN bridge program. There is currently one program in the state, at Carrington University.
If on the other hand, you have a degree in a field other than nursing, you have the option of enrolling in an accelerated program. Post-baccalaureate students at Oregon Health Sciences University and the University of Portland have the option of enrolling in master’s programs. These programs allow them to earn a BSN, and licensing as an RN, en route to a master’s and an advanced practice RN license.
If your current licensing is as a CNA, there are no Oregon programs designed specifically to help you bridge. However, your experience can still be very valuable. Portland Community College reports that an applicant can score a few extra points by having previous experience as a CNA, emergency medical technician, or paramedic.
Registered Nursing Career Outlook in Oregon
In 2010, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing did a nationwide survey of deans of nursing schools. The subject was employment rates of BSN and direct entry master’s students who had graduated in the previous two years. 47% of Oregon’s students had job offers at graduation. Four to six months later, the figure rose to 85%.
These figures will change from year to year. Nursing is susceptible to short term economic issues because some workers choose to pick up more shifts or delay retirement. However, the age of the RN workforce and the age of the population as a whole, are more predictable indicators long term. In 2008, the Labor Bureau predicted there would be 22% growth over the next decade.
In 2011, the Oregon Center for Nursing is reevaluating the nursing situation in Oregon and putting together recommendations for the future.
The Application Process
Applying for a professional program can be a little intimidating. There are more applicants than slots, though the ratio is not as badly skewed as was once thought. The Oregon Center for Nursing reports that many students who are at first denied admission reapply, eventually getting in. Nursing schools have gotten competitive, though, and some more so than others.
Surprisingly, some community colleges can be tough to crack. Portland Community College reported that 73% of those admitted in 2010 had some healthcare experience (including volunteer work). The average prerequisite GPA is perhaps even more startling: 3.9. A majority, but not all, had completed prerequisites in science and other areas.
You will likely want to begin the process early and apply to more than one school. When it comes time to apply for jobs, you can search on the site of WorkSource Oregon, Oregon’s general workforce site.
ADN Programs Approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing
|Blue Mountain Community College|
2411 NW Cardin
PO Box 100
Pendleton, OR 97801
|Central Oregon Community College|
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
|Chemeketa Community College|
4000 Lancaster Drive NE or
PO Box 14007
Salem, OR 97309
|Clackamas Community College|
19600 S. Molalla Ave.
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 657-6958, Ext. 2855
|Clatsop Community College|
Astoria, OR 97103
|Columbia Gorge Community College|
400 East Scenic Dr.
The Dalles, OR 97058
|Lane Community College|
4000 E. 30th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97405
|Linn-Benton Community College|
6500 SW. Pacific Blvd.
Albany, OR 97321
(541) 917-4514 or (541) 917-4511
|Mt. Hood Community College|
26000 SE Stark
Gresham, OR 97030
|Oregon Coast Community College|
332 SW Coast Highway
Newport, OR 97365-4928
|Portland Community College|
12000 SW 49th or PO Box 19000
Portland, OR 97280
|Rogue Community College|
3345 Redwood Highway
Grants Pass, OR 97527
|Southwestern Oregon Community College|
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420
(800) 962-2838 or (541) 888-7340
|Treasure Valley Community College|
650 College Blvd.
Ontario, OR 97914
(541) 881-8822, Ext. 345
|Umpqua Community College|
1140 College Rd., or PO Box 967
Roseburg, OR 97470
BSN Programs Approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing
Oregon Health & Science University – School of Nursing
The Oregon Health & Science University – School of Nursing BSN program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. The School of Nursing undergraduate and master programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.
Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing, Accelerated BS with a major in Nursing, RN to BSN, Accelerated BS to MSN, Part-Time MSN, MSN – (Tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing Education (offered as a Post Master’s Certificate only), Nursing Education with an emphasis in Community Health Nursing, Nursing Education with an emphasis in Gerontological Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner), Post-Master’s Certificates – (Tracks: same as MSN w/ addition of gerontology and nursing education
Oregon Health & Science University – School of Nursing, 3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239
University of Portland – School of Nursing
University of Portland – School of Nursing BSN program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. The University of Portland School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.
Programs Offered: BSN, MS – AEM UP (Alternate Entry master’s at UP – for students with a non-nursing degree – these students earn an MS clinical nurse leader specialty), MS degree in nursing – clinical nurse leader specialty, RN-MS – (for people with associate degree and have an RN – clinical nurse specialty), Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) – family nurse practitioner specialty
University of Portland School of Nursing, 5000 North Willamette Blvd, Portland, OR 97203
2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211-6099
|George Fox University|
414 N. Meridian Street, #6238
Newberg, OR 97132-2697
|Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing|
2255 NW Northrup, Room 304
Portland, OR 97210-2952
|Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing–Portland|
3455 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd. (SN-5S)
Portland, OR 97239-2941
|OHSU School of Nursing at Eastern Oregon University|
1 University Blvd.
LaGrande, OR 97850
|OHSU School of Nursing at Oregon Institute of Technology|
3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(800) 422-2017 or (541) 552-6226
|OHSU School of Nursing at Southern Oregon University|
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
|OHSU School of Nursing at Western Oregon University|
345 N. Monmouth
Monmouth, OR 97361
|University of Portland School of Nursing|
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203
|Walla Walla College School of Nursing|
10345 SE Market St.
Portland, OR 97216