Oregon Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide is designed to provide you with essential information on the many nursing programs available in the state of Oregon. The colleges and universities in Oregon afford undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to earn a nursing degree in such concentrations as nursing education, nursing administration, and family nurse practitioner. However, a traditional nursing program isn’t always a viable option. Earning an online bachelor’s or master’s in nursing degree, from such online universities as Western Governors University, is a convenient, flexible alternative.

Oregon School Facts:

  • 16 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 6 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 2 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate*: The University of Portland 74%.1
  • Highest net price*: The University of Portland $33,384.1
  • Lowest net price*: Concordia University Portland $21,857.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Oregon with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $26,650 – $37,404.2
  • No schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100.

*For 4-year colleges and universities with nursing degree programs.

Following are several profiles of the bachelor’s and master’s in nursing programs available in Oregon.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Oregon

George Fox University
George Fox University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing that prepares students for careers in various areas of nursing care. The curriculum is based on a foundation in the liberal arts and emphasizes Christian principles. After acceptance into the nursing program, students take courses such as Nursing Fundamentals, Essentials of Microbiology, Medical/Surgical Nursing, and Public Health Nursing. In addition to rigorous academics, students enrolled in the program engage in clinical experiences across a wide variety of care settings. Courses utilize the School of Nursing’s high-fidelity simulation lab that is a component of the program’s state-of-the art technological education. Students may wish to join the George Fox Nursing Club for additional learning, volunteering, and peer networking opportunities. The George Fox University nursing program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and holds accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses.

Linfield College
Linfield College confers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to students who successfully complete the four-year program. Students generally enter the nursing program in the junior year after fulfilling general college requirements and prerequisites. The nursing curriculum spans four semesters and consists of scholarship of nursing, mental health and illness across the lifespan, leading and managing in nursing, and nursing care of children, adults, and older adults with acute conditions. Nursing majors also complete approximately 1,000 hours at clinical practicums throughout the program. Admission to the nursing program is extremely competitive with 200 available seats each year and more than 800 applicants.

Concordia University
Concordia University prepares graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The BSN program is divided into two parts: the first two years are devoted to completing general college requirements. The second two years, during which time students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis, focus on nursing curriculum. Students generally apply for admission to the nursing program during their sophomore year and enter the nursing program in the summer prior to the junior year. Nursing coursework covers the patient experience, clinical nursing, health promotion, and the nation’s health. Clinical practicums occur at partner facilities, such as Adventist Medical Center, Laurelhurst Village, and Southwest Washington Medical Center.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in Oregon

University of Portland
The University of Portland features two graduate nursing programs – the nurse educator and the clinical nurse leader – leading to the Master of Science (M.S.). Regardless of the track, graduate students generally require two years to fulfill degree requirements and the program is offered in hybrid format. On-campus classes are typically held one weekend a month with students completing coursework online during the week. Practicums are mandatory with students in the clinical nurse leader track required to complete a minimum of 500 hours in a clinical setting. Applicants must provide GRE scores, hold a current registered nurse’s license, and possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Oregon Health and Science University
Oregon Health and Science University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program features concentrations in nurse anesthesia, nurse midwifery, family nurse practitioner, and psych mental health nurse practitioner. Students can generally complete the MSN program in two years; an additional year of study leads to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). In addition to coursework, nursing students must complete mandatory clinical practicums. The nursing department also offers the Masters of Public Health and the Masters of Nursing Education in a distance-based format. Successful applicants to the program must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), possess a current registered nurse’s license, and submit GRE scores.

Reviews of Nursing Programs in Oregon

Linfield College
900 SE Baker St
McMinnville, OR 97128
(503) 883-2200

So far, my experience at nursing school has been very challenging. Honestly, the coursework itself is not very difficult to understand, it is just such a heavy volume. I have had to really learn to manage my time well in order to get everything done. I do enjoy the close community of students which makes it easy to work together. The professors are also great at providing resources to be successful. However, sometimes communication between staff is lacking which leads to disorganized labs and simualations.” – Student at Linfield College

Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 494-8311

I originally started my undergraduate degree as a Biology major pre-med, but later switched to pre-nursing and was accepted into Oregon Health & Science University. I was upset at not being able to go to Medical School, but the nursing program at OHSU was wonderful and gave me new respect for the field. I was able to collaborate with many scientists and even work on some research while completing my nursing degree. The academics were challenging, but the rotations were always supported with resources and professors who didn’t just “teach” the course, but cared for each student. Although it was challenging, my cohort became my family and we became very close by the end. It was wonderful to see all of the experiences and opportunities we were given collectively.” – Student at Oregon Health & Science University

Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Ave
Portland, OR 97219
(971) 722-6111

My academic experience in the nursing program at Portland Community College was mediocre. The majority of the students were all females with probably 10 -15 percent males. The first two or three terms were very basic. Lots of review of vocabulary, bones, muscles etc. There was also a point when we were encourage to read about alternative medicine. Specifically, I am talking about chiropractics. I didn’t much appreciate this considering that it “alternative”. Our teachers were also politically minded as well. Every day and instructor would discuss the benefits of teachers unions and why they were necessary. This made me very uncomfortable and simply distracted me from my work. Eventually, things got better. I made new friends in the nursing program and got along great. It really does pay to have a stable and supportive environment when in school. Especially if it is a nursing program. PCC itself is a great school with great teachers. However, if I could go back in time I would have probably chosen a different major. Also, clinical’s were scheduled and rescheduled several times. I don’t know why but the whole process was terrible. PCC does have amazing school book stores. Every nursing book and instrument that I needed was there. That much was a slam dunk.” – Student at Portland Community College

University of Portland
5000 N Willamette Blvd
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 943-8000

I really enjoyed my time at the University of Portland. While the school is difficult to get into as most nursing programs are, at UP they keep the class sizes small enough that you can get to know your teachers and fellow students easily. I liked that I could and was encouraged to approach my teachers and talk to them about what I was experiencing and struggling with and some ways to try and overcome that. They do a good job of providing you with clinical sites that you learn from and keeping both you and your nurses you are working with in the loop on how you are doing and what can be done to make you a better nurse. I also feel the courses taught there have helped to prepare me for both the NCLEX and to be a great RN.” – Student at University of Portland

Western Oregon University
345 Monmouth Ave N
Monmouth, OR 97361
(503) 838-8000

I am very happy with the education I received at Western Oregon University. My academic advisers were always available to me, and I was able to have a 1 on 1 relationship with my professors which helped me during my course of studies. Because of the close proximity to major hospitals, I was able to get a job right after graduation working in a major hospital E.R. as an R.N. The only downside to attending such a small college, it’s not as well known as other major state colleges in Oregon. Since I did get a job so close to the college, however, it wasn’t a major drawback for me. Overall I am completely satisfied with the education I received!” – Student at Western Oregon University

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=OR&major=nursing&sort=best