FAQ

Who do I need to talk to if I am interested in the Nursing Program at TVCC?

If you are already a student then you can contact the nursing office at 541-881-5940. If you are not a student of TVCC then you need to contact general advising to ask about how to become a student. Otherwise, you can go to the nursing website for general information about the program.

I hear that TVCC's nursing program is offering a BSN, is this true?

Not exactly, The TVCC nursing program offers a student an A.A.S degree in nursing after completing the required pre-requisite courses and the actual nursing program which is a closed admission process. After completing the program with TVCC then the student has the option of a seamless transition to OHSU's RN to BSN nursing program which is offered online.

What pre-requisite courses are required in order to apply for the nursing program at TVCC?

Download our Program Requirements (PDF)

How do I get into the nursing program at TVCC?

After completing at least 37 out of 51 credits the student is eligible to apply for the nursing program. However, if accepted then the student must complete all pre-requisites before the start of the fall quarter.

How often does the nursing program admit students?

The program admits students once per year. The start of the program is the fall quarter.

When are applications for the nursing program available?

Applications are available the first day of winter quarter and are due to the nursing office February 15th.

How do you select applicants for the nursing program?

The application process is a based on a point system. Points are generated by the number of pre-requisite classes completed, the GPA obtained from the pre-requisite classes, prior degree earned, having a current CNA license or other health care certification, performance on the Kaplan Pre-Nursing test, and performance on a proctored essay and interview.

Does the TVCC nursing program offer a Practical Nursing certification?

The OCNE curriculum beginning with the Fall 2014 cohort does not offer a Practical Nursing "step out" or ladder program. Does the TVCC nursing program offer Advanced Placement for those who have the LPN certification? The OCNE curriculum at TVCC, beginning Fall 2014, does not offer an Advanced Placement admission. However, the department anticipates this offering at a later date. Please check back for updates.

Will I be eligible to practice as a Registered Nurse if I graduate from this program?

No, the program prepares students to take the licensure exam, the NCLEX-RN. You will not be a registered nurse until you have taken and passed the exam and the state where you choose to apply for licensure has issued you a nursing license.

What organizations or agencies have, or need to, approve or accredit the program so that the graduates can be licensed?

The Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN)- http://www.oregon.gov/OSBN/- approval is mandatory for every program that prepares students to take the nursing licensure exam. The TVCC Associate Degree in Nursing Program is fully approved by the OSBN. TVCC's nursing program is also in the process of achieving accreditation through the National League for Nursing Accreditation (NLNAC)- www.nlnac.org- approval is voluntary and the TVCC nursing program has achieved Candidacy status.

What is OCNE?

The TVCC Nursing Program has joined with eight other Oregon community college programs and all campuses of the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) to create and provide a unified approach to nursing education for nursing member nursing programs. TVCC and other OCNE programs have the same prerequisites and comparable application processes for students. Students completing the AAS curriculum at the end of the second year of the TVCC nursing program will meet the educational requirements to take the RN licensure examination (NCLEX-RN). They will additionally have the opportunity to continue online for three or four additional terms of full-time study (or the same courses spread over more quarters) to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing through OHSU. Students could remain in their hometown and clinical experiences will be arranged to be to the student's advantage and usually geographically convenient for the student. Tuition, course work, and graduation would be through OHSU.

Will I have to pass a background check or drug screen to be admitted to the nursing program?

Yes, all accepted applicants must obtain and pass a finger print background check and a urinalysis drug screen in order to continue in the admission process. Download a list of potentially disqualifying offenses (PDF). In addition, you will have to pass a background check prior to receiving a license to be a registered nurse in Oregon.