School of Nursing

OHSU School of Nursing at La Grande

La Grande Campus Buildings
Patty Barfield, SON faculty and La Grande campus associate dean, smiles at the camera.

Welcome to the OHSU School of Nursing La Grande campus! Our program resides on Oregon’s only rural designated campus, Eastern Oregon University (EOU). Here, you will live and learn while fully immersed in a rural community. With clinical partners across 8 counties and 3 states, travel is an essential part of the La Grande campus experience. Come live, learn, and explore with us!

Patty Barfield, Ph.D., RN
Campus Associate Dean

Join us in La Grande

The OHSU School of Nursing in La Grande offers a 3-year on-campus Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in nursing. Our host campus, Eastern Oregon University, provides a friendly, supportive, and close-knit academic environment where students can thrive. Nestled at the base of the Blue Mountain Range and located in the Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande is a beautiful place to live and learn. 

Why our La Grande campus is right for you

We offer the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the differences between urban and rural health care. The La Grande campus offers clinical experiences across the care continuum in three states and various clinical settings, including critical access and tertiary hospitals, rural health and specialty clinics, and community-based settings. Our academic partners and community members are invested in the success of our students. Our region is known for its natural beauty and outdoor access—come hike, bike, rock climb, camp, fish, raft, paddle board, ski, snowshoe, or soak in the hot springs - there is truly something for everyone.

Simulation lab at La Grande

Recent graduates consistently rated our state-of-the-art simulation lab as one of the highlights of our program. Our simulation lab allows students to experience patient care in a classroom setting. Due to its popularity among our students, we have increased the number of experiences available each year.

Clinical sites

Below is a list of some of the agencies utilized by OHSU School of Nursing in La Grande:

Baker City

  • Baker City Fire Department
  • Baker County Health Department and School-Based Clinic
  • Baker Relief Nursey
  • Baker School District
  • Community Connections of Northeast Oregon
  • Encompass Health
  • Heart 'N Home Hospice & Palliative Care 
  • New Directions Northwest
  • Powder River Correctional Institute
  • Saint Alphonsus Medical Center and Clinics
  • Settler’s Park – Baker City Senior Living
  • St. Luke’s Clinic - Eastern Oregon Medical Associates


  • Harney County Health Department
  • Harney District Hospital


  • Building Health Families 
  • Community Connections of Northeast Oregon
  • Vitalita Wallowa
  • Wallowa County Health Care District
  • Wallowa Memorial Hospital
  • Wallowa Memorial Medical Clinics
  • Winding Waters Clinic
  • Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness 


  • Morrow County Health District - Pioneer Memorial Hospital
  • Morrow County Health Department
  • InterMountain Education Service District


  • Good Shepherd Health Care System
  • Mirasol Family Health Center
  • Umatilla County Health Department

John Day

  • Blue Mountain Hospital
  • Grant County Health Department
  • Strawberry Wilderness Community Clinic

La Grande

  • Camp Elkanah
  • Community Connections of Northeast Oregon (Union County Senior Center)
  • Encompass Health
  • Eastern Oregon University (GOASAP, Head Start, Student Health Center)
  • Fresenius Medical Care Holdings
  • Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics
  • Grande Ronde Retirement Center 
  • Center for Human Development
  • Heart 'N Home Hospice & Palliative Care 
  • Heidi Ho Preschool and Kindergarten
  • InterMountain Education Service District
  • La Grande Fire Department
  • La Grande School District
  • La Grande Post-Acute Rehab
  • La Grande Urgent Care (Praxis Health)
  • Mt Emily Safe Center
  • Northeast Oregon Network
  • Oregon Youth Authority
  • Shelter from the Storm
  • St Luke's Health System – Psychiatric Wellness
  • Union County Warming Station
  • Union County Community Corrections
  • Union County Safe Communities Coalition (Emergency Services)
  • Veterans Clinic


  • CHI St. Anthony Hospital
  • Eastern Oregon Correctional Facility
  • InterMountain Education Service District
  • Umatilla County Health Department
  • Yellowhawk Tribal Health Clinic


  • Lifeways - Ontario Recovery Center
  • Malheur County Health Department
  • Saint Alphonsus Medical Center (Hospital and Clinic)
  • Snake River Correctional Institute 
  • Snake River Pediatrics
  • St. Luke’s Health System - Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Center
  • Valley Family Health Care


  • Two Rivers Correctional Institute

Idaho (Boise, Meridian, Nampa, New Plymouth, Eagle, Caldwell)

  • Lifeways
  • Saint Alphonsus Medical Center 
  • St. Luke’s Health System
  • Terry Reilly Health Services
  • Valley Family Health Care
  • Veterans Affairs - Boise VA Medical Center

Washington (Richland, Walla Walla)

  • Kadlec Regional Medical Clinic
  • Providence St. Mary Medical Center

Course-specific details

Information for textbooks and course materials will be provided to incoming students the summer before matriculation. Newly admitted students should review their emails for ordering details, or they can contact the campus directly by emailing

The following is considered essential equipment for nursing students and should be purchased before the second week of the first term.

  • Waterproof watch with second hand. Digital watches are not acceptable.
  • Stethoscope - students are required to purchase a stethoscope for clinical. Personal stethoscopes should be labeled with the student's name. A stethoscope with bell and diaphragm components (dual stethoscope) is recommended. Check with a nursing instructor for additional information regarding the selection of a stethoscope. Some suggestions are:
    • Match MateII
    • McCoy Nurse/EMT kit
    • Littman Classic II
    • McCoy Stethoscopes
  • Penlight

The EOU Bookstore stocks many of these items.