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 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations. About 193,100 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.” http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm
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 ten 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 as part of 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 general information about the transfer of courses from other institutions, go to https://www.clatsopcc.edu/academic-path/transfer-credits/
For information regarding the transfer of credits for the required pre-requisite courses, see the Degree & Transfer Information section above.
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: In recent years, an average of approximately 36 applications were processed for 20 seats. For fall 2023, twenty-four (24) applicants were admitted. The number of seats available for fall 2024 has yet to be decided. Points are determined after an evaluation of multiple criteria (see Nursing Program Application 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.