RN to BSN in Oregon

Nursing professionals in Oregon enjoy a bright career outlook compared to many parts of the country. The relatively small number of available nursing schools has generated a small workforce: fewer than 40,000 registered nurses are employed in this state, with an average age of 54. Primarily employed in hospitals, many of these nurses will be retiring soon, creating job openings for younger nurses.

A recent survey by state nursing officials revealed that more than 60% of current nursing school faculty are considering leaving education. This future dearth of nursing school faculty means that the time is right for aspiring nurse educators to earn higher degrees. Registered nurses pursuing a BSN gain the stepping stone to this and a number of other career advancements in Oregon; read on for a summary of programs.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Oregon

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Oregon’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

Oregon Health & Sciences University

$ 452 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

May 15th and December 1st

  • Students with associate degrees can complete the BSN in 33 credit hours of study; diploma-prepared RNs require an additional 6 hours of transitional study.
  • A two-day conference at the end of the program requires all students’ personal attendance.
  • Practicum experiences will be arranged close to participants’ homes.
  • Residents in the border states of Washington, Idaho and California are welcome.
Online 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR 97239-3098

Walla Walla University

$ 9,734 per semester

Application Deadlines

February 1st

  • This university is located in eastern Washington state, but all nursing students at WWU complete the final two years of the BSN on the Portland, Oregon campus. RNs are welcome to join the Portland program after prerequisites are met.
  • Acceptance into this program is based on available space. All cohorts begin in the summer.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.25.
Campus 204 S College Ave
College Place, WA 99324-1198

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Oregon that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Oregon that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Oregon has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Oregon is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of Oregon RN’s with a BSN?

No specific plans announced.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

No specific plans announced.


What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

No specific plans announced.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

No specific plans announced.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

No specific plans announced.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

No specific plans announced.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

No specific plans announced.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

No specific plans announced.

Contact Info

Mary Rita Hurley

Executive Director
Oregon Center for Nursing

Leslie Ray

Patient Safety Consultant
Oregon Patient Safety Commission

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Oregon Action Coalition page and their Action Coalition Status Report (opens as PDF).

Oregon Licensing

Oregon is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). An Oregon nursing license is only valid within Oregon. For licensing information, visit the Oregon Department of Health and Human Services.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

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