School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science Programs

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The OHSU School of Nursing offers three different paths to earn your B.S. with a major in nursing. No matter which one is right for you, you will get a high-quality education unmatched in Oregon.

As a nursing student at OHSU, you will find opportunities to: 

  • Experience a range of clinical specialties in communities across Oregon. 
  • Grow your career or continue your education at OHSU, right away or in the future. 
  • Learn from top nursing educators who are also researchers and care providers. 
  • Learn about leading-edge research happening right here at OHSU. 

Flexible B.S. with a major in nursing degree programs at OHSU 

Explore our programs and find your fit. With five campuses across Oregon, an online program, and dual admissions pathways to continue your education, Oregon’s future nurses belong at OHSU.  

On-campus B.S. with a major in nursing 

Earn your Bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing at one of our five regional campuses. Graduates can take the licensing exam and start a nursing career. 

You: A future nurse with college experience. 

Prerequisites: 45 quarter/30 semester credits in prerequisite courses

Program length: 3 years (9 terms) for full-time students 

Location: Choose from our campuses in Ashland, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Monmouth and Portland. 

Accelerated B.S. with a major in nursing 

This full-time, fast-paced program lets you quickly prepare for a career in nursing. We offer options to continue directly to our D.N.P. or Ph.D. programs.

You: Have a bachelor’s degree in another field, but are ready to pursue a career in nursing.

Prerequisites: A bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and approximately 30 quarter/20 semester credits in prerequisite courses
Length: 15 months  

Location: Choose our Portland, Ashland or Bend campuses. 

Online RN to B.S. with a major in nursing

Advance your nursing career by earning your Bachelor’s degree. This flexible program accepts applicants year-round and is perfect for working nurses. 

You: An RN with an Associate’s degree. We accept all qualified applicants. 

Prerequisites: Certified RN  

Program length: Full-time and part-time options ranging from 9 months to 5 years 

Location: 100% Online

Is a B.S. in nursing the same as a BSN degree?

Yes. OHSU, like most universities, awards a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing (B.S. in nursing). You may notice that many professional schools award a BSN degree.  

The difference is administrative and will not impact your training or career options. The future education and job opportunities are the same for these degrees. 

Why study nursing at OHSU 

Nurses are in demand in Oregon. As a nurse, you will earn a great salary and benefits and enjoy a flexible, secure career you can take anywhere. 

Nursing is both challenging and rewarding. As a nurse, you will make a real difference in the lives of the people and communities you treat daily. 

Oregon’s future nurses belong at OHSU. With five campuses in Oregon, many students can earn their degree and find a great job right in their community. 

OHSU nursing students can easily advance their education. We offer seamless pathways to earn your Master’s degree, Ph.D. or D.N.P.  

Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE)

OHSU partners with community colleges across Oregon to make it easy for students like you to earn your B.S. in nursing without leaving home. OCNE member schools share: 

  • A curriculum based on ten competencies that prepare you to care for Oregon’s diverse and aging population. 
  • Student support services and resources, like financial aid, co-admission and dual enrollment. 
  • Admissions criteria and graduation requirements. 

OCNE students take the same core nursing courses in their first two years. If you attend an OCNE community college, you can earn your Associate’s degree in nursing, take the RN licensing exam, and transfer directly into our online RN to B.S. program.   

Learn more about OCNE. 

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Locations across Oregon

Choose one of five campuses to earn your B.S. in nursing. You can learn online in our RN to B.S. program

Scholarships available

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