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Nursing Programs in Portland, Oregon with School Options

There are 10 schools in and around Portland, Oregon, that offer training in the field of nursing. To find out which one is right for you, read an overview of the program and admission requirements at 3 of the colleges located within 10 miles of the city's center.

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Portland Nursing Schools

Students interested in entering the nursing profession have a variety of training options in the city of Portland, Oregon, including both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. This article shines a light on the required coursework and focus areas within nursing programs at 3 colleges. It also provides a stats table for quick comparison of the highlighted institutions, in addition to info on a few other schools in the area.

  • Oregon Health & Science University, located just 3 miles from downtown Portland, offers nursing bachelor's and master's degrees as well as a doctoral program in nursing practice.
  • Concordia University - Portland is a Christian university located about 5 miles from the center of the city. The school provides students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing.
  • Situated in southwest Portland roughly 8 miles from downtown, Portland Community College offers an associate's degree program in nursing for students looking to transfer to a bachelor's degree program or to start their careers.

Comparison of Schools

Get specific facts on tuition costs, financial aid and more in the table below. The info it contains on the profiled institutions may help you narrow down your education options and find the one that best suits your needs.

Oregon Health & Science University Concordia University - Portland Portland Community College
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private; not-for-profit 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 2,895 5,125 28,005
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $19,602 in-state; $30,978 out-of-state $30,270 $4,088 in-state; $8,840 out-of-state
% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Grant or Scholarship Aid (2016-2017)* 51% 100% 63%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Oregon Health & Science University

Oregon Health & Science University's (OHSU) School of Nursing offers nursing degree programs at its Portland campus, regional campuses and online. Undergraduate programs result in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. There are multiple graduate programs, including a Master of Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

In order to be accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, students must complete prerequisites. Students with bachelor's degrees in another field can pursue the accelerated BSN program option. For students who are already registered nurses (RNs), OHSU offers an RN-to-BSN option. The regular BSN program takes approximately 3 years to complete.

Master of Nursing

Students enrolled in OHSU's Master of Nursing (MN) program can concentrate in nursing education or health systems and organizational leadership. The MN program takes 2 years to complete and prepares nurses to become nurse leaders and educators. Students are required to have at least one year of experience in nursing before applying to the program. Course and admission requirements vary by specialty.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The DNP program is offered with specializations in nurse midwifery, nurse anesthesia, and nurse practitioner. The focus options for nurse practitioners are family, acute care adult gerontology, pediatric and psychiatric mental health. Students who enter with a bachelor's degree can complete the DNP in 3 years. There's also an accelerated option that combines a 15-month BSN program with the DNP program for students who don't already hold an undergraduate nursing degree.

Concordia University - Portland

The College of Health and Human Services at Concordia University - Portland offers five undergraduate programs, including one in nursing. Students may transfer into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, or they may start in the program as freshmen.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing consists of courses in health promotion, leadership and management, clinical nursing and health care ethics. Students learn nursing techniques for infants, children and adults. In order to complete the degree in 4 years, students may need to complete summer term courses.

Portland Community College

Portland Community College is affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree may complete their associate's degree at Portland Community College and transfer credits to Oregon Health & Science University.

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

Courses in human anatomy and physiology, nutrition and human development are required before students may be admitted into the program. Required program courses include clinical pharmacology, microbiology and pathophysiological processes. Hands-on clinical practice can be obtained from several program courses. Clinical rotations at nearby institutions are required for this degree program.

Other Schools

Nursing degree programs are also available from the University of Portland, located about 7 miles north of downtown Portland; at Linfield College, located a little over a mile west of downtown; and at Mt. Hood Community College, located about 18 miles east of downtown Portland.

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