COCC's Nursing program provides a career ladder with exit points at the Practical Nurse (PN) and Registered Nurse (RN) levels. All students, regardless of desired exit point, complete the required prerequisite courses, then apply Spring term, and if accepted, enter the Nursing program together Fall term. Admission is competitive. Nursing Program Information sessions are held multiple times each year to explain minimum qualifications, selection criteria, and general information about the COCC nursing program. Attending a Nursing Program Information session is the first step for those interested in the Nursing program. Information on the program requirements, prerequisite courses, application and selection process is available in the Selection Process Handbook - see Related Links.
Practical Nursing, Certificate
- Awarded after completion of all prerequisites, acceptance into the Nursing program, and subesquent successful completion of Nursing 106, 107, and 108.
- Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN and apply for PN licensure by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN).
Registered Nursing, Associates of Applied Science
- Awarded after completion of all prerequisites, acceptance into the Nursing program, and subsequent successful completion of Nursing 106, 107, 108, 206, 207, and 208
- Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN and apply for RN licensure by the OSBN.
New Oregon Health Authority Law Effective July 1, 2014
Per the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 409-030-0100, beginning July 1, 2014, health profession students will need to meet a standardized, universal set of administrative requirements prior to doing clinical training in Oregon. For most students, satisfying the requirements once will be sufficient for all subsequent clinical training experiences. The consensus requirements were developed with input from a wide range of training programs, clinical sites, and regulatory agencies. See the OHA Student Information Sheet for more details.
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