What is the RNBS program for and how is it structured?

The RNBS program is for current RNs who already have their associate's degree or diploma in nursing and are ready to earn their Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing. The RNBS program is designed for working RNs with classes offered online, a two-day intensive (usually in Salem), and two clinical placements in your home community (in Oregon). 

How does the RNBS program relate to the OCNE curriculum?
The OHSU School of Nursing has partnered with eight of Oregon's community colleges to develop and implement the innovative Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) curriculum.  Students entering the RNBS Program from OCNE partner schools move directly into senior level OCNE courses and complete a total of 33 nursing credits at OHSU. Students who have graduated from a non-OCNE community college will complete two three-credit "transition" courses and then move into the senior level OCNE courses. All RNBS students graduate with an OHSU Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing degree.        

How long is the program? 
Students typically take two to three nursing courses a term which takes between 6 to 12 quarters depending on how many non-nursing courses they have left to complete. Full time students can complete the program in 3 to 4 terms. All required courses (both nursing and non-nursing requirements remaining upon admission) must be completed within five years of admission in order to graduate.  

Does the program have residency restrictions?
RNBS students must live in the state of Oregon or in the counties that border Oregon in Washington, Idaho, or California. Clinical options are not available for people who live beyond this area, and thus they are not eligible for this program.  

Is there any required in-person instruction? 
The one-day in-person orientation is mandatory. In terms of courses, most courses are fully online, with exception of clinical placements and one intensive. The intensive is held in Salem (occasionally Portland), and requires attendance for a two 2-day session during the term students take NRS 410B. Attendance at graduation is not required but it is highly encouraged.

* OCNE partner schools are Blue Mountain, Clackamas, Lane, Mt. Hood, Portland, Rogue, Southwestern Oregon, and Umpqua Community colleges. Treasure Valley Community College will begin offering the OCNE curriculum in fall 2014.