School of Nursing

School of Nursing Bend Program

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Join us in Bend

The OHSU School of Nursing, Portland campus, is expanding to Central Oregon to start a new Bend cohort for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The accelerated nursing program will take place on the Central Oregon Community College (COCC) campus.

Read more about this new partnership in the OHSU News announcement.

Note about Financial Aid
Offering the Accelerated Bachelor of Science program at Central Oregon Community College has been approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), OHSU’s accrediting body, but is still pending approval for Title IV Financial Aid by the United States Department of Education (USDE).

Student Financial Aid
Federal Aid
Federal Financial Aid through OHSU will not be available to students accepted into the Accelerated Bachelor of Science at the Central Oregon Community College location until the USDE has authorized this location, which may or may not occur before July 1, 2024. In addition, financial aid cannot be provided by Central Oregon Community College for enrollment in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science program.

However, if you wish to be considered for federal aid you can start the 2024-25 financial aid application process now. Note: Your application will be reviewed once you are offered admission and the USDE has approved the new location. Additional information on the application process is on the financial aid website. As a student seeking a second Bachelor’s degree, once the location is approved, you can be considered for Federal Student loans such as Federal Direct Stafford Loan funding. 

Non-Federal Aid
Even if you are later awarded a federal loan, there are yearly and aggregate limits on that funding. Therefore, you should also start looking for additional funding sources to cover the total cost of attendance. Some options are scholarships as well as private education loans

If you have questions on financial aid, you can contact the office at or 503-494-7800.

Why our Bend location

Bend is the largest city in Central Oregon but has small-town roots and charm. Bend offers its residents outdoor adventures, thoughtful dining choices, a haven for craft beer lovers, and a very active cultural life with multiple performing spaces both outdoors and indoors.

The Deschutes River runs right through the city's center, providing views and activities year-round; while Mt. Bachelor keeps watch from the near horizon. Bend’s proximity to multiple natural wonders means its residents can kayak, ski, or hike on the same day.

Student experience

This will primarily be a face-to-face program held at COCC; some courses will be delivered online. Students will be required to do clinical hours; these will take place at St. Charles Hospital and community locations in Bend and surrounding areas, including Redmond, La Pine, Madras, Warm Springs, and Prineville.

Clinical sites

Clinical experiences will be offered in Bend and the surrounding area. A list of specific community health spaces will be added soon.

Student resources

Below are some commonly referenced resources by OHSU School of Nursing students:


A headshot of School of nursing faculty and Bend lead Bridgette Bochner. It has a dark gray background.
Bridgette Bochner, Ph.D., RN, CNE, Accelerated Baccalaureate program, Bend Lead Faculty

For specific questions related to the Bend cohort, please reach out to the Admissions team at

Scholarships available

OHSU offers a variety of scholarships that can help fund your education.