Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply?

There are several steps to the application process, including the TEAS-V entrance exam, and submission of answers to Short Answer Questions along with the application. Information is available on the Nursing Program Application web page.

How many applicants apply each year? How many students are admitted each year?

In 2017 we had 147 applicants for 44 positions
In 2016 we had 158 applicants for 45 positions
Each year we have 4 alternates. If alternates are not given a spot in the program, they are guaranteed admission in the next year’s cohort.

How does COCC's Nursing Program select applicants?

We accept applicants based on a point system. Please refer to the Nursing Selection Process Handbook. Plan to also attend a Nursing Program Information Session.

Do I have an advantage if I have applied previously and wish to reapply?

 No. You will not receive points for reapplication.

Is it better to get my application in early?

We do not process applications until after application deadline in June. Although we do not recommend waiting until the last minute, there is no advantage to early submission of the application.

I have submitted my application... when will I know if I have been accepted?

Our goal is to get the letters in the mail about a week after July 4th. We offer no guarantee that we will meet that goal. Your letter will be mailed to the address listed in your Personal Information file which is located in the Student & Staff Online Services section of your Bobcat Web Account. We recommend that you verify the accuracy of that address when you submit your application to the Nursing Program.


What is the cost of COCC's Nursing program?

Click here for the Admitted Nursing Student Estimated Expenses.

What financial aid is available for COCC Nursing Students?

Students are eligible for financial aid through the FAFSA. In addition to completing the Nursing Application, students who wish to use financial aid while in the program should also complete the FAFSA financial aid application during the application process. Information can be found on the COCC Financial Aid website. Additionally, once accepted into the Nursing program, students may seek scholarships from private sources, such as fraternal organizations, non-profits, and corporations.

Does COCC's Nursing program require full-time attendance?

 The admitted Nursing student is enrolled in 9 - 11 credits each term. The curriculum is demanding and feels like a full-time load. Class, clinical and study time can easily consume 40-60 hours a week.

What hours of the day and what days of the week will I be in school?

Times vary, but generally you may be scheduled anywhere between 7am to 11pm Monday through Friday. The Nursing curriculum consists of class, lab and clinical coursework.

Can students work while in the program?

 Once admitted to the program students have the greatest potential for success if they plan to focus solely on their education. Therefore, we recommend that the student not work. If the student must work, s/he should work only part-time (8-12 hours a week) if possible.

How long does it take to complete COCC's Nursing program?

The prerequisites required for application to the Nursing program take 1-2 years to complete (depending on the student's academic preparedness and class load). Once admitted the Nursing program is 2 years long, and students attend every fall, winter and spring term. The student has summer term and winter and spring breaks off while in the program.

Are there other requirements I need to know about?

Where do COCC Nursing Students Complete their clinical work?

Links to our Clinical Facilities are available on our COCC Nursing Program Facilities web page.


Is it possible to earn a Bachelor's degree in Nursing without leaving Central Oregon?

Yes. After the completion of the AAS in Nursing, students can complete their Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) online through Linfield College or Oregon Health Sciences University. Take a look at our Bachelor of Science Completion Program web page


Is housing available on the Bend Campus?

Yes. Information is available at Housing and Residence Life.