Career Pathways

In Oregon, there are multiple levels of nursing education and licensure/certification.

CNA 1 - Certified Nursing Assistant Level 1
  • Employed by long-term care facilities (nursing homes) and home-care agencies.
  • Assist patients in activities of daily living and assist LPNs and RNs in the care of patients at home or in long-term care facilities.
 CNA 2 - Certified Nursing Assistant Level 2
  • Employed by acute care facilities (hospitals).
  • Assist patients in activities of daily living; monitor patient vital signs, and assist RNs in the care of hospitalized patients. 
 LPN - Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Employed by long-term care facilities, medical offices, and public health departments.
  • Provide care of stable patients, perform procedures, reinforce patient education.

 RN - Registered Nurse, Associate of Applied Science

  • Employed by hospitals, medical offices, long term care facilities, and public health departments.
  • Provide patient assessment, patient care, and patient education and complete a variety of treatments and procedures.
 RN, BSN - Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Science
  • Employed by hospitals, medical offices, long term care facilities and public health departments.
  • RN, BSN graduates provide patient assessment, patient care, patient education and complete a variety of treatments and procedures; they can progress to nursing administration and leadership roles. 
  • They also have the option of pursuing a Master's or Nurse Practioner degree in Nursing.
 Nursing Graduate Degrees
  • After completion of the RN, BSN students may further their education by pursuing a Masters in Nursing or a Nurse Practioner program at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.

 

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