Degrees & Certificates

Practical Nursing


Associate of Applied Science Degree: 102 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study

Credits to Complete Degree

Academic Discipline Credits
Nursing (NUR) 57
Nursing Program Elective 16
Psychology (PSY) 8
Biology (BI) 13
General Education Electives 8
Credit Total 102


Requirements for this degree are under review in the 2016-17 academic year. This review may result in significant changes in required coursework and prerequisites. Please consult your academic advisor or the Nursing Department for the most current information and the impact for students.

Career Description

The Nursing Program is designed as a community based Licensed practical nurse (LPN)/Registered nurse (RN) career ladder that offers the qualified student the opportunity to apply for licensure as a practical nurse after the first year. Students who complete both years of the program and receive the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing are qualified to apply for the licensing exam for registered nurses. The program prepares students for entry level nursing practice in varied settings within a dynamic health care environment.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree (Nursing Program) requires 102 credits that include 57 credit hours of nursing courses and 45 credits of support courses. Students must meet college graduation requirements including general education, math and English competencies.

Course of Study

The Nursing Program is based on a model that incorporates the concepts of biopsychosocial and nursing principles, nursing process and critical thinking, communication, management, health promotion and teaching, and professional roles and standards of care. The student applies these concepts while providing nursing care for clients with a variety of health needs.

Students must also meet Associate degree comprehensive requirements and Associate of Applied Science Degree requirements.

Program Outcomes

Students who complete this certificate should be able to:

  • As Provider of Care: Follow the established standards for practical nursing in the holistic care of clients/patients in healthcare settings.
  • As Communicator: Communicate therapeutically with clients/patients and families to promote the achievement of patient outcomes in collaboration with healthcare providers across a continuum of healthcare settings.
  • As Manager of Care: Manage, at an entry-level, the healthcare needs for a group of clients/patients and families at an acuity level appropriate to individual healthcare settings.
  • As Member within the Discipline of Nursing: Demonstrate professional values and responsibilities defined by the Standards and Scope of Practice for the Registered Nurse and American Nurses Association standards.

Program Accreditation

The Nursing Program at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and the Oregon State Board of Education.

Additional Information

Application and Acceptance: Applications for the nursing program are accepted during winter quarter each year for entry the following September. For information and admission instructions, contact the Student Services Office.

Additional Requirements Prior to First Day of NUR 110 (or term of admittance): Admitted students must meet/pass the following requirements within designated time frames (any associated costs are at the student’s own expense): 1) immunization validation 2) TB screening, 3) a drug screen 4) a criminal background check and sex offender check, and 5) current CPR level C certificate. Information regarding these requirements will be distributed in a mandatory orientation in June after acceptance. The nursing admission packet describes these requirements in more detail.

Program Transfer or Advanced Placement: Students requesting transfer from another nursing program or advanced placement must submit an Advanced Placement Application to Student Services. Transcripts and course descriptions for all nursing coursework and a letter of reference from the student's school of nursing should accompany the application. Following completion of entrance criteria, transfer sudents are accepted at the appropreate course level on a space available basis only and upon evaluation of skill level.

Legal Limitations for LPN/RN Licensure: The Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) asks applicants specific questions regarding: phsical, mental or emotional conditions; arrests and convictions for criminal offenses; and use of chemical substances in the last five years. Individuals who may have a past history of chemical abuse, felonies, or believe that past history circumstances may interfere with their ability to sit for the licensure examination should contact the OSBN for recommendations. Applicants may also confer with the Nursing Program Director regarding concerns with any of these questions. CGCC reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant to the nursing program whose background poses a threat, as determined by CGCC, to the college, nursing profession, and/or health care community.

Course of Study: Student Disability Information: Nursing is a physically and mentally challenging occupation. Education related to this field is designed to prepare students for these challenges. Nursing students must be able to meet all established essential academic and clinical requirements, with or without accommodations, to successfully complete the program. Persons with questions concerning particular qualifications are encouraged to contact the Disability Resources Advisor at (541) 506-6046 for information. Students must provide documentation and request services a minimum of four weeks prior to the beginning of the term to ensure the availability of appropriate and timely services.

Program Progression: Students are required to demonstrate continuous and progressive application of nursing scholarship, safe nursing care, appropriate judgment, critical thinking skills, personal health, and professional accountability, and meet program standards as stated in the Nursing Program Student Handbook. The college reserves the right to retain and progress only those students who satisfy these requirements in order to continue in the nursing program and progress to the next term. Completion of all first year courses is required to receive the Practical Nursing Certificate. Students must complete both years of the curriculum in sequence and satisfy graduation requirements to earn the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing.

In order to continue in the Nursing Program and progress to the next term, the student must: a) earn a "C" grade or higher in all required nursing courses; b) complete all required first year courses (including BI 232, BI 233, PSY 201A, PSY 215, BI 234) with a "C" grade or higher before entering the second year of the Program (students who are unable to complete the courses within the first year must apply for readmission based on seat availability); and c) Complete all required courses with a "C" grade or higher to receive the Practical Nursing Certificate or the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing.


Cumulative college G.P.A. of 3.0 or greater; completion of the following with a grade of "C" or better within the past five years: MTH 95, WR 121, CH 121, BI 231 (BI 112 or BI 211 is a prerequisite for BI 231); if the math and/or writing are older than five years, you must take a college placement test and test into WR 121 and MTH 111. Admitted and wait listed students must complete NUR 60 by Fall Term of admission.


Course Name Credits
NUR 110 Nursing I: Fundamentals of Nursing 10
NUR 111 Nursing II: Care Across the Lifespan 10
NUR 112 Nursing III: Obstetrics & Chronic Healthcare 10
NUR 210 Nursing IV: Psychiatric & Complex Acute Care 9
NUR 211 Nursing V: Emergent Healthcare 9
NUR 212 Nursing VI: Preceptorship 9
BI 232 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BI 233 Human Anatomy & Physiology III 4
BI 234 Microbiology 5
PSY 201A Introduction to Psychology, Part I 4
PSY 215 Human Development 4
  Nursing Program Electives1 16
  General Eduction Electives 8

1Nursing Program Electives: any course from the General Education/Discipline Studies List. Minimum of 4 credits in Arts and Letters and 8 credits in Social Science, 3 of which are Sociology.


Practical Nursing

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Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study
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Certificate Suspended

The Practical Nursing certificate is suspended as of July 1, 2018. CGCC will not be accepting new students into this program after spring term 2018. Students who enrolled in the certificate program prior to summer 2018 and are seeking to complete the certificate should contact their advisor for assistance. CGCC will work with students actively enrolled in the program to develop a "teach out" plan so that they may complete the program in a timely manner.

Other Nursing Options

CGCC offers a Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing that uses a recognized statewide curriculum and will transfer to Oregon university BSN programs. Interested students should contact CGCC's Nursing & Health Occupations Department or a CGCC adviser for information regarding degree requirements and program entry.