RN Programs in Oregon

Starting a career as a registered nurse (RN) in Oregon is both lucrative and rewarding. RN programs in Oregon graduate some of the most sought-after nurses in the country; however, a lack of nursing educators makes it impossible for RN schools in Oregon to graduate enough students to meet the need for registered nurses in the state.

This shortage of registered nurses statewide makes RN positions readily available. Graduates of Oregon RN programs are able to find work quickly. There are two ways that RN Programs in Oregon may dispense theirtraining. It is possible to complete a two-year Associate Degree in Nursing program or a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. Graduating from either of these programs prepares you to pursue licensing as registered nurse.

RN Licensure in Oregon

RNs who have completed an accredited RN program must apply for their RN licensure in Oregon after graduation. Before the license is issued, the graduate must take the NCLEX-RN exam and pass it.

Oregon RN Registry

Oregon State Board of Nursing

17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road

Portland, Oregon 97224-7012

RN Jobs and Salary in Oregon

In Oregon, registered nurses earn an average of $35.24 hourly and $73,300 annually. The most in-demand RN positions are located in Oregon’s metropolitan areas; however, nursing positions are available statewide. Oregon is in need of registered nurses in hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices.

Oregon’s largest and best-known employers of registered nurses include:

Salud Medical Center, Woodburn

Ashland Community Hospital, Ashland

Salem Hospital, Salem

Oregon Health & Science University, Portland

Holy Rosary Medical Center, Ontario

Samaritan Health Services, Corvallis

RN Programs in Oregon

Each of the RN programs has its own requirements for admission. Applicants are encouraged to apply around one year before they hope to begin classes.

Here are some of the RN programs that lead to an Associate Degree. Some of these programs require that students have completed college preparatory coursework in high school and that they had a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5. Others do not have any requirements other than the fact that students much maintain a certain GPA in their pre-nursing courses. Applicants should contact each individual program that they are interested in since admission policies vary so much.

Blue Mountain Community College

Department of Nursing

2411 NW Carden Avenue

P.O. Box 100

Pendleton, OR 97801


Central Oregon Community College

Department of Nursing

2600 NW College Way

Bend, OR 97701


Chemeketa Community College

Department of Nursing

4000 Lancaster Drive NE

P.O. Box 14007

Salem, OR 97309


Clackamas Community College

Department of Nursing

19600 Molalla Avenue

Oregon City, OR 97045


Clatsop Community College

Department of Nursing

1651 Lexington Avenue

Astoria, OR 97103


Columbia Gorge Community College

Division of Nursing

400 East Scenic Drive

The Dalles, OR 97058


ITT Technical Institute

Department of Nursing

9500 NE Cascades Parkway

Portland, OR 97220


Lane Community College

Department of Nursing

4000 E. 30th Avenue

Eugene, OR 97405


Linn-Benton Community College

Department of Nursing

6500 SW Pacific Blvd.

Albany, OR 97321


Mt. Hood Community College

Department of Nursing

26000 SE Stark

Gresham, OR 97030


Oregon Coast Community College

Department of Nursing

400 SE College Way

Newport, OR 97366


Portland Community College

Department of Nursing

12000 SW 49th

P.O. Box 19000

Portland, OR 97280


Rogue Community College

Department of Nursing

3345 Redwood Highway

Grants Pass, OR 97527


Southwestern Oregon Community College

Department of Nursing

1988 Newmark Avenue

Coos Bay, OR 97420


Treasure Valley Community College

Department of Nursing

650 College Blvd.

Ontario, OR 97914


Umpqua Community College

Department of Nursing

1140 College Road, P.O. Box 967

Roseburg, OR 97470


Most RN programs require that an applicant has successfully completed college preparatory classes and has a minimum score of 20 on the ACT. A minimum score of 1,000 on the SAT is also acceptable at some schools, but others have much stricter admission policies. Some programs also require that the student graduated in the upper half of their graduating class. The following RN programs in the state lead to a BSN:


Concordia University

Department of Nursing

2811 NE Holman Street

Portland, OR 97211-6099


George Fox University

Department of Nursing

414 N. Meridian Street, #6273

Newberg, OR 97132-2697


Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing

2255 NW Northrup, Rm. 304

Portland, OR 97210-2918


Oregon Health & Science University

School of Nursing

3455 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Road

Portland, OR 97239-2941


Oregon Health & Science University

School of Nursing at

Eastern Oregon University

1 University Blvd.

LaGrande, OR 97850


OHSU School of Nursing at

Oregon Institute of Technology

3201 Campus Drive

Klamath Falls, OR 97601


OHSU School of Nursing at

Southern Oregon University

1250 Siskiyou Blvd.

Ashland, OR 97520


OHSU School of Nursing at

Western Oregon University

345 N. Monmouth Avenue

Monmouth, OR 97361


University of Portland

School of Nursing

5000 N. Willamette Blvd.

Portland, OR 97203


Walla Walla University

School of Nursing

10345 SE Market St.

Portland, OR 97216

For reviews and a full list of RN programs in the state, please visit Nursing Schools in Oregon.