He applied as a freshmen, although (I am not positive) I believe that you can do pre-reqs at PCC which is the local community college. The only reason I did not do that route was because at all the schools I looked at it was much harder to get into the nursing program as a "outsider" rather than those who did their pre-reqs at the school. I understand if you are trying to save money as best as you can, because these schools can get expensive, but it is usually better to do your pre-reqs where you want to go to nursing school. But what you also need to remember is that the expense sucks but it will be worth it in the end!! I would recommend going the 4 year university route just because the chances of getting into actual nursing school are much better. Also!! As far as Oregon state schools the success rate of getting into other nursing schools is very low! Have you looked at Linfield? It's in McMinnville (I'm bias, I am from there!!) which is a great little town like 20 minutes south of Newberg! It has a very well known nursing program as well and gives out amazing scholarships!