Nursing and Nursing Assistant Programs

Whether you're launching your nursing career or continuing your education, Chemeketa's premier Nursing program offers a "career ladder" approach to achieving your educational goals.

Effective September 1, 2015, the State of Oregon implemented an electronic process for obtaining fingerprints. The fingerprinting fee is now $64.50 for applying for a license/certification through the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

Basic Nursing Assistant

Our Basic Nursing Assistant Program is an Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) approved program that consists of 80 hours of classroom and lab skills demonstration, and 75 hours of clinical practice in a Skilled Nursing Facility.

Nursing Associate of Applied Science Degree

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.

Specialized Courses

Chemeketa periodically offers specialized courses to help registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurses and other health care personnel keep abreast of current knowledge and new developments in nursing. Non-credit basic nursing assistant courses approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing are also available. For more information about courses contact the Nursing office at 503.399.5058.

Application for Nursing Program Fall 2016 is now available.

2016 Pre-Nursing Guide

Nursing Program Open House - November 3, 2015 from 3:00-5:00pm. The Open House session provides potential students information about what to expect as a nursing student once they are accepted in the program.Nursing Open House Fall 2015

Announcements & Important Dates for Fall 2016 Application:

The Nursing Program is replacing the nursing essay with a pre-nursing test as part of the Fall 2016 application process. Please click on the Program Application option for more details.

  • Jan. 8, 2016- Deadline for transfer students to submit transcripts
  • Feb. 8-12, 2016 - Fall 2016 application submission
  • Pre-Nursing Workshops - Provides information on required prerequisite courses, financial aid, and how to apply to the program. To attend one of these sessions, please call 503.399.5120
    • September 10, 2015, 6:30pm, Salem Campus
    • December 1, 2015, 6:30pm, Salem Campus
    • February 24, 2016, 6:30, Salem Campus

Chemeketa's Nursing Program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). ACEN may be contacted for information about the program's accreditation status, tuition, fees and length. The address for ACEN is: 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone number is: 404.975.5000. The website is:
Enrollment in the program is limited, and the application period comes early -- several months before classes actually begin. These dates are updated yearly and are provided in the application information on this website.

If you are considering Chemeketa's Nursing program, we strongly recommend you contact Counseling and Advising at 503.399.5120 for assistance with details.

For more information call the Nursing staff at 503.399.5058.