This two-year Associate Degree program is designed to develop highly skilled generalist nurses. The Nursing program accepts one class per year beginning fall term. Qualified applicants who have met the minimum admission requirements are selected through a point system. The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurse licensing (NCLEX-RN). The coursework completed for the ADN may be transferable to RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN programs.

Students who apply to the Nursing program should have a strong academic background preparing them for the educational challenges of first- and second-year coursework. Students should have strong technical writing skills and familiarity with the American Psychological Association (APA) format. Students are evaluated in all aspects of the program, including clinical practice, and are expected to be an active participant in their education on a daily basis. Required clinical rotations occur in a variety of healthcare settings. Clinical opportunities occur during day, evening, night, weekend and holiday shifts. Educational and learning opportunities are primarily located in, but are not limited to, Linn and Benton counties.

The Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) has approved the LBCC Associate Degree program as meeting all requirements to provide pre-licensure nursing education. OSBN reviews applicants for RN licensure upon completion of LBCC’s Nursing program and is responsible for ensuring that approved applicants meet certain criteria regarding issues of substance abuse, criminal histories and felony convictions. Specific questions regarding these issues should be directed to the Oregon State Board of Nursing, 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd, Portland, OR 97224, 971-673-0685.

Program Requirements

All nursing core courses must be completed at LBCC. The student must achieve a minimum “C” grade in each required course, and courses must be taken in the specified sequence. Students who are unable to meet the required competency level for the program may be advised of other alternatives to meet their goals.

Special Requirements

For current requirements for entry into the Nursing program, contact Admissions at 541-917-4811 or visit and click on Degrees & Certificates, then see this year's nursing bulletin.