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Oregon Nursing Universities and Schools with Degree Overviews

Research nursing programs in Oregon, which currently has approximately 25 schools offering programs. Read an overview of degree and certificate programs, tuition info and program options for the 10 largest schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

In the state of Oregon, various universities and schools offer nursing degree programs that can lead to careers as a registered nurse (RN), a licensed practical nurse (LPN), or a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Completion of such programs result in the award of certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's, and even doctoral degrees. Some programs are designed as 'bridge' or transition programs for currently certified nurses seeking to change titles, advance their careers through education, or develop a specialization. All nursing programs include clinical or practicum requirements.


Central Oregon Community College

Bend's Central Oregon Community College provides an RN associate's program, an LPN certificate program, and two CNA certificate programs. Students must complete prerequisite requirements before applying to the RN degree program or LPN certificate program. LPNs can qualify for advanced placement in the RN associate's program and begin as second-year nursing students.

Chemeketa Community College

Based in Salem, Chemeketa Community College provides a BNA-1 program and an RN associate's program. Graduates of the CNA certificate program and RN degree program are eligible to sit for the appropriate licensing exams. Oregon LPNs may transfer into the associate's program as second-year students. In addition, Chemeketa has various partnerships with colleges and universities that allow RNs to transfer into a BSN degree program. Partnering universities for the RN to BSN degree program include Oregon Health Sciences University, the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and Linfield College.

Clackamas Community College

An RN associate's program and a CNA certificate program are available at Clackamas Community College's Harmony campus in Milwaukie. Graduates of the RN degree program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. Additionally, graduates of the associate's program can transfer to Oregon Health Sciences University to earn a BSN. Clackamas Community College requires students to complete 45 credits of prerequisite coursework before enrolling in the RN degree program. Nursing program applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in prerequisite coursework.

George Fox University

George Fox University is located in Newberg and offers a BSN degree program. The curriculum includes liberal arts requirements, in addition to nursing courses and clinical experiences. Students are prepared for work in a variety of nursing specialties, including acute care, obstetrics, pediatrics and cardiology.

Lane Community College

Located in Eugene, Lane Community College offers an associate's degree in nursing program, an LPN certificate program, and an LPN to RN bridge program. Graduates of the nursing associate's degree program are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN. Additionally, graduates may continue their studies and earn a BSN degree through Oregon Health Sciences University that includes online coursework. The LPN to RN bridge program allows currently licensed practical nurses to begin the program as second-year students.

Linn-Benton Community College

Albany-based Linn-Benton Community College provides an associate's degree program in nursing and a nursing assistant certificate program. Associate's degree program coursework is transferable into various RN to BSN degree programs. Individuals must possess valid CPR certification before enrolling in the nursing assistant certificate program. Graduates of both programs are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN and ONACE exams, respectively.

Mt. Hood Community College

This community college, located in Gresham, offers a certificate in practical nursing and an associate's degree in nursing. Students in the certificate program can take some classes online; other coursework is primarily offered at night and on weekends. Typically, students complete the associate's program in three academic years and, upon completion, are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. During the first year of study, students complete prerequisite coursework; the last two years of the program are devoted to nursing program curricula. Additionally, students may pursue a fourth year of study at Oregon Health Sciences University in order to earn a BSN.

Portland Community College

Portland Community College administers an associate's degree program in nursing, which allows graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN. In addition to nursing program coursework, students must complete 45 credit hours of prerequisite classes. Graduates of the associate's degree program in nursing are provisionally accepted into the Linfield College School of Nursing's RN to BSN degree program.

Rogue Community College

Rogue Community College is located in Grants Pass and provides an associate's degree program in nursing, as well as a practical nursing certificate program and a nursing assistant certificate program. All programs prepare students for appropriate state licensing exams. Additionally, all programs require students to hold current CPR certification.

University of Portland

This university, based in Portland, offers a bachelor's degree program in nursing, as well as two master's degree programs and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. Undergraduate nursing students complete general education requirements, in addition to nursing coursework and clinical sessions. Students may choose to earn a master's degree with an emphasis in either nursing education or clinical nursing. The DNP degree program has a family nurse practitioner concentration and accepts individuals with either a BSN or master's degree in nursing.

Career Requirements

In addition to completing state-approved training programs, individuals are required to pass a certification exam in order to become licensed to practice in the state: the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), or the Oregon Nursing Assistant Competency Examination (ONACE).

Below is a comparison of the 10 largest schools in Oregon with nursing programs that can prepare students for licensure.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Nursing Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)
Central Oregon Community College 2-year, public; small city Nursing Assistant Certificate,
Practical Nursing Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing,
LPN to RN program
$3,555 (in-district);
$4,599 (in-state);
$9,135 (out-of-state)*
Chemeketa Community College 2-year, public; midsize suburb Basic Nursing Assistant-1,
Associate of Science in Nursing,
LPN to RN transfer program
$4,230 (in-state);
$11,520 (out-of-state)*
Clackamas Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Nursing Assistant Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
$4,268 (in-state);
$11,918 (out-of-state)*
George Fox University 4-year, private not-for-profit; fringe town Bachelor of Science in Nursing $33,142*
Lane Community College 2-year, public; rural fringe Practical Nursing Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing,
LPN to RN bridge program
$4,047 (in-state);
$9,213 (out-of-state)*
Linn-Benton Community College 2-year, public; small city Nursing Assistant Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
$4,265 (in-state);
$9,313 (out-of-state)*
Mt. Hood Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Practical Nursing Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
$4,841 (in-state);
$10,016 (out-of-state)*
Portland Community College 2-year, public; large city Associate of Applied Science in Nursing $3,766 (in-state);
$8,374 (out-of-state)*
Rogue Community College 2-year, public; rural fringe Nursing Assistant Certificate,
Practical Nursing Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
$4,005 (in-state);
$4,761 (out-of-state)*
University of Portland 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Clinical Nurse Leader,
Master of Science in Nurse Educator,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
$42,288*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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