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Whether you're launching your nursing career or continuing your education, we offer you a path to achieve your educational goals.

Potential Salary$65,000

topics Health Sciences

Skills & InterestHelping People

CareersHealth Sciences

LocationSalem Campus

  • A nursing student entertains a toddler
  • Nursing student

Why choose Nursing?

Welcome to the Nursing program at Chemeketa. Our program has a strong tradition of preparing nurses to be life-long learners and to practice safely, accurately and compassionately in varied settings.

Our faculty teaches our nursing graduates to have clinical and professional excellence in response to the changing health care climate. You will learn the attributes of accountability, caring, innovation, safety, social and cultural awareness, critical thinking and decision-making, life-long learning, and respect for the dignity and worth of human life. We believe in allowing a diverse group of students to have affordable nursing education.

The website ranked Chemeketa's nursing program as one of the leading programs in the state of Oregon. They evaluated state board exam pass rates from 2013-2017 and concluded Chemeketa was among the very best at supporting students towards licensure and beyond. We were also ranked as the second best program in the entire West by

The Nursing Program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

What will you learn?

Our experienced faculty will teach you the skills at the LPN level to –

  • Demonstrate organized and prioritized care in a patient centered manner that advocates for patients and families based on personal preferences, beliefs and values
  • Demonstrate nursing care that minimizes risk of harm to patients, self and others
  • Apply the nursing process based on current evidence and patient preferences, needs and values
  • Demonstrate nursing care that reflects integrity, accountability and legal/ethical practice
  • Demonstrate nursing care using current technology and patient information to maximize safety and optimize health
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team

Our experienced faculty will teach you the skills at the RN level to –

  • Incorporate novice level management skills while providing patient centered care
  • Develop nursing care that minimizes risk or harm to patients, self, and others; and uses data to monitor outcomes of patient centered care
  • Formulate clinical judgments in providing nursing care based on current evidence, clinical expertise, and patient preferences, needs, and values
  • Design nursing care that reflects integrity, accountability, and legal and ethical practice while modeling the professional roles of coordinator of care, educator, advocate, and leader
  • Formulate nursing care using current technology and patient information to maximize safety, and optimize health
  • Communicate effectively and collaboratively in a self-directed manner with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team

See Course Sequences for more information.

What will you do?

Nurses are employed at –

  • Hospitals
  • Public health departments
  • Community clinics
  • Home health services
  • Hospice services
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Intermediate care facilities
  • Pre-Nursing Workshops

    2022-2023 Pre-Nursing Workshop Schedule

    October 13, 2022 at 6 pm (register for Fall CRN 31072)

    December 1, 2022 at 6 pm (register for Fall CRN 36078)

    January 16, 2023 at 6 pm (register for Winter CRN 50457)


    These workshops are free; however, advance registration is requeted. 

    2023 Pre-Nursing Guide (click here)


    Chemeketa's Nursing program prepares students to graduate with an Associate of Science Degree and sit for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Successfully passing this exam allows the graduate to become a licensed registered nurse.

    See Course Sequences for more information. Fees are an estimated cost and subject to change.

  • Criminal Background Check, Drug Testing & Immunizations

    Background and Drug Screening Requirements:

    Upon entry into this program, you will be required to pass a criminal background check and pass a ten-panel drug screening urinalysis conducted by a college-approved vendor. If you do not pass the criminal background check and/or the drug screening, program registration will not be possible. If you are arrested during the time you are enrolled in the program, you must notify the Nursing Program Chair of the arrest. Your status in the program will be reviewed by the Nursing Program Chair and the Dean of Health Sciences. A possible outcome of the review may be that you are unable to continue in the program. Additionally, two-year programs require you to repeat the processes at the start of the second year.

    For a list of disqualifying crimes, please see Disqualifying Crimes 2017. For a more in-depth list please see Disqualifying Crimes Expanded List

    For licensure with the Oregon State Board of Nursing, please visit the following links for DHS and OSBN's criminal history requirements:


    Immunization Requirements:

    Upon entry into this program you will be required to show proof of various vaccines.  Please review the Health Sciences Immunization & CPR requirements (click here).


    For more information call the Health Sciences Department at 503.399.5058.

  • Curriculum & Prerequisites

    Below are the required courses for application to Chemeketa's Nursing program. These courses must be completed by the end of winter term (the year of application) with a grade of C or better. See the Course Sequences for our curriculum and prerequisites.

    • BI231-233 Anatomy and Physiology (completed within seven years)
    • MTH095 Intermediate Algebra (or higher)
      • This requirement cannot be waived by a placement test score

    Note: BI112 is a prerequisite for BI231. 

    Most students spend one or more years in pre-nursing courses to prepare for applying to the Nursing program. In order to enhance their chance of admission, most students complete the majority of general education and science requirements prior to application.


  • Nursing Program Application

    Fall 2023 Application

    Important Dates/Deadlines for Fall 2023 Application:

    Application Period: February 6-10, 2023

    Application fee of $50 will be applied to students accounts within one business day of submitting an application

    Follow up Transcripts Due: April 7, 2023

    If students are enrolled in another college or university during winter term 2023 and want these courses to be evaluated for points, they must submit a second official transcript with the "Request for Evaluation and Transfer of Previous Credit" form by April 7, 2023.



  • Kaplan Testing

    2023 Nursing Program Applicants Kaplan Testing Schedule:

    March 28, 2023 at 9 am

    March 29, 2023 at 2 pm

    March 30, 2023 at 2 pm

    March 31, 2023 at 9 am


    LPN-RN Kaplan Testing Schedule:

    April 14, 2023 at 9 am

  • Transfer Students

    Fall 2023 Application:  Importand Dates/Deadlines

    Priority Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2022

    Official transcripts of courses completed through summer 2022 from other colleges and/or universities along with the “Request for Evaluation and Transfer of Previous Credits” form submitted by this priority deadline will guarantee the evaluation will be complete in time for the nursing application deadline week.

    Final Deadline: Friday, January 6, 2023

    Submit official transcripts of courses completed through fall 2022 from other colleges and/or universities along with the “Request for Evaluation and Transfer of Previous Credits” form. These must be received by Chemeketa’s Transcript Evaluation office by January 6, 2023. It may take 8 or more weeks for your transcripts to be evaluated– we cannot guarantee the evaluation will be complete by the nursing application deadline week.

  • LPN to RN Program

    LPN to RN Entry Process

    Chemeketa has a process in place by which LPN's who are currently licensed in Oregon can become eligible to be on a waitlist for possible openings into the second year of Chemeketa's Nursing Associate of Applied Science program. The fees for the program are subject to change. Transfer students will be placed on the waitlist for fall term of the second year of the program after completing the following steps in order –

    • Must have a Current, Unencumbered LPN License
      For applicants from another state, check with the Oregon State Board of Nursing by calling 503.731.4745 for information on transferring a license to Oregon
    • Work Experience
      Work experience s strongly recommended for applicants who have completed their practical nursing curriculum more than one year before applying.
    • General Education Coursework
      • Transfer all general education coursework to Chemeketa and have these transcripts evaluated by Admissions 503.399.5006 to determine if coursework meets Chemeketa's requirements for graduation from the Nursing Program and are current where time limits apply
      • Submit official transcripts of courses completed through other colleges or universities along with a request for evaluation
      • Applicants must also take NUR272 Pathophysiology for Nurses (3 credits) and PHM230 Pharmaceutical Drug Classifications (3 credits)
      • Required science courses must be taken within seven years of re-entry or complete an appropriate alternative science course as approved by the Dean of Health Sciences
      • Only coursework from accredited programs can be considered
      • Depending upon the results of this review, there may still be general education courses students will need to complete
    • Kaplan Nursing Transition Exam
      • For transfer students (students who did not graduate from Chemeketa's LPN program), register for and pass the Kaplan Nursing Transition exam
      • This exam is offered once a year in April
      • Applicants who need to take this exam must make an appointment with the Dean of Health Sciences 503.399.5058 to discuss program requirements and approaches for studying for the exam
      • Applicants who do not achieve an acceptable score on the exam can re-test once. Students must pay the non-refundable exam fee to re-test
      • Scores remain current for five years after the exam is taken
    • Waitlist
      • After all general education coursework is in place, either through transfer or by taking classes at Chemeketa, and an applicant has successfully completed the Kaplan Nursing Transition exam, scores will be average to determine placement on the waitlist. 
      • Offer of admission will be based upon space available
        • This is determined in large part by the number of students moving directly from the first year into the second year of the program

    For registered nurses (RNs) wishing to pursue their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, Chemeketa has established inter-institutional agreements with the following institutions –

    • Oregon Health & Science University - Chemeketa has established an articulation and transfer agreement with OHSU for baccalaureate completion for those who have successfully completed our program and passed the NCLEX-RN exam. For more information, contact Nicole Thompson at or 503-494-5443.

    TUITION DECREASE - Effective Fall 2019, tuition for the RNBS Completion Program Online has been reduced to $288/credit.  

    There are various other possibilities for RNs as well. Admission to nursing programs is competitive. As such, RNs are responsible for learning the requirements of the school to which they plan to enroll. Applicants should make early contact with an advisor at the institution to learn of these requirements.

  • Scholarship Information

    Once you apply to the Nursing program, visit the Chemeketa Foundation scholarships website for information and application dates. Scholarship application deadlines are time sensitive. 

    For questions regarding the application process, contact the Foundation at 503.365.4747

  • Student Success Rates



    Nursing Student Success Rates
    Student Success Rates20172018201920202021
    Completion Rate 88% 77% 70% 79%  80% 
    NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 94.7% 100% 100% 97.3%  100%