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A registered nurse (RN), regardless of work setting or specialty, provides health care to patients who are ill or injured. RNs can be found in a variety of work settings. Registered nurses who work in hospitals tend to work nights, weekends and holidays as patients require 24-hour care, while RNs who work in offices, schools or for the government usually work regular business hours.

Registered Nursing Schools in Oregon

You can become a registered nurse after earning an associate degree or diploma in nursing; however, those who obtain a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN), or higher, tend to have more responsibilities and see more opportunities for advancement. Registered nurses who earn a master's degree in nursing (MSN) are known as advanced practice nurses. These nurses can perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as well as prescribe medication. All registered nursing programs provide classroom instruction and hands-on clinical experience. As a student, you'll take courses in anatomy, chemistry, psychology, mental health and health management. You can earn a nursing degree or diploma from an online or campus-based program at one of the many RN schools in Oregon. After graduating from an approved nursing program, you'll need to pass a national licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) in order to obtain a nursing license. Other requirements vary by state. Oregon RN schools can give you the tools you need to become a successful registered nurse.

Registered Nursing Salaries in Oregon

Job opportunities for RNs are expected to be excellent, with more than 581,000 new jobs opening between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With 2.6 million jobs in 2008, registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation. There are over 30,000 RNs in Oregon. BLS states that in May 2009, Oregon RNs made an annual median salary of $73,430. Within the state, employment for registered nurses is highest in the Portland area, Eugene area, and Salem. RNs in Bend, the Portland area and Corvallis earned the highest median salaries.

For a rewarding career as a registered nurse, get more information from one of the registered nursing schools in Oregon below.

Fast Facts for Registered Nurses in Oregon

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Corvallis, Medford and Bend
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Salem, Portland and Eugene
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Portland, Eugene and Salem

Salaries for Registered Nurses in Oregon

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Portland, Corvallis and Bend

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Programs
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
  • M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)
  • M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
  • Nursing Degree Programs from Grand Canyon University's College of Nursing & Health Care Professions
  • Degree Variety: GCU offers a full-spectrum of nursing programs including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as post-master’s certificates.
  • The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu-accreditation).
  • GCU provides a Christian environment that provides an opportunity for you to embrace a holistic approach to caring for patients: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Depending on the degree you choose, you could take online, evening, or on-campus classes. Speak with an enrollment counselor to discuss your options!
Programs
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Ranked among the 2015 Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as a Military Friendly School every year since 2012 by Victory Media.
  • Offers credit for prior learning and experience through assessment tests.
  • Provides a short term Leadership Certification program in partnership with EQUIP®.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
Programs
  • Doctor of Education - Nursing Education
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
Programs
  • Online - RN to Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

Saint Mary's University's long history of innovation in education continues with the launch of our new iPad® application, allowing for learning on the go. Our commitment to our Lasallian Catholic tradition of continuous learning, ethics and advancing the common good also endures.

Programs
  • MS in Nursing
  • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  • Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
Programs
  • Practical Nursing
  • A part of the Select Education Group (SEG).
  • Offers several scholarship and financial aid opportunities for students who qualify.
  • California campuses accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and accreditation for the Salem campus from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
  • 4 Campuses located in Clovis, Modesto, and Redding in California, and Salem, Oregon.
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Salem
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  • MSN in Clinical Leadership
  • MSN in Executive Leadership

Saint Xavier University, Chicago’s oldest Catholic university, has a long history of educating students to prepare them for professional success and lay the foundation for personal fulfillment. Our online master’s degree programs reflect our values: to explore and respect different viewpoints, work for the betterment of the community, and engage students in the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Programs
  • Medical Assistant (Diploma)
  • Offers classes built around small teams, so students get personal, one-on-one skills training.
  • Has 100 campuses— many of which are on or near public transportation routes.
  • Provides trained student finance planners to assist students seeking financial aid.
  • Incorporates hands-on training into all programs to provide students with important experience.
  • Provides day, evening, and weekend classes. (Classes offered may vary by location.)
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Portland
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  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting Science
  • Has students attend one four-week class at a time and take their final exam before moving on to their next class.
  • Offers 24/7 online tech support, with a typical response time of 4 hours or less.
  • Has online help centers that offer assistance with writing, statistics, medical assisting, and more.
  • Provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.
  • Researches trends for growing fields to tailor a more effective curriculum.
Programs
  • Healthcare Administration (BS)
  • Gives students a new laptop they can keep as a gift upon graduation.
  • Provides students the opportunity to save up to $5,000 on their degree with Fresh Start Scholarships.
  • Offers monthly start dates so students can choose when their program begins.
  • Students can earn an Associate's degree in as few as 15 months or Bachelor's degree in as few as 30 months.
  • A private, nonprofit college founded in Ogden-West Haven, Utah, in September 1891.

Our family of non-profit colleges admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

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More Oregon Registered Nursing Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Pendleton
Associate
1,782
Bend
Associate
4,440
Salem
Associate
7,255
Oregon City
Associate
6,613
Astoria
Associate
1,262
The Dalles
Associate
920
Eugene
Associate
8,618
McMinnville
Bachelor
495
Portland
Bachelor
334
Albany
Associate
5,290
Gresham
Associate
7,588
Newport
Associate
507
Portland
Doctorate
2,455
Portland
Associate
24,353
Grants Pass
Associate
4,398
Coos Bay
Associate
2,344
Ontario
Associate
2,010
Roseburg
Associate
2,122
Portland
Masters
3,667

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