Portland RN Programs - Oregon

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RN Programs in Portland, Oregon

There are many different RN programs in Portland for those wishing to pursue a career in nursing. These programs vary, so it is important to research the options before choosing one. Graduates of RN programs must pass the NCLEX-RN before becoming eligible for licensure.

ADN vs. BSN Programs

RN programs in Portland differ in terms of the degree earned. One can become a registered nurse with either an associate's or a bachelor's degree. Though both of these education levels qualify one to become a RN, there are differences.

An associate's degree in nursing can be completed in as little as two years. The advantage to these programs is that they allow students to quickly obtain the minimum level of education needed to be an RN. Earning an ADN may also cost less than a higher level degree.

A bachelor's degree in nursing offers a more well-rounded education. These programs can be completed in four years of full-time study. Those who graduate with a BSN are often more qualified for promotions and are one step closer to earning a more advanced degree, such as an MSN.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

RN programs are offered both online and on campuses in the Portland area. Online programs provide greater flexibility, as lectures are completed from a computer at the student's convenience. Traditional, campus-based programs allow face-to-face interaction between students and professors.

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Which schools offer Portland RN Programs?

RN Programs (both campus-based & online RN Programs) are medical training programs offered by universities, vocational or technical schools, and community or junior colleges. Some hospitals even offer registered nursing training as an RN diploma.

How do I become an licensed RN?

Each state sets its own RN requirements. In order to earn your RN license, you must pass the NCLEX® examination. The NCLEX® is a comprehensive nursing exam that can only be taken by graduates of a nursing program approved by your state's board of nursing.

Do I need to complete an LPN program before I go to college to get an RN Degree?

No you don't need to complete LPN training before you can get your RN license. An accredited RN Associate Degree program takes 2 years. You can earn your RN Diploma in 3 years. (BSN - 4 years, RN to BSN can be 2-3 years)

Free Nursing School in Portland?

The education necessary to become an RN is valuable, and registered nurses make really good money in Oregon. However, students can lower the cost of RN school with financial aid. There are numerous grants and nursing school scholarships in Oregon. They might not make your RN degree free but it can at least be more affordable.

Contact one of the accredited nursing schools listed here to get information about the financial aid you qualify for. Find out more about online nursing schools in Oregon.

RN Job Description

Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients' family members. RNs record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

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Oregon State Board of Nursing
800 NE Oregon Street, Box 25
Suite 465
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (971) 673-0685
Fax: (971) 673-0684

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Other Portland Nursing Schools w/ RN Training

Portland Community College
705 N. Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97217
Concordia University
2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211
University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203
Oregon Health And Science University
700 Southwest Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97239

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