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Accredited Nursing Schools in Oregon

In Oregon and in other US states, our experts help nursing students and nursing schools connect. Below is our list of nursing schools in Oregon accredited by at least one of the two major US nursing commissions: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC or NLN). Browse our list of accredited online nursing schools and Oregon campus locations, then request free information from any or all Oregon nursing schools that have provided online information request forms. To view another US state, please visit our all nursing schools guide home page.

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Oregon Nursing Schools No classes to attend, complete virtually 100% of your coursework from the comfort of your home. Currently licensed LPN's and RN's in Oregon are pre-approved for financing. Fast-track options are available for most Oregon nursing programs, however, you can complete your coursework at your own pace. Academic advisors are available 8am to 11pm Monday through Friday, and The College Network guarantees your academic success. Currently The College Network education partners are the National League for Nursing, Angelo State University, Bellevue University, Boston University, Cornell University, Deaconess College, Indiana State University, Regis University, Salve Regina University, University of Southern California, and Vicennes University. The first step to advancing your nursing career is to request free information from The College Network.

Oregon Nursing Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate of Science in Nursing LPN to ASN
    Note: commonly referred to as LPN to Registered Nurse LPN to RN
  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LPN to BSN
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LVN to BSN
    Note: LVN to BSN please select "LPN to BSN" when requesting info
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN
  • Diploma/Foreign Trained RN to BSN (must be licensed RN)
  • Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing RN to MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing MSN, BSN to MSN

Oregon Healthcare Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with Minor in Healthcare
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (Informatics)
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration with Healthcare Minor
  • Master of Business Administration MBA Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

Accredited Nursing Schools in Oregon

RNs:Prospective RNs in Oregon must first complete a nursing education from a state-approved program, with a practical nursing diploma, associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing. RN candidates must also pass the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). There’s a non-refundable fee of $160 for the licensure examination. Registered nurses who have held license in other states can register for licensure by endorsement for $195. According to the Oregon Board of Nursing, endorsement applicants are required to practice at the level of nursing for which they are seeking licensure for a minimum of 960 hours in the last five years. As part of the application process, nursing candidates are subjected to a criminal background check.

LPNs:Like RNs, eligibility for LPN licensure in Oregon begins with a state-approved nursing education and clinical rotations. LPN applicants must graduate from an accredited nursing program before applying for licensure. These typically take about a year to complete and are available at community colleges and some technical institutions. LPN candidates must also pass the National Council Licensure Examination for LPNs (NCLEX-PN). LPNs who received their license in other states must satisfy verification requirements in order to practice in Oregon. There are approximately 2,520 LPNs working in the state of Oregon.

The Best Cities in Oregon for Nursing Jobs

  • Portland. Portland is Oregon’s most populous city, with an estimated population of 583,776 based on the 2010 Census. There are over two million people living in the Portland metropolitan area, which makes it ideal for career opportunities in the healthcare industry. Portland has an array of tourist attractions. These include the city’s vibrant downtown, gorgeous mountains and vineyards. It boasts a culturally diverse art scene and a rich sports heritage. Curious minds will love the great scenery and local festivals celebrating wine, garlic, and even UFOs.
    • RNs:The Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton area employs approximately 18,650 RNs, with the average salary coming to $76,010 annually.
    • LPNS: The Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton employs about 1,190 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $46,920.
  • Salem. Salem is the capital of Oregon. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of approximately 155,469, making it the third largest city in the state. Salem is especially rich in one natural resource: water. Salem’s water is known for being the best tasting in the west. The city’s mayor Janet Taylor describes it as a "rare melding of abundant land, strategic location, and a ready workforce."
    • RNs: Salem employs approximately 2,410 RNs, with the average salary coming to $71,130 annually.
    • LPNS: Salem employs approximately 270 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $45,020 annually.
  • Eugene/Springfield. The Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area has a combined population of 351,715, according to the 2010 U.S. census. Eugene is noted for being the birthplace of Nike, Inc, which is now headquartered in nearby Beaverton. Springfield’s economy has been on the rise in recent years. The city’s largest employer is PeaceHealth Medical Group, the parent company of Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, McKenzie-Williamette Medical Center, and PeaceHealth Laboratories. This focus on healthcare makes the area a good fit for nursing prospects.
    • RNs: The Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area employs approximately 2,770 RNs, with the average salary coming to $73,160 annually.
    • LPNS: The Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area employs approximately 360 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $43,060 annually.

Major Hospitals in Oregon

  • Oregon Health and Science University Hospital. OHSU’s humble beginnings dates back to 1887, when the inaugural class of the University of Oregon Medical School met in a two-room converted grocery store in northwest Portland. It has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, 534-bed medical facility. OHSU is the only hospital in Oregon to be nationally ranked in U.S. News Best Hospitals. It was named the Best Hospital in the Portland Metropolitan Area.
  • PeaceHealth Medical Group. PeaceHealth is the largest employer in Eugene, OR. PeaceHealth has two major medical facilities under its umbrella: The Sacred Heart Medical Center and PeaceHealth Laboratories. The group prides itself quality care and an environment that is highly satisfying to employees and physicians. Sacred Heart’s website is designed with patients in mind. For example, the site features a frequently updated emergency wait section.
  • McKenzie-Willamette Hospital. When the Springfield side of the Willamette River grew in desperate need of a hospital in 1955, a group of concerned residents formed a board and raised some funds. Soon after, the McKenzie-Willamette Hospital was born. After several expansion projects, the hospital exists today as one of the top acute care centers in the state.
  • Oregon Medical Group. This primary care multi-specialty group boasts over 100 physicians and 13 clinics scattered throughout the Eugene-Springfield area. With an array of clinicsóranging from neurology to orthopedicsóprospective nurses in this area have a surplus of options.
  • Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Since 1926, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital has been providing full pediatric care in Portland, Oregon. It prides itself in being the first children’s hospital in the Pacific Northwest. Among a litany of other firsts, Doernbecher is home to the nation’s first academic children’s eye clinic in 1949 and Oregon’s first neonatal intensive care center in 1968. This hospital, which employs more than 1,000 doctors and nurses, is a good fit for those specially trained in pediatric care.

Linfield College School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: McMinnville, Oregon
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1849
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
School Website: http://www.linfield.edu

Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Portland, Oregon
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
School Founded In: 1974
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.ohsu.edu

University of Portland School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Portland, Oregon
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1901
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.uofport.edu