If you want to become a nurse but have struggled with going back to school, the accelerated BSN degree might be a good option for you. Many Oregon graduates with non nursing degrees are returning to Oregon and online schools to earn an accelerated BSN degree.
An accelerated BSN degree can be earned in as little as 12 to 18 months, since many of your degree requirements have been met by your first degree. To learn more about how you can enter the career of nursing by earning a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree, request information from the schools on our list. We have featured those programs that offer online options below, as many students prefer the flexibility and freedom they offer.
Click on the links below to submit your request for information to schools, and keep in mind that the more you know about the programs, the better informed you will be when it comes to making a decision about which school is right for you.
Accelerated BSN Curriculum in Oregon
With a previous Bachelor's degree and prerequisite science courses, you can start a Bachelor's degree in nursing quickly. Many Oregon schools start sessions every January and May, offering you two chances to start in a program. Generally, you can expect to complete your degree one year or so after you start, depending upon your course load and schedule.
The coursework portion of accelerated BSN programs in Oregon is similar to that of ADN and BSN students. You will first learn the skills and techniques used by nurses in every nursing setting. Then you will focus on nursing specialties; this part of your education is unique to BSN programs, which may give you an edge over Associate's degree nurses.
Specific classes vary between Oregon programs, but most programs contain courses in the following areas:
- Maternity/labor & delivery care
- Nursing for children and adolescents
- Nursing management/leadership
- Nursing research
Career Outlook in Oregon
Oregon has one of the highest median salaries for nurses in the country. The salary range for nurses goes from $57,000 to $100,800, as reported by O*Net. The median salary for nurses is $78,800 per year. After getting some experience under your belt or pursuing additional certification, you may be able to earn a salary at the higher end of the scale.
According to O*Net, there are expected to be about 1,450 new nursing jobs per year in Oregon. Some of the largest nursing employers in Oregon include Allied Medical, Serenity Hospice and Palliative Care, Brookdale Senior Living, and Saint Alphonsus Health System.
Licensing Considerations in Oregon
One of the most exciting days in your nursing career may be the day that you receive your nursing license. Shortly after completing your nursing program, you will be able to take the NCLEX-RN exam. This exam will test everything you learned in your accelerated BSN program. Upon passing this exam, you can apply for your license from the Oregon Board of Nursing.
Once you have received your license, it is active for two years before it must be renewed. Before you can renew your license, you must have proof of 30 hours of continuing education.
Nurses interested in becoming leaders in the community can join the Oregon Nurses Association. Nurses where you can learn more about the profession, and receive regular updates on nursing legislation in Oregon.