Registered Nursing
AAS Degree

Associate of Applied Science Degree

UCC’s Registered Nursing program will equip you to aid clients, individuals, families, and communities in promoting health, recovery from acute illness, or management of a chronic illness.

Nursing offers the satisfaction of making an immediate difference in other people’s lives. It is a dynamic, evidenced-based discipline which treats actual or potential health problems. Nursing is a rigorous, intellectual discipline requiring people with critical-thinking and decision-making skills. A successful candidate for the nursing profession should have a genuine desire to help people, a strong commitment to career development, be committed to adult learning, the ability to use evidenced-based information, act with integrity in an ethical manner, and be a team player.

Why choose this program?
  • OSBN-approved program
  • Clinical training in a cutting-edge facility
  • Over 85% NCLEX first-time exam pass rate
  • Seamless transfer to our partner school OHSU RN-BSN program
  • Over 90% of RN graduates have a job within 6-9 months
  • Prepare to take the PN-NCLEX to become a licensed LPN after your 1st year in the RN program


  • “UCC has helped me throughout my journey. The nursing program is really awesome — this is amazing.”
    Analyn McCoy
    UCC Nursing student
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  • "It will always be something that I keep with me and is a reason as to why I love doing what I do"
    Kelli Finlay
    UCC Nursing Alumni
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  • "Something I had always dreamed about doing every since I came back from my first mission trip to Guatemala, was to one day be able to go down there and help in the medical field."
    Michael O’Sullivan
    UCC Nursing Alumni
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  • "The Nursing program was something that has and will continue to be very important and special in my life."
    Candi Clark
    UCC Nursing Alumni
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More program info

Program description, outcomes and requirements are located in the Course Catalog.

Money for college

Between scholarships, grants, work study, and loans, students like you can qualify for thousands of dollars to help them reach their education goals.


Director of Nursing

Chelsea Gillespie-Towne, MSN, RN

Program Coordinator for Nursing

OHSU Connection

Students should understand that although co-admitted to the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Nursing, those who choose to transition from the UCC Nursing Program to OHSU will have to undergo a background history check for OHSU at the time of transition, which may affect the ability to enroll at OHSU.

Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education

UCC is a member of the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) and offers a competency-based curriculum jointly developed by nursing faculties from the nine community colleges and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) consortium partners. The core competencies address the need for nurses to be skilled in clinical judgment and critical thinking; evidence-based practice; relationship-centered care; interdisciplinary collaboration; assisting individuals and families in self-care practices for promotion of health and management of chronic and acute illness; end of-life care; and teaching, delegation, leadership and supervision of caregivers. The first five terms after admission to the UCC Nursing program are identical for the associate and bachelor’s degree courses. Term six offers students the ability to complete the AAS degree at UCC and provides the educational eligibility for NCLEX-RN licensure testing. Students who complete the AAS degree at UCC and pass the NCLEX-RN exam also have the option to complete the upper division nursing courses for the bachelor’s degree from OHSU (the OHSU bachelor’s requirement of statistics may be completed at UCC but 15 credits of upper division non-nursing courses must be completed through other colleges or universities).


The Nursing program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN).

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17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd
Portland, OR
Phone: 971-673-0685

Effective June 28, 2022, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on June 28, 2024.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400Atlanta, GA 30326Phone: (404)

Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

Public Notice of Accreditation Process
Members of the public are invited to submit written or oral comments regarding the UCC Registered Nursing Program as part of the process for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Written comments can be submitted to the following address:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400

Atlanta, GA 30326

Phone: (404) 975-5000

Oral comments may be submitted at a meeting for the public to be held on Tuesday, October 10th, 2023 from 4:30-5pm on the UCC campus in the Health, Nursing, and Science building room 201.