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Oregon RN Programs

Complete list of state approved pre-licensure registered nurse education programs

Earn your ADN degree or BSN degree at an Oregon college

Becoming a Registered Nurse in Oregon

There are a variety of reasons that people choose to become RNs. Registered nursing is a fast paced medical career with RNs being highly sought after. Becoming an RN allows for many advancement opportunities; RNs can become lead nurses or become nurse practitioners. Registered nursing programs can be completed in a short amount of time (2 to 4 years), which is relatively short compared to other professions with similar pay.

The average RN salary in Oregon is $99,410 a year, or $48 per hour. Before a person may become a registered nurse in Oregon they must first complete an educational program, unless they already hold a RN license in another state, in which case they can be endorsed to get a license in Oregon. Either a Bachelorā€™s of Science in Nursing (BSN) or an Associateā€™s Degree in Nursing (ADN) must be earned. The ADN can be completed in two years of study, while the BSN generally takes four years. The BSN and the ADN both require the same fundamental classes about health, biology, and different forms of nursing. Both degrees are acceptable for the educational requirements to become an RN, but those graduating with a BSN degree often will get more classes, and a BSN degree is often required for more advanced nursing positions, such as head nurse. A BSN degree can be earned at universities, and an ADN can be earned through a community college. The state of Oregon has about twenty-five degree programs for becoming an RN.

A license is required to legally practice as an RN in the state of Oregon. To become licensed in Oregon applicants must not have only earned a degree in nursing, but also pass the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX). Before the exam can be taken, the nursing candidate must apply with the Oregon Board of Nursing for licensure, then they will be eligible to register to take the NCLEX-RN exam. The exam is held at different sites and various times that the applicant can find through the state board of nursing. The applicantā€™s test results are given to them through their board of nursing; the results are not sent until after Oregonā€™s board of nursing has received the applicantā€™s transcripts. If the test is passed the applicant is sent a nursing license. If the test is failed the applicant has the opportunity to retake the exam. If the applicant has to retake the exam they must send notice to the Oregon state board of nursing and reapply for the NCLEX-RN and pay another fee.

Associates Degree RN Programs in Oregon (OR)

Blue Mountain Community College

2411 NW Carden Ave.
PO Box 100
Pendleton, OR 97801
(541) 278-5877

Central Oregon Community College

2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 383-7546

Chemeketa Community College

4000 Lancaster Drive NE
Salem, OR 97309
(503) 399-5058

Clackamas Community College

19600 Molalla Avenue
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 594-0659

Clatsop Community College

1653 Jerome
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 338-2436

Columbia Gorge Community College

400 East Scenic Dr.
The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 506-6140

ITT Technical Institute

9500 NE Cascades Parkway
Portland, OR 97220
(503) 255-6500

Lane Community College

4000 E. 30th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 463-5754

Linn-Benton Community College

6500 SW. Pacific Blvd.
Albany, OR 97321
(541) 917-4520

Mt. Hood Community College

26000 SE Stark
Gresham, OR 97030
(503) 491-6701

Oregon Coast Community College

400 SE College Way
Newport, OR 97366
(541) 867-8542

Portland Community College

12000 SW 49th
Portland, OR 97280
(971) 722-4205

Rogue Community College

3345 Redwood Highway
Grants Pass, OR 97527
(541) 956-7308

Southwestern Oregon Community College

1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420
(541) 888-7298

Treasure Valley Community College

650 College Blvd.
Ontario, OR 97914
(541) 881-5947

Umpqua Community College

1140 College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 440-4613

Accredited Oregon RN Schools

See our complete list of qualified RN nursing education programs in the state of Oregon. The schools listed here offer pre-licensure nursing programs that meet the registered nursing education requirements set forth by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Although the schools listed on this page are accredited by the Oregon Board of Nursing and approved by the state of Oregon, they might not be accredited by national organizations such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Individuals should check to see if the state-approved nursing school they are considering also enjoys national accreditation status if they are seeking a school with both accreditations.

BSN Degree RN Programs in Oregon

Concordia University

2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 280-8600

George Fox University

414 N. Meridian Street, #6273
Newberg, OR 97132
(503) 554-2955

Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing

2255 NW Northrup, Room 304
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 413-8080

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing – Portland

3455 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd. (SN-5S)
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 494-7444

OHSU School of Nursing at Eastern Oregon University

1 University Blvd.
LaGrande, OR 97850
(541) 962-3383

OHSU School of Nursing at Oregon Institute of Technology

3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(541) 885-1339

OHSU School of Nursing at Southern Oregon University

1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 552-8453

OHSU School of Nursing at Western Oregon University

345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR 97361
(503) 838-8385

University of Portland School of Nursing

5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 943-7211

Walla Walla University School of Nursing

10345 SE Market St.
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 251-6115

Resources for Nurses and Nursing Students in Oregon

Oregon Board of Nursing
Oregon Nurses Association
Nursing-Specific Sponsored Scholarships
Oregon School Nurses Association
St Charles Foundation Scholarships
Nurse Practitioner Scholarships in Oregon
Evans Nursing Scholarship
Willesha E. Wade Nursing Scholarship