Chemeketa Community College Nursing Program Review

Salem based Chemeketa Community College (CCC) offers associate’s degree and certificate programs in several academic fields of study including business, education and nursing. The college was founded in 1969 and has its roots as Salem Technical-Vocational School. It was established to meet the higher education needs of local residents.

Chemeketa Community College educates over 12,000 students. An additional campus of CCC, the Yamhill Valley Campus, is based in McMinnville, Oregon. Chemeketa Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Nursing Programs

 The ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) program at Chemeketa Community College is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The Nursing program at Chemeketa Community College is under the Department of Health Care, Dental and Nursing.

Chemeketa Community College Undergraduate Nursing Programs


The ADN program at Chemeketa Community College is a two-year, six-term program which prepares students for licensure through the NCLEX-RN exam. Admission to the nursing program is based on a points system. In the event of a tie, students with “A” or “B” grades in nursing prerequisite courses and residents of the college district are given preference. Upon completion of the nursing program, students are awarded an AAS in Nursing and are eligible to take the National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses, NCLEX-RN, to become an RN. The AAS is a type of ADN for nurses seeking immediate employment, rather than a four year degree.

LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)

Students in the nursing program at Chemeketa Community College have the option of becoming an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse). Upon completing 53 credits of the nursing program, students may opt to receive a Practical Nursing certificate. Students who choose the LPN route are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Nursing Assistant

The Nursing Assistant program at Chemeketa Community College is divided into 2 areas, CNA 1 and CNA 2, both of which are qualifications for to be a Certified Nursing Assistant. The CNA 1 course can be completed in one term and teaches the basic aspects of being a CNA. Upon completion of CNA 1, students are eligible to take the CNA exam offered by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN). The CNA 2 program focuses on further training in acute care.

LPN to RN (Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse)

The LPN to RN program prepares nurses to complete the final year of education required to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Students in the LPN to RN program are first placed on a wait list and admitted on a space available basis to the second year of the RN program. Admission requirements to the LPN to RN program include a valid LPN license, and a letter documenting nursing employment if it has been more than year since the student has completed their LPN program. Students must complete the NLN ACE Exam (National League for Nursing Accelerated Challenge Exam) if they did not complete the Practical Nursing program at Chemeketa Community College. Upon completion of the LPN to RN program, LPNs earn an ADN and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN to obtain RN certification.

RN to BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

Through agreements with several universities, nursing graduates can make the transition from RN to BSN. Oregon Health Sciences University, the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and Linfield College offer BSN options for students at Chemeketa Community College. Both online and campus-based programs are available. Students may attend an information session at Chemeketa Community College. Students admitted to the AAS in Nursing are also admitted to Linfield College and eligible to concurrently enroll in nursing courses.

Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE,
Salem, OR 97305