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. Upon successful completion of the program, you are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

After successfully completing the two-year ADN program, you will receive an Associate of Applied Science – Nursing Degree and are eligible to take the licensing exam for registered nursing (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.

Detailed information about the nursing program and the classes can be found in the 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 grade point average, course work completed, residency, previous degrees, and a proctored essay.


The Clatsop Community College Nursing Program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

Minimum Application Qualifications and Evaluation of Applications (Points System) for 2020, please click here (459 kb).

  • Applications are accepted after January 4, 2021
  • Application deadline for fall 2021 is February 16, 2021
  • Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. 

Nursing Program Application Submission Information 2021


Nursing Application 2021


TEAS exams are mandatory for applicants. Schedule a test time by calling the CCC Welcome Center at 503-338-2411. The testing center is located at Clatsop Community College in Columbia Hall Rm 110 on the following dates:


  • Days and times are yet to be determined.


On CCC campus in Columbia Hall Rm 219:


  • Dates and times are to be determined.

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

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 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives.”


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.


How do courses transfer from other institutions?

Contact the Clatsop Registrar’s office at


What will the selection process look like?

The Nursing Program Application Submission Information document covers the details of this process. In addition, group Information Sessions are held by the Director of Nursing & Allied Health in conjunction with representatives from advising. 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 fall 2020 admission, 47 applications were processed for 20 seats. Points are determined after an evaluation of multiple criteria (see Nursing Program Information). 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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