CGCC nursing program joins Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE)

July 18, 2017

Beginning in Fall 2018 the nursing program at CGCC will begin using a statewide curriculum developed through the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE). This is in use by several OCNE partner schools as well as the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing.

“We are transitioning to OCNE because it is important to keep our nursing curriculum updated and current,” explains Doris Jepson, CGCC’s nursing program director. “Joining the OCNE group will help us do that, as we will be working with faculty from 10 other Oregon community college nursing programs and OHSU School of Nursing. There is a national emphasis as well as local employer emphasis on having nurses achieve a bachelor's degree, and OCNE is a way to streamline that pathway.”

Students admitted to the CGCC Nursing Program beginning in Fall 2018 will also be co-admitted to OHSU School of Nursing. Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing at CGCC and obtaining an RN license, graduates may continue their studies with OHSU to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in as little as four terms. Licensed CGCC graduates may choose to work as RNs while they pursue their bachelor’s degree, which can open more doors for career advancement. Graduates of the CGCC Nursing Program also have other options to bachelor’s degree completion, including a co-admission option with Linfield College Adult Degree Program.

Application deadline for Fall 2018 entry is Feb. 15, 2018 (see details in the Program Application at https://www.cgcc.edu/nursing-health-occupations/nursing/application-process ). Students beginning or currently in the process of obtaining the Nursing Program pre-requisites should attend a Nursing Admissions Information Session and then make an appointment with a CGCC adviser to have their transcripts evaluated for courses requirements.

CGCC’s nursing program has graduated 281 nurses since 2003.