Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing | 90% NCLEX Pass Rates

For over a century, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing has maintained a commitment to its students as it continues to strive for and surpass excellence while providing a quality nursing education.


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  • Programs RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, PhD, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, BSN-to-PhD, BSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, MSN to PhD, NP, CRNA, CNM, Other
  • Location Portland, OR
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OHSU is a non-profit public higher education university located in the urban setting of the medium-sized city of Portland, Oregon.  The history of Oregon Health & Science University began in 1910 as a training school for nurses.  Over the last century, the OHSU School of Nursing has thrived and flourished as it continues to provide a high-quality education for nurses who serve Oregonians. 

Campus Locations

OHSU has a total of five campuses including the virtual campus where the students enjoy distance learning: Ashland, Monmouth, Klamath Falls, Portland, La Grande.

BS with a major in nursing program:  Ashland campus, Klamath Falls campus, La Grande campus, Monmouth campus, Portland campus

Accelerated BS Program:  Portland and Ashland Campus

Undergraduate

Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Accelerated BS
  • RN -BS Completion

Program Specifics

Accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree - This Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree offers students who have bachelor degrees in other fields and would now like to become nurses. This course will award students credits with their other bachelor degrees, therefore they will be accelerated for prerequisites. 

3-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (OCNE) - The Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education enables Oregon nursing programs to expand and offer their programs to students to receive their BSN degree while preparing graduates with competencies that help with addressing the needs of Oregon’s healthcare population.

RN-BS - There are two ways an RN can earn his or her BSN through this program option. Students can be currently attending a nursing program affiliated with the OCNE and transfer directly or applicants with a prior Associate's in nursing degree from a non-OCNE school can complete their Bachelors degree.

Graduate

Master's Degrees

Accelerated Bachelor to Master's (Family, Nurse-Midwifery or Psychiatric Mental Health) -The Bachelor’s to Master’s program can be completed within two years of full-time enrollment or stay three years and graduate with a DNP.

Accelerated Bachelor to PhD - This program is designed for nurses who want to complete their PhD from a Bachelor’s level. The program can be completed within 15 months.

RNBS to Masters - The School of Nursing offers two RNBS to Master's in nursing pathways: Nursing Education (MNE) and Health Systems and Organizational Leadership (HSOL). Students are able to choose their area of interest directly after completing the baccalaureate nursing degree.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) - This program prepares students to manage the older adult population and their health conditions.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary/Acute Care - The program is designed to prepare Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) to specialize in the care of children from birth to 21 years of age across healthcare settings.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) - Students can opt to enroll in the Masters of Nursing (MN) or the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The FNP DNP program is the terminal degree for a family nurse practitioner.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates for advanced specialty practice with a focus on psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. 

Nurse Anesthesia - The OHSU Nurse Anesthesia Program prepares registered nurses to become advanced practitioners with a specialty in anesthesia. The graduates are prepared to administer anesthesia in hospital or clinic settings to include, but not limited to, surgical and obstetric patients. Students will also earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree upon completion of the 27-month program.  The majority of courses are offered face-to-face on campus.  Core courses may be offered in an on-line or hybrid format.  There are two anesthesia pharmacology courses offered on-line.

A Master’s degree in nursing can be earned in two years, at a full-time status, or three years and graduate with a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree.

Accelerated Bachelor to Master's (Family, Nurse-Midwifery or Psychiatric Mental Health) -The Bachelor’s to Master’s program can be completed within two years of full-time enrollment or stay three years and graduate with a DNP.

Accelerated Bachelor to PhD - This program is designed for nurses who want to complete their PhD from a Bachelor’s level and transfer into the PhD into the nursing program to be completed within 15 months.

RNBS to Masters - The School of Nursing offers an RNBS to Masters in nursing pathway with two pathways: Nursing Education (MNE) and Health Systems and Organizational Leadership (HSOL). Students are able to choose their area of interest directly after their baccalaureate nursing degree.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program prepares students to manage the older adult population and their health conditions.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary/Acute Care - The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Program is designed to prepare advanced practice registered nurses to specialize in the care of children from birth to 21 years of age across healthcare settings.

Family Nurse Practitioner - Students can opt to enroll in the Masters of Nursing (MN) or the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The FNP DNP program is the terminal degree for a family nurse practitioner, preparing the nurse for the highest expertise in the field.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates for advanced specialty practice with a focus on psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. 

Nurse Anesthesia - The OHSU Nurse Anesthesia Program prepares registered nurses to become advanced practitioners with a specialty in the anesthesia. The graduates are prepared to administer anesthesia in hospital or clinic settings to surgical and obstetrics patients. Students will also earn a Master of Nursing degree upon completion of the 27-month program.  The majority of courses are offered face to face on campus.  Core courses may be offered as an on-line or hybrid format.  There are two anesthesia pharmacology courses are offered as on-line courses.

Outcome Data ~ Class of 2015

Attrition rate: 7%

National Certification Exam 1st time pass rate: 92%

Employment as Nurse Anesthetists within 6 months of graduation: 100%

Nurse-Midwifery Educational Pathways

If a student enters the Nurse-Midwifery program after completing a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, the full-time student typically is eligible for nurse-midwifery certification after completing 2 years of didactic and clinical education and receiving the master of nursing degree.

Those who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing enter the program as Accelerated Bachelor's Program/ Nurse-Midwifery Graduate students. Students are able to choose their specialty of midwifery at this time. The program is a rigorous accelerated bachelor's in nursing program which culminates in receiving a Master in Nursing (MN) degree.  They are then eligible to sit for nurse-midwifery certification.

Both pathways include the option to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, which adds an additional year to the educational time frame after certification.

Health Systems & Organizational Leadership - The Health Systems and Organizational Leadership program prepares nurses for roles in a variety of organizational settings from acute care, long term care, community care, and beyond. 

Nursing Education - This program is designed for nurses who want to become faculty members in a school of nursing and help train new nurses in the classroom and clinical settings.

Graduate programs now offered via distance delivery:

  • Master's Degree in Public Health
  • Master's Degree in Nursing Education

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Three pathways exist to the DNP

  1. Post Baccalaureate (BS) (BSN) for those who desire to become an advanced practice nurse and earn a DNP
  2. Post Master's program for those who hold a Masters degree as an APRN or in healthcare management, leadership or administration
  3. Students may choose to earn a second APRN specialty and complete the DNP

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Students who are choosing to complete a PhD degree can usually complete it within two years. During that time, students are able to be under the independent guidance of a faculty Dissertation Chair. Upon completion of their research, students submit a dissertation either in a traditional format or a manuscript-based dissertation.

Applicants may enter the program with a prior master's degree in nursing or with a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Highlights of the PhD

The PhD degree is research-intensive to prepare nurse scientists

The total time to complete the PhD is 3-7 years

Courses are taught face-to-face on the Portland campus

OHSU offers a health sciences campus with access to laboratories, clinical populations and research centers

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in nursing, Master's in Nursing (MN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs are accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) accredited the Nurse-Midwifery Program.

The Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

Accolades/Rankings

In 2016, the US News & World Report ranked the OHSU graduate nurse-midwifery program in the top tier training programs.

Nationally, the OHSU School of Nursing is ranked seventh among schools of nursing. Its graduate programs consistently rank in the top two percent of 350 graduate programs in the U.S. (Rankings provided by US News and World Report.)

The National Institutes of Health consistently selects Oregon Health & Science University as one of the top schools funded.

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    May 6, 10:49 am by
    Overall: 4.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 4 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2019

    My Experience

    I am a current student and have loved it. The classes are difficult and we go through a lot of material quickly but we have a lot of great support to help us get through it. There are a lot of activities to get involved in and all in all, there is a great supportive environment.

    About The Staff

    The staff is awesome. There will always be SOMEONE who is less helpful but overall, everyone is kind and supportive. Instructors have a lot of experience and are always willing to help understand the material. I am so happy that I made the choice to go to OHSU.

  2. Anonymous
    May 2, 9:10 am by Student
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    Recommend: 1 stars
    Experience: 1 stars
    Staff: 3 stars
    Academics: 3 stars
    Costs: 4 stars
    Support: 2 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2016

    My Experience

    My experience with OHSU is that they were massively disorganized during the BSN with very unclear instructions, and yet very rigid about assignments, which is a frustrating combination. I've been pretty unhappy during my time at OHSU and haven't felt very well supported by the school.

    About The Staff

    Some staff are wonderful, talented, and truly care. Others should not be in the classroom due to disorganization. Yet some of the worse teachers must have tenure because they are still teaching after many complaints.

    Things To Know

    From talking to hospital staff, I've learned that OHSU graduates have a reputation for being very smart but not having any skills. Managers have told me that they hire OHSU grads because of their potential and that they are worth training even though they show up on day 1 with a poor grasp of clinical nursing skills. They say the community college graduates have better clinical skills. If I were to do it all over again, I would go to community college, start working, and get my bachelor's online. Many hospitals will pay tuition after working for them for a while.

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