Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

National Standards, Local Expertise

Located at the Sylvania Campus, PCC’s Nursing program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). In our program, you will learn the knowledge and skills required for an entry-level nursing job, and qualify to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, which is a requirement for practice. Our program is designed to prepare the student to be licensed as a registered nurse (RN). RNs deliver nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings.

In 2010 PCC became a member of the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE). This coalition of statewide nursing educators and programs consists of Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Portland Community College, Umpqua Community College, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Rogue Community College, Lane Community College, Clackamas Community College, Mount Hood Community College, Blue Mountain Community College, Treasure Valley Community College and Clatsop Community College. OCNE schools have the same prerequisites and comparable application processes for students.


In this program you can earn the following:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree

See the catalog for curriculum information. For program admission information, please visit Nursing Admissions.

Admitted Nursing students will have the option of completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Oregon Health and Science University after successfully completing two years at PCC. For more information please visit OHSU Community College Transitions page. PCC also has a formal articulation agreement with Linfield College School of Nursing. PCC students are provisionally accepted into the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program during their final term.

What's Next?

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  1. Attend an Information Session or make an appointment to speak with an Advisor: 971-722-4795
  2. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since this is a restricted entry program, you should choose Associate of General Studies for now. You can change your major once you've applied and been accepted into the program.
  3. Plan how you'll pay for college
  4. Apply for admission to the Nursing program