Registered Nursing


Associate of Applied Science Degree

Option to complete Bachelor's degree from Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU)

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RN Students 2Nursing offers the satisfaction of making immediate differences in other people's lives. It is a dynamic, humanistic, and scientific discipline which diagnoses and treats actual or potential health problems. Nursing is a rigorous, intellectual discipline requiring people with critical 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, the ability to use scientific information and be a team player.

2023-25 Cohort Application Period

Application is OPEN!!
Closes FEBRUARY 15, 2023 5pm
Applications Mailed Accepted Postmarked by Deadline

2023-25 Application Information for Covid

Thank you for your interest in UCC’s Registered Nursing (RN) program!  We are excited to work with you through the application process.  Please make sure that you follow these important first steps: 

  1. Please ensure that you are registered to become a UCC student (and receive an 800#) before applying to the program. If you already have an 800#, you are good-to-go! 
  2. Next, make sure that you know your UCC email (not personal email) for proper correspondence with the UCC Nursing Program Coordinator, Ruth Verkuyl, and other nursing staff. An example of a UCC student email looks something like this: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All electronic correspondence will be done using the student email assigned to you.

Please know that we continue to navigate COVID-19.  Flexibility is key as daily, weekly, and monthly changes have been a common theme for UCC RN program students and staff.  The UCC Nursing Team continues to advocate for an exceptional educational experience, and works closely with community partners to promote safety in the clinical setting.

Registered Nursing Application

View / Download the RN Application Info Packet 2023-2025

View / Download the OHSU Course Equivalency Grid - Check your transcript against the prereqs

View / Download the RN Application 2023-2025

View / Download the RN Application Points 

View / Download the RN Application FAQs

View / Download the RN Application Healthcare Work Experience Verification

View / Download the RN Application Volunteer Verification

View / Download the RN Application Leadership Verification


Steps to Apply

Step 1
UCC Admissions
Brand New to UCC APPLY List your major as AAOT-Pre Nursing and apply for Fall 
Prior UCC Student without a credit course within the last year REAPPLY List your major as AAOT-Pre Nursing and apply for Fall
Current UCC Student Confirm major is AAOT-NUR If major is incorrect, you will need to complete the change of major form 
Step 2
If you have completed college coursework outside of UCC, submit official college transcripts from each issuing institution* to:
Umpqua Community College
PO Box 967
Roseburg, OR 97470
Or through email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
*If your coursework is from a college outside of Oregon, please also provide course descriptions and/or syllabi from the year you took the course.
Step 3
Information Sessions
It is highly recommended that you attend one of the free information sessions. We will be covering general application questions, frequently asked program questions, and more! 
Please attend one of the following: NO PRE REGISTRATION - All Come
 Date Time Location
 January 17

*11am - 12pm

5pm - 6pm

11am - 12pm - Zoom Only
Join Zoom from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android - Password: 439802
Or Dial by PhoneUS: +1 669 900 6833Meeting ID: 942 5754 0734


5pm - 6pm
HNSC Building
Downstairs 1st Floor Room 101

January 18

9am - 10am

1pm - 2pm

HNSC Building
Downstairs 1st Floor Room 101

Step 4
RN Application 2023-2025
Closing Date: FEBRUARY 15, 2023 5PM


See the following employment opportunities available at local health care institutions.

Mercy Medical Center
Umpqua Community Health Center
Umpqua Health Alliance
Avalon Healthcare Group

Program Information

View / Download 2022-23 catalog information for the Registered Nursing: AAS Degree

View / Download 2021-22 advising information for the Registered Nursing: AAS Degree

View / Download 2022-24 UCC Nursing Program Student Procedure Handbook

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 and ability to enroll in OHSU courses may be negatively impacted by any criminal history in their background.

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 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000 

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.

Licensure and State Reciprocity

Before enrolling in the Registered Nursing program, students should consider whether the license they need to obtain to work, will be valid outside the state of Oregon. Use this table to determine state to state licensure.

View Licensure Information

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Chelsea Gillespie-Towne, MSN, RN - Contact
Director of Nursing

Ruth Verkuyl - Contact
Program Coordinator for Nursing


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