School of Nursing

Accelerated Bachelor of Science Programs

Accelerated Bachelor of Science

In order to meet the growing demand for nursing education for people who have or will have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field, OHSU School of Nursing offers an Accelerated Bachelor's of Science with a major in nursing degree program (ABS). The ABS program is designed to allow those students who currently have or will have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a major other than nursing to take the nursing courses required to get the B.S. with a major in nursing. This generalist nursing program is five quarters of full-time nursing coursework starting summer term (Portland and Ashland campuses), fall term (Portland and Ashland campuses) and winter term (Portland campus). This program will prepare the graduate for R.N. licensure and will also give interested students the necessary credentials to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. At the completion of the Bachelor of Science Nursing curriculum, the B.S. degree is awarded and graduates are eligible for professional registered nurse licensing examinations. 

Accelerated Bachelor of Science to PhD or Doctor of Nursing Practice

Earn your bachelor of science with a major in nursing degree in 15 months and transition directly to the

  • PhD in Nursing (Portland only)


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program
    • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (Available in both Portland and Ashland)
    • Nurse-Midwifery (Available in Portland only)
    • Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP) (Available in Portland and Ashland)
    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Available in Portland only)

Students in the accelerated bachelor to DNP or PhD Program who successfully complete the accelerated bachelor of science program of study continue in the graduate program for which they applied. Entrance into the DNP or PhD program begins immediately after successful completion of the accelerated baccalaureate program.

  1.  A competent nurse bases personal and professional actions on a set of shared core nursing values.
  2. A competent nurse uses reflection, self-analysis and self-care to develop insight.
  3. A competent nurse engages in intentional learning.
  4. A competent nurse demonstrates leadership in nursing and health care.
  5. A competent nurse collaborates as part of a health care team.
  6. A competent nurse is able to practice within, utilize, and contribute to all health care systems.
  7. A competent nurse practices relationship-centered care.
  8. A competent nurse communicates effectively.
  9. A competent nurse makes sound clinical judgments.
  10. A competent nurse, locates, evaluates and uses the best available evidence.
Course Catalog

For all program specifics, Student Learning Outcomes and detailed school information, check out the School of Nursing Catalog/Student Handbook.

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