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Registered Nurse


Help people live longer, healthier lives. 

What you’ll earn

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing prepares you to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN). or easily transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program).

Associate Degree

Since the first RN cohort in 1971, Lane’s Nursing Program has a long-standing history of success. At Lane, we prepare students to provide safe nursing care for individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well, and in a variety of practice settings. The RN program requires approximately 2 years of prerequisite coursework (see below). Once admitted to RN program, students will complete 2 years (60 credits) of core nursing program courses including the promotion of health, prevention of illness, care of clients experiencing acute, unstable, and chronic conditions from birth through death.

Our faculty value a diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment. In our program, students will have face to face instruction, work in collaborative groups, rotate through a variety of clinical settings, and engage in community teaching projects. Throughout our program, emphasis is placed on the importance of respect for all persons, teamwork, evidence-based practice, social justice, self-reflection, and professional values.

Our faculty value student success. In 2023, >90% of our students completed the program on time, and >94% passed the NCLEX RN on the first attempt.

Following graduation and completion of the State board exam, Registered Nurses may be employed in a wide variety of settings including acute care and long-term care, home health, hospice, surgical centers, community health, and in schools and other occupational settings. Their work may involve direct patient care from life through death, coordination and management of care, assisting persons with healthcare access, health education, and with additional training and education, many nurses find themselves in leadership roles.

2 years full-time
$39,168 full program, not including prerequisites


  • Hospital, medical surgical, and public health nursing
  • Pharmacology and pathophysiology
  • Nursing care of chronic conditions
  • Nursing care of acute conditions
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Clinical decision making


Our graduates have an exceptionally high job placement rate. Whether you plan to work after licensure or continue your education in a RN to BSN program, you'll be well prepared by our rigorous program. Some RN to BSN programs our graduates have gone on to include Linfield UniversityOregon Health Science University, and Bushnell University. If you are interested in concurrent enrollment, so you can work on your bachelor degree while in our associate program, consider Grand Canyon University.

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Classes required before entering the program may vary depending on placement into Math and Writing Classes. Please click here to learn more about course placement and consult the catalog for detailed information about prerequisites, including BI112 Cell Biology for Health Occupations.

Additional Information:

  • 2023: >90 on-time completion rate
  • 2023: 94% first time NCLEX pass rate
  • Opportunity to take the NCLEX PN exam and work as an LPN after completing the first year of the ADN program
  • Additional clinical experience opportunities through Cooperative Education


Effective July 3rd, 2023, the Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing program at Lane Community College in Eugene Oregon  is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on July 3, 2025.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this candidate program.

*Type of program: practical, diploma, associate, baccalaureate, master’s, master’s/post-master’s certificate, post-master’s certificate, clinical doctorate, clinical doctorate/DNP clinical doctorate specialist certificate, or DNP clinical doctorate specialist certificate.

Note: Upon granting 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 ACEN Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

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