Registered Nursing - Associate Degree

Registered Nursing

Associate Degree

nurse checking on patient bedsideThe Lane Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam to become Registered Nurses (RN).  This course of study requires approximately 3 years of full time study and also qualifies graduates to participate in a fourth year of study via online lecture & theory and local clinical experiences to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University or, if the graduate prefers, any of many other RN to BSN programs available nationally.

Registered nurses may be employed in a wide variety of settings including acute care hospital settings, long term care settings, homes, at schools providing care for children and families of those children, in occupational settings promoting employee health, for public health departments, in physician offices, and many others including options to provide health care for persons in under served areas of the world as a part of a religious community or as a member of a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).  Their work may involve direct patient care, supervision of certain other nursing personnel, assessment of persons in need of health care, planning care for those persons, delivering or supervising the delivery of the needed care, and evaluation of the patients' outcomes after the care has been provided.  All registered nurses are also responsible for patient, family, group, or community health education on health promotion and disease or injury prevention.

Employment opportunities for graduates who pass the licensure exam are variable in the Eugene/Springfield area, but those who are willing to seek employment in settings other than the acute care settings can usually find employment giving nursing care.  Starting salaries vary according to the type of care the nurse will be providing, but in the acute care setting the average pay for RNs is about $35/hour or about $73.818/year.  New graduates will make somewhat less than this amount, as will those working in long term care, doctor's offices, and clinics.

Links to the left will enable you to learn more about the profession of nursing and about LCC's outstanding nursing program.  For information on how and when to apply for admission to the clinical nursing courses, click on the "Application Information" link on the left side of this screen.

To Our Students: Please be informed that Lane Community College Division of Health Professions requires all students to submit appropriate personal information (such as immunization records, federal and state background checks, drug screens and others) to CastleBranch, a company specializing in the collection and storage of student health care information. Submission of required documents must be accomplished prior to the beginning of classes. Both the drug screens and background checks must be clear (e.g. absence of positive results for narcotics, marijuana, alcohol and/or other illicit substances for drug screen) to ensure clinical placements and graduation from Health Profession programs. Specifics on required documents, costs, timelines, and how to access CastleBranch, will be included in the letter of program acceptance and/or discussed at the Mandatory Program Orientation.

Dear Students:
Please be aware that you will be required to have a minimum 2.0 gpa at the time of graduation in order to graduate and receive your certificate or associate's degree from LCC. Please also be aware that only LCC courses count toward your final gpa.