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Oregon’s nursing students have two distinct pathways for pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. The traditional BSN is a comprehensive program that prepares aspiring registered nurses (RNs) to enter the nursing profession. The RN-to-BSN program enables existing nurses with just an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) to earn their baccalaureate degree, often while working at the same time.

Overview of the traditional BSN
The undergraduate BSN degree is a four-year program that exposes baccalaureate candidates to courses in anatomy, physiology, nursing fundamentals, sociology, and communication. Significant emphasis is placed on clinical and lab experience to ensure that graduates enter the workplace as well-equipped and confident registered nurses. All RN candidates must pass the NCLEX-RN licensure exam at the conclusion of their studies.

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Overview of the RN-to-BSN program
To combat a statewide shortage of baccalaureate-educated nurses, the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing has established the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education. After completing an ADN program and passing the NCLEX-RN exam, students at nine Oregon community colleges can enroll directly in OHSU’s RN-to-BSN program. Classes may be completed at the school’s Portland campus or online, either part-time or full-time, providing students significant flexibility. Similar to the traditional BSN program, the RN-to-BSN program ensures that students experience clinical practice.

Employment prospects for Oregon’s RNs
After completing the BSN program, nurses can enjoy a fast-moving and rewarding career at Oregon’s best hospitals and medical centers, some of which are nationally ranked. The state’s most prestigious nursing employers include OHSU Hospital, Salem Hospital, and Legacy Emmanuel Hospital and Health Center. Oregon’s RNs typically earn $65,000 to $95,000 per year, with a median salary that exceeds $80,000. Those with BSN degrees have ample opportunity for advancement, including the pursuit of a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree.

To help both new and existing nurses earn a bachelor of science in nursing, we have compiled below a thorough list of Oregon’s BSN degree programs.

Featured Schools

Eugene

Northwest Christian University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Northwest Christian University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Portland

George Fox University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Oregon Health & Science University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 96.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Portland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Walla Walla University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Concordia University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Linfield College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
George Fox University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 98.5% 2008 to 2012
Oregon Health & Science University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 96.8% 2010 to 2012
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.9% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Portland
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.3% 2008 to 2012
Walla Walla University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.1% 2008 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Concordia University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.9% 2008 to 2012
Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.7% 2008 to 2012
Linfield College
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Salem

Oregon Health & Science University at Western Oregon University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Oregon Health & Science University at Western Oregon University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.9% 2011 to 2012

Other Oregon cities

Oregon Health & Science University at Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Oregon Health & Science University at Southern Oregon University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Oregon Health & Science University at Eastern Oregon University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Oregon Health & Science University at Oregon Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.3% 2008 to 2012
Oregon Health & Science University at Southern Oregon University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.8% 2008 to 2012
Oregon Health & Science University at Eastern Oregon University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.5% 2008 to 2012