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Oregon’s community colleges award certificates, diplomas, and associate’s degrees in a variety of fields. One of the most popular career fields is nursing, with well over 40,000 practicing nurses across the state. Community colleges focus their nursing education on two roles: licensed practical nurse (LPN) and registered nurse (RN).

Licensed practical nursing programs
Over a dozen two-year colleges in Oregon offer an accredited LPN certificate program. The program typically lasts 12 to 18 months. This short duration preps nursing students for quick entry into the healthcare industry. LPN programs are often flexible and can be tailored to students’ schedules. All graduates must pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam before practicing in Oregon.

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Registered nursing programs
Approximately 15 of Oregon’s community colleges offer an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN). This two-year program enables a much faster transition to employment than the traditional four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). ADN students receive training in critical areas like anatomy, nutrition, and psychology. Most programs involve clinical experience as well. ADN graduates can later pursue their BSN at a traditional four-year college. All registered nurses must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam before practicing in Oregon.

Career outlook for Oregon’s nurses
A number of reputable hospitals in Oregon routinely hire nursing graduates from the state’s vocational, career, and community colleges. Salem Hospital, Providence Portland Medical Center, and the nationally ranked Oregon Health and Science University Hospital are just a few. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oregon’s LPNs earn a median annual salary of $48,100. RNs in the state earn $80,360 per year on average.

To ensure that you have all the facts about Oregon’s vocational, career, and community colleges for nursing, we’ve compiled below a comprehensive list of their programs.

Featured Schools

Eugene

Lane Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Lane Community College Eugene
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Portland

Clackamas Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Concorde Career College - Portland
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mt. Hood Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Perioperative Nursing for the RN
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Portland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Sumner College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Clackamas Community College Oregon City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Concorde Career College - Portland Portland
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mt. Hood Community College Gresham
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Perioperative Nursing for the RN
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Portland Community College Portland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Sumner College Portland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Salem

Chemeketa Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Chemeketa Community College Salem
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Institute of Technology Salem
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Other Oregon cities

Blue Mountain Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Central Oregon Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Clatsop Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Columbia Gorge Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Klamath Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Linn-Benton Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Oregon Coast Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rogue Community College - Grants Pass
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Rogue Community College - Medford
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southwestern Oregon Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Treasure Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Umpqua Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Blue Mountain Community College Pendleton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Central Oregon Community College Bend
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Clatsop Community College Astoria
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Columbia Gorge Community College The Dalles
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Klamath Community College Klamath Falls
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Linn-Benton Community College Albany
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Oregon Coast Community College Newport
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rogue Community College - Grants Pass Grants Pass
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Rogue Community College - Medford Medford
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southwestern Oregon Community College Coos Bay
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Treasure Valley Community College Ontario
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Umpqua Community College Roseburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing