Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to common questions about the Nursing program at COCC
How long has COCC had a Nursing program?
COCC's Nursing program began in the 1940's.
Is COCC's program an Associate's Degree or a Bachelor's degree program?
COCC offers a Certificate in Practical Nursing and an Associates of Applied Science
in Nursing (AAS) degree. Students must complete specific prerequisite course work
and then apply for admission to the Nursing program. Once admitted, students begin
the Nursing coursework. After successful completion of the 1st year of Nursing courses the student is eligible to take the NCLEX-PN exam to become
a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the state of Oregon. Upon successful completion
of the 2nd year of the Nursing course work the student is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam
to become a Registered Nurse (RN).
Sounds good... how can I learn more?
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
What is the cost of COCC's Nursing program?
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
Where do COCC Nursing Students Complete their clinical work?
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.
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.
Am I too old for Nursing school? I have a disability... can I be a Nurse?
We have students from all age groups and walks of life. There are many career change
students represented in the program. Students must be able to perform the duties required
of a nurse. Information on these requirements can be found in the Nursing Program Entrance and Technical Standards
Is housing available on the Bend Campus?
Will I need a car while in Nursing school?
Most likely. Clinical locations are scattered across the Central Oregon District.
Clinical hours are often outside to the availability hours of public transportation
(early mornings and late evenings). You must have access to reliable transportation.
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.
I have young children... are there any issues I should be concerned about if I am
accepted into the Nursing program?
To be eligible for licensure the Oregon State Board of Nursing requires successful
completion of the Nursing program and completion of a specified number of clinical
hours (time spent in the hospital setting). Therefore, it is imperative that you have
reliable childcare, particularly ill-child care. You cannot plan to take a week off
when your child gets the flu. You also must have someone who can handle urgent issues
for you, such as a child who needs to be picked up from school due to illness or injury.
How many applicants apply each year? How many students are admitted each year?
In 2012 we had 157 applicants for 48 positions.
In 2011 we had 191 applicants for 46 positions.
In 2010 we had 157 applicants for 45 positions.
In 2009 we had 140 applicants for 37 positions.
Each year we have 4 alternates. If alternates are not given a spot in the program,
they are guaranteed admission the following year if seats are available.
How does COCC's Nursing Program select applicants?
Do I have an advantage if I have applied previously and wish to reapply?
No. You will not receive points for reapplication.
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
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.
Do I need to submit the application before I can register for or take the TEAS-V exam?
No. It does not matter whether you take the TEAS-V first or submit the Application
first. Information about the TEAS-V exam can be found on the Nursing Program Application
I notice that you have TEAS-V testing dates available the day before the application
deadline... is it ok to take it then, or is that too late?
Yes, you can take it then. You will be given your score immediately upon completion
of the exam. Our staff will enter your score into the Nursing Admissions Checklist
the next business day.
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.