School of Nursing

RNBS Completion - Online

RNBS graduates from the OHSU School of Nursing

Why the bachelors completion online program at OHSU?

  • Online delivery with national certification for quality course design
  • Innovative clinical experiences in your community (clinical partners across the state)
  • Award winning faculty (all experienced RNs) committed to community health and health equity
  • Nationally recognized concept-based curriculum
  • Opportunities for international exchange program in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Located where you live and work!
Quality Matters Certified

8 RNBS courses are certified by Quality Matters, a national organization for hybrid and fully remote courses to meet rigorous standards for teaching and learning. Certified courses ensure alignment between objectives, assignments, and instructional materials as well as quality design in navigation and accessibility. QM certification serves as a commitment to creating and maintaining an environment of excellence and quality.  Learn more

RNBS Statement regarding COVID and 410B Capstone clinical

The impact of Covid 19 on the NRS 410B Population Health Practice Clinical Hours:

The arrival and continuation of Covid 19 altered our usual opportunity for on-site community placement hours (120 hours) for the NRS 410B Population Health Practice course.

Many of our community partners are unable to accommodate students on-site due to closures, lack of staffing or unpredictable hours/resources. Also, on-site clinical hours (8-10 hours/week) posed challenges for students as they juggled additional work hours, quarantine, childcare/homeschool obligations, etc. Thus, at this time, all 120 clinical hours transitioned to three Concept Based Learning Activities (CBLA).

The CBLAs provide learning experience and practice within three main topics; 1) Primary Care, 2) Building Partnerships through Community Action Projects and 3) Economic Impact of Population Health.

We are confident this alternative model of clinical hours provide students with new, meaningful and applicable confidence and competency. We anticipate this model of clinical hour delivery to be in place through Summer 2022 after which hybrid models are being considered.

Our RNBS online program is convenient, flexible and affordable.

Students on this pathway will join recent nursing graduates and experienced licensed nurses in our virtual classroom on a full- or part-time basis. Courses are delivered by expert nurse educators;theory courses are online and clinical hours are completed at sites within the students' home community. We also have global opportunities for completing population based clinical hours!

All students in the RNBS program must have an RN license by the end of the first term of the RNBS program. 

    Graduates from Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) Partner Schools

    As an OCNE partner school graduate you can seamlessly transition with your associate's degree (AD) to the OHSU School of Nursing for your final year of nursing coursework to receive the Bachelor's of Science (BS) with a major in nursing degree.

    Delivery method

    Primarily asynchronous online learning for theory courses. Clinical courses are hybrid (mix of face-to-face at clinical site and online assignments).

    Opportunities for innovative practice experience in community settings. In many settings this includes care coordination and interprofessional collaboration for the care of vulnerable populations across their lifespan. 

    • Leadership and Outcomes Management (NRS 412) experience occurs in a virtual health system (online) where students are able to interact with faculty and peers while accommodating their personal schedules. 
    • Population Health Practice (NRS 410B) clinical assignments are located in the students' home communities across Oregon, or global opportunities exist to complete clinical hours in Thailand during winter term.
    • Integrative Practicum (NRS 426A) is an independent experiential course  focused on systems and health issues for local communities.

    RNBS to Master's program

    The School of Nursing also offers two pathways from the RNBS program to Master's program

    These dual enrollment options allow students to pre-identify their graduate area of interest when they apply to the RNBS program and if accepted to be seamlessly enrolled in the MNE or HSOL programs. As part of these pathways student will continue with the Master of Nursing program upon completion of the B.S. degree in nursing. Additional application items are required.

    The Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) curriculum is based on 10 core competencies (listed below).  These competences form our overarching Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for all undergraduate programs. The OCNE competencies are based on a view of nursing as a theory-guided, safety-oriented, evidence-based discipline.

    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.

    1-10 updated and approved June 2020.

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    RNBS Q&A with Veronica Nieto (RNBS Academic Advisor), Assistant Professor, Gail Wolf and, Admissions Counselor, Nicole Thompson.

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