Oregon offers an abundance of career opportunities for nurses, provided that they can enroll in and graduate from an approved nursing program.

In total, there are 24 accredited nursing schools in Oregon that are in our database. There is a mix of different degree levels and different specialty programs, and you should be able to find in-person, campus based classes as well as online classes.

Like many other areas of the U.S., Oregon is beginning to run into problems with shortages of nursing educators, and not enough good nursing programs to accommodate all of their would-be nursing students.

To help offset these issues, Oregon has instituted programs that allow working hospital employees, like unit clerks and other non-medical staff, to go back to stool to become nurses on their employer’s dime. There are also a few other programs in place to help nursing students afford schooling, including scholarships.

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Nursing Degrees by Program in Oregon

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Career Options for Nurses in Oregon

Oregon is a pretty big state. Major metropolitan areas like Portland definitely need their share of nurses, but this shouldn’t be the only area where nursing students focus their attention. While large hospitals can offer things like generous sign-on bonuses, smaller hospitals in rural areas need nurses, too. There are also other sectors of the health care industry in Oregon that are hurting for qualified nurses, including nursing homes, emergency clinics, and colleges looking for nursing educators.

All of these are excellent career opportunities for nursing graduates, and should be seriously considered by any nursing student. Large hospitals may pay well, but they’re also often busy, stressful environments. These other career opportunities can give nurses valuable work experience in a calmer, less hectic atmosphere.

With a state the size of Oregon, there’s bound to be some variation in nursing salaries. A staff RN in Portland can reasonably expect to draw a median annual salary of $67,439. The same position in Eugene pays a median salary of $66,322. Meanwhile, a staff RN in Springfield can expect to earn a bit less, at $61,129. These medians reflect a range of incomes from $50,000, up to the low $80,000s, so Oregon nurses may find that they earn more or less than these numbers would suggest. All figures are from the BLS.

Oregon Board of Nursing

Oregon’s Board of Nursing is the main regulatory and directing body for nursing in Oregon state. This is the place to go for nurses and nursing students that need information on licensing, examinations, renewals, approved nursing programs, industry news, and anything else relating to the nursing industry. The Oregon State Board of Nursing can be reached at 800 NE Oregon Street, Box 25, Ste. 465, Portland, OR, 97232.

Nursing Scholarships & Grants Info for Oregon

Below are a few nursing scholarships and grants for nursing students in Oregon.

Oregon Student Access Commission
The Commission administers hundreds of scholarship programs valued at nearly $20 million for Oregon residents and students.  Nursing students may be eligible for nursing scholarships including the Clark-Phelps Scholarship, the Doyle and Donna Shepherd Scholarship, and the Douglas Community Scholarship among many others.  Each scholarship has individual eligibility and submission criteria.  There are financial assistance opportunities for graduating high school seniors as well as current undergraduate and graduate nursing students.  All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in addition to the Commission scholarship application.  Award amounts vary as do submission deadlines.  For further information, nursing students should contact the Commission at 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401 or call them at (800) 452-8807.

Bertha P. Singer Student Nurses Fund
Undergraduate and graduate nursing students who graduated from an Oregon high school and are enrolled in an accredited nursing program in the state may be eligible for a nursing scholarship from the Fund. Scholarships are awarded based on academic scores and financial need. The Fund typically awards 25 scholarships ranging from $300 to $1,500 each year.  Awards are renewable. Applications must be submitted to the Fund by the end of December or mid-March annually to be considered.  In addition to the application form, students must include a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  For an application form and guidelines, contact the Fund, c/o U.S. Bank, N.A., P.O. Box 3168, Portland, OR 97208.  Completed applications must be submitted to the Fund, c/o Oregon Student Access Commission, 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401.

The Samuel S. Johnson Foundation
The Foundation offers scholarships to undergraduate and graduate nursing students attending an accredited nursing program.  Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and financial need.  All applicants must be at least sophomores to apply.  Award amounts vary. There are no formal deadlines for scholarship requests.  For applications and guidelines, write the Foundation at P.O. Box 356, Redmond, OR 97756.

Oregon Health & Science University
The University’s School of Nursing provides multiple scholarship opportunities for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Scholarships are awarded based on specific criteria that may include the degree being pursued, residency, academic scores, and financial need.  Award amounts vary.  Students must complete the scholarship application and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for a scholarship.  Nursing students can contact the School of Nursing at (503) 494-7444 for additional information on scholarship opportunities.

Walter L. J. Davies Memorial Scholarship Program
Employees of U.S. Bancorp and their children who graduate from an Oregon high school are eligible to apply to this Program.  Nursing students who meet this eligibility criterion can apply for financial assistance.  Scholarships are awarded based on academic scores and financial need.  Award amounts vary.  Applications are due by April annually.  For additional guidelines, contact the Program, c/o U.S. Bank, N.A., P.O. Box 3168, Portland, OR 97208.  Completed applications must be submitted to the Program, c/o Oregon Student Access Commission, 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401.

Holce Logging Company Scholarship Fund, Inc.
The Fund provides scholarships to students who graduated from Vernonia High School, Oregon within five years of application to the Fund.  Nursing students who meet this criterion are eligible to apply.  Scholarships are awarded based on academic scores, personal essay, and letters of recommendation.  Awards range from $1,000 to $3,000.  For further information, contact the Fund at P.O. Box 127, Vernonia, OR 97064.  Completed applications must be submitted to the Fund, c/o Vernonia High School Guidance Counselor, 399 Bridge Street, Vernonia, OR 97064.

Walter C. and Marie C. Schmidt Foundation
The Foundation offers scholarships to nursing students who live in Lane County, Oregon.  Students must be enrolled in an accredited nursing school to become a registered nurse in order to work in geriatric health care.  Scholarships are awarded based on academic scores, personal essay, and career goals.  Award amounts vary, and there are no deadlines for submissions.  Interested nursing students should contact the Foundation, c/o U.S. Bank, N.A., Trust Tax Services, P.O. Box 3168, Portland, OR 97208 or by calling (503) 275-4887.

List of Nursing Schools & Accredited Programs in Oregon

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List of Oregon Nursing Schools

Blue Mountain Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS)
Accreditation: Oregon State Board of Nursing
2411 NW Carden Ave
Pendleton, Oregon 97801
Phone:(541) 276-1260
Website: www.bluecc.edu
Blue Mountain Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Central Oregon Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (AAS)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Licensed Practical Nursing to Registered Nurse (LPN/RN)
Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
2600 NW College Way
Bend, Oregon 97701
Phone:(541) 383-7700
Website: www.cocc.edu
Central Oregon Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Chemeketa Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Accreditation: Oregon State Board of Nursing
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, Oregon 97305
Phone:(503) 399-5000
Website: www.chemeketa.edu
Chemeketa Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Clackamas Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, Oregon 97045-8980
Phone:(503) 657-6000
Website: www.clackamas.edu
Clackamas Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Clatsop Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
1651 Lexington Ave
Astoria, Oregon 97103
Phone:(503) 325-0910
Phone: (855) 252-8767
Website: www.clatsopcc.edu
Clatsop Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Columbia Gorge Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (AAS)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
400 E Scenic Dr
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
Phone:(541) 506-6000
Website: www.cgcc.cc.or.us
Columbia Gorge Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Concorde Career Institute

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (AAS)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Accreditation: Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
1425 NE Irving Street
Bldg 300
Portland, Oregon 97232
Phone:(503) 281-4181
Phone: (800) 693-7010
Website: www.concorde.edu
Concorde Career Institute is a 2-year, private for-profit institution.

Concordia University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, Oregon 97211-6099
Phone:(503) 288-9371
Phone: (800) 321-9371
Website: www.cu-portland.edu
Concordia University is a 4-year, private not-for-profit institution.

George Fox University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
414 N Meridian St
Newberg, Oregon 97132
Phone:(503) 538-8383
Website: www.georgefox.edu
George Fox University is a 4-year, private not-for-profit institution.

Klamath Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
7390 South Sixth Street
Klamath Falls, Oregon 97603-7121
Phone:(541) 882-3521
Website: www.klamathcc.edu
Klamath Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Lane Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Accreditation: Oregon State Board of Nursing
4000 E 30th Ave
Eugene, Oregon 97405-0640
Phone:(541) 463-3000
Website: www.Lanecc.edu
Lane Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Linfield College-Adult Degree Program

Nursing Programs Offered:
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
2255 NW Northrup Street
McMinnville, Oregon 97210
Phone:(503) 413-8481
Website: www.linfield.edu/dce
Linfield College-Adult Degree Program is a 4-year, private not-for-profit institution.

Linn-Benton Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (AAS)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, Oregon 97321
Phone:(541) 917-4999
Website: www.linnbenton.edu
Linn-Benton Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Mt Hood Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Accreditation: Oregon State Board of Nursing
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, Oregon 97030
Phone:(503) 491-6422
Website: www.mhcc.edu
Mt Hood Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Oregon Coast Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
400 SE College Way
Newport, Oregon 97366
Phone:(541) 265-2283
Website: www.occc.cc.or.us
Oregon Coast Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Oregon Health & Science University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, Oregon 97239-3098
Phone:(503) 494-7800
Website: www.ohsu.edu
Oregon Health & Science University is a 4-year, public institution.

Pioneer Pacific College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Accreditation: Oregon State Board of Nursing
27501 SW Parkway Ave
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-9296
Phone:(503) 682-3903
Phone:(866) 772-4636
Website: www.pioneerpacific.edu
Pioneer Pacific College is a 4-year, primarily associate’s, private for-profit institution.

Portland Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (AAS)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
12000 SW 49th Avenue,
Portland, Oregon 97219-7132
Phone:(971) 722-6111
Phone: (866) 922-1010
Website: www.pcc.edu
Portland Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Rogue Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (AAS)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
3345 Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass, Oregon 97527-9291
Phone:(541) 956-7500
Website: www.roguecc.edu
Rogue Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Southwestern Oregon Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (AAS)
Accreditation: Oregon State Board of Nursing
1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, Oregon 97420-2193
Phone:(541) 888-2525
Phone: (800) 962-2838
Website: www.socc.edu
Southwestern Oregon Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Treasure Valley Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
650 College Blvd, Ontario, Oregon 97914
Phone:(541) 881-8822
Website: www.tvcc.cc
Treasure Valley Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

Umpqua Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science In Nursing (AAS)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1140 Umpqua College Rd
Roseburg, Oregon 97470-0226
Phone:(541) 440-4600
Website: www.umpqua.edu
Umpqua Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

University of Portland

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Clinical Nurse Leader
Registered Nurse to Master’s of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
5000 N Willamette Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97203-5798
Phone:(503) 943-7911
Phone: (800) 227-4568
Website: www.up.edu
University of Portland is a 4-year, private not-for-profit institution.

Valley Medical College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Accreditation: Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
4707 Silverton Road NE
Salem, Oregon 97305
Phone:(503) 363-9001
Website: valleymedicalcollege.com
Valley Medical College is a less than 2-year, private for-profit institution.


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