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Registered nurses (RNs) are the backbone of the U.S. nursing profession. Oregon’s RNs must obtain either an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). This rigorous training distinguishes them from licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs), who need only earn a certificate.

RN training
ADN programs are typically offered at community colleges, while BSN programs are available at four-year colleges and universities. Both programs explore anatomy, clinical psychology, and practical nursing care on a base of general education requirements. Candidates in either pathway must pass the state-mandated NCLEX-RN national licensure exam. RNs administer medications and treatments, operate medical equipment, perform diagnostic tests, and establish patient care plans. Nursing students in the Eugene metropolitan area typically complete the ADN program at Lane Community College. Many then transfer to pursue a BSN degree through Oregon Health & Science University.

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LPN training
Licensed practical nurses are trained in physiology, medication, and basic patient care. They must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program and successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam before practicing. LPNs monitor patient health, discuss care with patients, listen to their concerns, and administer bedside care. Residents of Eugene, Oregon, can pursue the LPN certificate at both Lane Community College and Pioneer Pacific College in Springfield.

CNA training
Nursing assistants must complete a brief eight- to ten-week training program and pass a state certification test. They work under the supervision of LPNs and RNs to provide critical patient care. Frequent tasks include measuring vitals and helping patients to bathe, eat, and dress.

Career outlook in Eugene, Oregon
Regardless of the role, all nurses will find ample employment opportunities in the Eugene metro area. Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and Corvallis Clinic are two top nursing employers in nearby Corvallis, Oregon. Eugene’s nurses enjoy competitive salaries. The city’s RNs earn a median annual salary of $80,320. LPNs receive $45,300 per year, while CNAs take home $27,230 annually.

You can launch your Eugene nursing career at an accredited local school. Browse our detailed profile below of nursing programs in the metropolitan area.

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Eugene nursing schools by NCLEX score

Lane Community College
4000 East 30th Avenue | Eugene, Oregon 97405
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Pioneer Pacific College - Springfield
3800 Sports Way | Springfield, Oregon 97477
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Northwest Christian University
828 East 11th Avenue | Eugene, Oregon 97401
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lane Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2012 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.9% 2008 to 2012
Pioneer Pacific College - Springfield Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.6% 2009 to 2012
Northwest Christian University RN-to-BSN Degree Completion