Program Assistant II

Columbia Hall



The application period for Fall 2023 admission is now closed. If you have questions about the Fall 2024 application, contact program assistant Kathy Laughman at or director Doris Jepson at DJepson@ClatsopCC.edi.


Important update for Fall 2023 applicants: If offered a seat in the Clatsop Nursing Program for Fall 2023, priority will be given to applicants who have their required pre-requisite courses completed by the end of Spring Term 2023. Applicants who will not have their required pre-requisites completed until the end of Summer Term 2023 will then be considered.

In all cases, proof of completion of outstanding required pre-requisite courses must be received by Clatsop Community College on or before September 15, 2023, in order to be fully admitted to the Clatsop Nursing Program for Fall 2023.

General Information: Using the latest techniques and procedures, this degree prepares you for a successful career as a registered nurse (RN). RNs are primarily responsible for patient care and patient care management. Your high-tech education in this program includes hands-on experience and a wide range of clinical skills. After successfully completing the two-year ADN program, you will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science – Nursing Degree and you will be eligible to take the licensing exam for registered nursing (NCLEX-RN).

Registered nurses are caring and use knowledge, skills, and problem-solving abilities to help individuals, families, and groups with health needs. RNs plan, care, and work with people to help them become healthier or to regain health after illness or surgery. Nurses teach health practices to clients and other health care providers, and frequently supervise the work of nursing assistants and practical nurses. RNs also administer medications and perform treatments for patients. Nurses work in a variety of settings, including hospitals and long-term care, schools, industry, clinics, and patients’ homes.

OSBN Required Notification: Applicants to the Clatsop Nursing Program need to be aware that the OSBN has limits on eligibility for licensure, as defined in OAR 851-031-0006 (1)(a)(b). Admittance and successful completion of any nursing program does not guarantee licensure in the State of Oregon. Even with successful passage of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), licensure may be denied to graduates with certain criminal offenses in their background or to those with a major physical or mental condition that, in the OSBN’s determination, could affect the graduate’s ability to practice nursing safely, OAR 851-021-0055 (7).

Detailed information about the Clatsop Community College Nursing Program and classes can be found in the Clatsop Community College College catalog


Clatsop  offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. Enrollment is limited and you must apply for admission. If accepted, you will begin nursing classes fall term. Applications are evaluated on a point scale that is based on a number of factors including grade point average on pre-requisite course work completed at the time of application. See application instructions for detailed information.


The Clatsop Community College Nursing Program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Clatsop's most recent review and re-approval occurred in March 2021. Click Here

For Minimum Qualifications needed to apply, click here (459 kb).


  • Applications are accepted on or after January 9, 2023
  • Application deadline for Fall 2023 is February 15, 2023
  • Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. 


The Nursing Program Application Instructions and the Nursing Application are companion documents.


Instructions. Applicants need to refer to the Instructions as each section of the Application is being filled out. It is recommended that applicants print out a copy of the instructions or pick up a copy from the Nursing Office.


Application. The Application MUST BE downloaded BEFORE typing in information; otherwise, the information will not be saved. An applicant should type in as much information as they can, then print out the Application and complete the rest by hand.


All pages of the Application are to be included in your submission. If submitting electronically, put all parts of the application submission into one pdf document. Google docs are not acceptable.


Nursing Program Application Instructions 2023


Nursing Application 2023

TEAS exams are mandatory for applicants. TEAS exams are only being offered through a remote proctoring online process by ATI. Clatsop CC will not be proctoring any of these exams.


Important note: We will not accept TEAS exam scores that are dated before August 15th, 2022.


Below is a link to the TEAS registration website. You will need to create an account and register to take the TEAS. Dates and times available will be shown when you register--just choose one of the open time slots. The cost is $115 paid directly to the ATI company. When you register, select Clatsop Community College as your institution to send your scores.


TEAS test scores may be downloaded immediately after you finish your exam. Clatsop will not pull your scores from ATI; you must submit a copy of your scores and include it in your application packet. If you are taking the TEAS exam through another institution’s process, you do not have to retake the TEAS for your Clatsop application. You may submit a copy of those scores with your application.


Here is the link to the TEAS registration website.  Once you click on the link below, you will see the section, Things to know before registering. This section includes the Guide which we recommend you open and review. 


After reviewing the Guide,

  • click on REGISTER FOR THE TEAS inside the orange box (at the bottom of the Things to know before registering section).
  • Select the Remote Online option. This will take you to the TEAS PROCTOR-PROGRAM TYPE pull down.
  • Select ATI Remote Proctor-Nursing option and register for the date/time option you want.


The website also contains lots of information about the TEAS exam. Scroll down the main page and you will see question buttons that answer a variety of frequently asked questions.


If, after reading through the information, you still have questions or problems with signing up, go to this website


For information on preparing to take the TEAS exam click here.


The above information is current as of 9.23.22.

All Application Advising Sessions will be held virtually via Zoom


  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 4:00 pm
  • Friday, January 13, 2023, 10:00 am
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 5:00 pm
  • Friday, February 3, 2023, 10:00 am

To register for a session and receive the Zoom link, contact Kathy Laughman, Program Assistant II, at

If Kathy does not respond within 2 business days, call and leave a message (503) 338-2354.

PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND AT LEAST ONE SESSION!  These sessions are not mandatory, but are very helpful.

Participation in hospital-based clinical experiences is an integral portion of the curriculum as a nursing student.  All the hospital-based clinical sites available to Clatsop Community College require proof of vaccination for COVID-19.  To maintain your admission to the program, you will need to provide evidence that you are eligible to participate in clinical activities.  If you have questions regarding the requirements of individual clinical facilities, please contact Doris Jepson,

Clatsop Nursing Program Frequently Asked Questions

What do registered nurses do?

Nursing is a set of deliberate activities involving caring, creative thinking and clinical judgment that assists clients to achieve an optimal level of wellness. Nurses work with clients to promote holistic health through wellness promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration activities. Nurses express personal concern for the well-being of clients by providing personal and skillful care. The nursing profession can offer you a wide variety of exciting options for a career path.


What does the job market look like for registered nurses?

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: “Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 203,200 openings for registered nurses are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.”


Will I be eligible to take the national licensure exam for registered nurses if I graduate from the Clatsop Community College Nursing Program?

Yes. As you near the end of your education in the nursing program, you will be provided with information necessary to apply for and take the NCLEX-RN, the national nursing licensure exam. Upon passing that test and meeting any other requirements of the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN), you will be issued a license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Oregon. Graduates who choose to do so can apply for licensure in any of the 50 states. Nurses may legally be licensed in any state they choose provided they meet licensure standards in each state.


What is OCNE?

The Clatsop Nursing Program is partnered with eleven other Oregon community college programs and all Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Campus programs in a unified approach to nursing education. This statewide partnership is known as the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE). OCNE schools have a common curriculum and admissions timelines. Many of the admission/prerequisite requirements are the same as well.


How can I earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing if I start at Clatsop Community College?

As an OCNE partner school graduate you can seamlessly transition with your AAS degree to the OHSU School of Nursing online completion program for your final year of nursing coursework to receive the Bachelor of Science (BS) with a major in nursing degree. Students must complete the AAS degree and pass the NCLEX-RN before transitioning to OHSU. Other schools, such as Linfield University, also admit program graduates who have their RN license.


How do courses transfer from other institutions?

The Clatsop Registrar’s office works with transfer students to determine what credits may transfer. For more information go to

Read the general information and also the section for "Potential Nursing Applicants."


What will the selection process look like?

The Nursing Program Application Instructions document covers the details of this process. In addition, group Information Sessions are held by the Director of Nursing & Allied Health. There is no requirement to attend a session, but it is strongly encouraged.


How competitive is the entry process for Clatsop’s program?

Admission to Clatsop’s Nursing Program is competitive: for both fall 2021 and fall 2022 admission, approximately 36 applications were processed for 20 seats.  Points are determined after an evaluation of multiple criteria (see Nursing Program Instructions). It is difficult to predict the chances of acceptance in advance. It is important to be as successful as possible in your prerequisite coursework. We strongly advise that applicants complete all the required prerequisite credits by the end of fall term before application and gain work experience in a medical setting.

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