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Portland is home to the state of Oregon’s largest medical center, Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. This facility is ranked regionally and nationally, and it provides a framework of resources and infrastructure for surrounding nursing institutions. The hospital is part of the larger Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), which offers baccalaureate, master’s, and doctorate degree programs on a wide array of nursing topics.

Portland degree programs
At the baccalaureate level, OHSU offers the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program. The traditional BSN is a four-year program that trains independent healthcare professionals to assume leadership roles in the medical arena. Registered nurses (RNs) who already hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) can instead enroll in an accelerated RN-to-BSN program. After completing the BSN program, RNs can pursue a master of science in nursing (MSN) or a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) at OHSU, in order to train for specialized roles like nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, or nurse practitioner. The University of Portland is a highly regarded local private school that also offers all of these nursing degree programs.

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Portland certificate programs
Aspiring certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) must complete a briefer certificate program before practicing in the state of Oregon. LPN programs require 12 to 18 months of fulltime study, while CNA programs typically take just eight to ten weeks to complete. These certificate programs are offered by numerous community and career colleges in the Portland area, including Concorde Career College, Mt. Hood Community College, and Pioneer Pacific College in Wilsonville.

Learn more about local nursing programs by reviewing our detailed list of Portland nursing schools. We’ve profiled each college in depth below, including recent NCLEX test scores where relevant.

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Portland nursing schools by NCLEX score

Mt. Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark Street | Gresham, Oregon 97030
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Perioperative Nursing for the RN
George Fox University
414 North Meridian Street | Newberg, Oregon 97132
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road | Portland, Oregon 97239
  • 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)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Nursing in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse-Midwifery
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Portland
5000 North Willamette Boulevard | Portland, Oregon 97203
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Avenue | Oregon City, Oregon 97045
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Walla Walla University
10345 SE Market Street | Portland, Oregon 97216
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Concorde Career College - Portland
1425 NE Irving Street, Suite 300 | Portland, Oregon 97232
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue | Portland, Oregon 97219
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Concordia University
2811 NE Holman Street | Portland, Oregon 97211
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Sumner College
8909 SW Barbur Boulevard, Suite 100 | Portland, Oregon 97219
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Pioneer Pacific College - Wilsonville
27501 SW Parkway Avenue | Wilsonville, Oregon 97070
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing
2255 NW Northrup Street | Portland, Oregon 97210
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Linfield College
900 SE Baker Street | McMinnville, Oregon 97128
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Mt. Hood Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.3% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Perioperative Nursing for the RN
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
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
MSN: Nursing Education
MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Master of Nursing in Nurse Anesthesia
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse-Midwifery
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Portland Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.3% 2008 to 2012
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Clackamas Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.2% 2008 to 2012
Walla Walla University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.1% 2008 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Concorde Career College - Portland Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.2% 2008 to 2012
Portland Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.1% 2008 to 2012
Concordia University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.9% 2008 to 2012
Sumner College Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.2% 2010 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Pioneer Pacific College - Wilsonville Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.5% 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