I thought my husband could best answer your question, as he is a Chiropractor and has worked with all kinds of other health care providers.
You have an intersting opportunity. Here in Utah, you could become a nurse practioner, which are peer-reviewed by other NP's and do not have to work under an MD or DO supervisor, but I don't know if that is allowed in Oregon. A BSN is a worthwhile degree, but will likely put you into an administrative position rather than direct patient care. Western States has one of the best Chiropractic programs in the world, and if you practice in Oregon you will have the broadest scope of practice. The business of medicine presents the same risk and benefits as it has in the past, and relies not only how well you can perform your clinical and technical skills, but also how well you can run a business. I am licensed as a Chiropractic physician in Utah, and formally as a Chiropractor in California before moving to Utah, and feel it was a good choice. For you it will depend on what you want to do. If you enjoy hands on direct patient care, along with using diagnostic tests, from the start to the end of care, with you providing all of the care yourself, in a sole proprietor out patient clinic, then you should consider going to WSCC and earning a DC degree. If prefer administrative work, in a multi-disciplinary setting, either a Hospital or large facility, and you are less interested in providing direct care, and want to supervise and manage patients, then you might be happier doing something else. You could, of course, do both, but that is a lot of time, effort and expense. Neither nursing or Chiropractic are dying professions, and have lots of room to grow. Of course, if you aren't sure if you want to be be a DC, or perhaps might want to have a broader scope of practice, like being an MD, you might consider becoming a DO, an Ostepathic physician (a medical doctor, who also has some adjusting skills similar to a Dc, and is more holistic in perspective). My younger brother choose this option, in Texas, and has been very happy. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact me. Sincerely yours, Dr. Haggart