Oregon offers U.S. west coast students a wide variety of nursing education through its colleges, universities and medical centers. The University of Portland, for example, provides prospective students with a BSN, MSN, an RN-to-MSN and a doctoral program. They also provide an “Alternate Entry Master’s Program” for individuals with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in a non-nursing field who seek to enter the profession of nursing. They also offer the Army/Air Force ROTC Nursing program. Other programs in Portland and throughout the state are offered in community colleges, where students can earn diplomas or associate degree, and some institutions offer the BSN or MSN as well. You can begin your nursing career at such schools as Walla Walla College in Portland, Umpqua Community College in Roseburg or Pioneer Pacific College with campuses in Eugene and Springfield.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $14,000 and $79,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. Upon graduation, you can seek a career at some of the largest employers in the state, including Legacy Health System in Portland. This is one of Oregon’s largest and best-known health systems, with more than 8,500 employees. Another opportunity to work at a large organization includes Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), the state’s only health and research university. OHSU provides leading-edge health care services to patients throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. OHSU Hospital and its Doernbecher Children’s hospital both are located on a one-hundred-acre campus in Portland. Samaritan Health Services comprises a network of Oregon hospitals, physicians and senior-care facilities that serve the health needs of residents in mid-Willamette Valley and the central Oregon coastal region with headquarters in Corvallis. Providence Health System also serves a wide area, with hospitals and medical centers located in Hood River, Medford, Portland and Seaside. These facilities represent just a few of the many medical opportunities in Oregon that await the nursing graduate.