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The American Nurses Association has called for the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) to become the minimum level of preparation for aspiring professional nurses. The Institute of Medicine, in its recent report “The Future of Nursing,” recommended that 80 percent of registered nurses (RNs) hold this baccalaureate degree by 2020.

Thankfully, nurses who follow this guidance are frequently rewarded with substantially higher pay. For example, Oregon’s registered nurses earn a median annual salary of $80,360. However, those with a BSN degree often earn top-quartile pay of $92,130 per year or more. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), who must also hold a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree, can earn anywhere from $105,000 to $150,000 per year depending on specialization.

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Oregon nurses who wish to pursue a BSN or MSN degree have several excellent options. Oregon Health & Science University offer both a traditional prelicensure BSN program and an accelerated BSN program for non-nursing majors. The accelerated program allows students to obtain a nursing degree within one to two years. In addition, OHSU offers an MSN program with specializations in nursing anesthesia, family practice nursing, nursing midwifery, mental health nursing, and nursing education. Several other Oregon universities offer the traditional prelicensure BSN program, including four public schools within the OHSU network and five private colleges.

If you are ready to advance your nursing career, enroll in a BSN or MSN program at one of Oregon’s top colleges or universities. We’ve profiled below each of the state’s four-year nursing schools.

Featured Schools

Eugene

Northwest Christian University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pioneer Pacific College - Springfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Northwest Christian University Eugene
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pioneer Pacific College - Springfield Springfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Portland

Concordia University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
George Fox University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Linfield College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Oregon Health & Science University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
Pioneer Pacific College - Wilsonville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Portland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
Walla Walla University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
School City Programs offered
Concordia University Portland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
George Fox University Newberg
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Linfield College McMinnville
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing Portland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Oregon Health & Science University Portland
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
Pioneer Pacific College - Wilsonville Wilsonville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Portland Portland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
Walla Walla University Portland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program

Salem

Oregon Health & Science University at Western Oregon University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Oregon Health & Science University at Western Oregon University Monmouth
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Other Oregon cities

Oregon Health & Science University at Eastern Oregon University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Oregon Health & Science University at Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Oregon Health & Science University at Southern Oregon University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Oregon Health & Science University at Eastern Oregon University La Grande
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Oregon Health & Science University at Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Oregon Health & Science University at Southern Oregon University Ashland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing