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LBCC offers an Associate Degree Nursing program which prepares students who are seeking the Registered Nurse License (RN) after graduation. The Associate Degree program is designed to be completed in six terms (66 weeks). Please note that this curriculum is designed for full time students and consists of 8- 10 credit hours per term, much of which is laboratory and clinical coursework. If you have significant family or work obligations, we encourage you to take as many of the co-requisite NON-nursing classes as possible (Speech, PE, Psychology, Biology, etc.) prior to beginning the NUR course sequence.

1. When can I apply for the Nursing Program?

Dates for accepting applications for the nursing program varies from year to year.  Generally, applications are accepted in winter quarter, and the program begins in the fall.
2. Where can I get an application?
All program information can be downloaded off the LBCC website at https://www.linnbenton.edu/admissions/forms-and-applications (choose “Nursing Application"). The application also shows the prerequisites and the point system. 
3. Are there any tips for applying?

  • Do not wait until the final days of the application period to begin accumulating necessary application material.
  • No applications will be accepted after 4:30 pm (Pacific Daylight Time) on the day of the deadline.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed. Once a signed application is submitted to the office, it cannot be altered.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to read all application information completely and thoroughly. It is also the sole responsibility of the applicant to verify completeness of the application and receipt of all required documentation before the application deadline.
  • All applicants are notified of results approximately 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.
  • After applicants are notified of acceptance, they must respond by the deadline given or the place in the class will be given to the next eligible applicant.
  • Be sure to keep the Admissions Office informed of any changes in address, telephone, or e-mail: 541-917-4811.
  • Applying to more than one program may increase your chances of getting in to a nursing program.

4. Do I need to request an official transcript from LBCC in order to complete the application?
No, all those transcripts will be accessed through the Admission Department. Classes that are from other colleges need to be reviewed by the Transcript Evaluator in Admissions. An official transcript from any colleges outside of LBCC needs to be submitted with the required application.  Transcripts for classes in progress during winter term must be submitted to Admissions at the end of winter term.

5. How do I obtain Pre-Nursing Advising?

  • Academic Planning and Pre-Nursing Advising: Lorraine Lara is the LBCC Academic Planning Assistant for the nursing program, you need to call Lorraine @ 541-917-4544 to make an appointment to speak with her to plan your program of study. 
  • High School Counselor: Make an appointment to speak to your High School counselor to plan your program of study.


6. How long will I have to wait to start the Nursing courses?
Length of time it takes to get into the program varies by individual. Prior course work at LBCC allows you to register earlier than new students. Class availability is greater for students who are returning. It may be difficult to get all of the classes you want every term. Also, depending on your College Placement Tests (CPT) score, you may need to take an additional class or two in order to get to the level of class that is required in areas such as math and writing. It typically takes one to two years to get into the nursing program.

7. Once I have applied, how will I know that I am accepted into the Nursing Program?
Prior to submitting your application for the Nursing Program, we advise that you meet with a counselor to ensure that all entry-level requirements have been met towards eligibility. Once you have applied and have met all entry requirements, you will receive a postcard from the Admissions Office indicating the number of points you have received towards admissions. You are not officially accepted into the Nursing Program until you are notified by mail that there is a space for you in the next class and you attend a Nursing orientation session. This process is completed before the end of each spring term.

8. What coursework can I take while I am waiting on the Ready list?
You are encouraged to take any non-nursing courses specified in the curriculum. It will make your course load lighter when you do get into the Nursing Program.

9. What is the 5-year rule?
Any math and science coursework that is older than 5 years must be retaken in order to demonstrate current competency with the course content.

10. Why do I have to have a Criminal Background Check?
Oregon Law prohibits any person with a history of felony or conspiracy to commit a felony, or some misdemeanor convictions which involve a vulnerable adult or child, or a state or federal crime that can be substantially demonstrated to show a direct relationship to people and the provision of health care from practicing in health care. Students with felony or misdemeanor criminal records which result in the exclusion from nursing assistant license may not be able to complete the program of study required for nursing licensure. In addition, if exclusion from a clinical site results from a Criminal Background Check, the student may not be able to complete the requirements of the nursing program. (See CBC information sheet available from the Admissions Office.)

11. I heard that I have to take CPR classes. Is that part of the Nursing Curriculum?
You will need to submit evidence (CPR Card), that you are currently certified by the American Heart Association or The American Red Cross, at the level of "Healthcare Provider" or "Professional Rescuer" level Adult and Child CPR to the Nursing Program Office prior to the start of the first term of the nursing program.

12. Are there scholarships available for Nursing Students?
Yes, there are many scholarships available to students entering the nursing profession. Requirements vary. You should first complete the FAFSA through the Financial Aid office. Local organizations, hospitals and health care agencies, and community foundations have scholarships available to nursing students. Other sources of nursing scholarships are available on www.discovernursing.com. There are additional scholarships available for students currently enrolled in nursing (NUR) courses in the Program. These are listed in the Financial Aid offices and posted in the Nursing Department. In addition, some of the local healthcare agencies will assist you with tuition reimbursement if you are currently their employee.

13. What exactly do you do during clinical? Where is clinical? Do I have a choice in placement?
Clinical experiences are a required part of all nursing education programs. You will be caring for patients of all ages and in various stages of health and illness.  Clinical experiences are generally scheduled for 2-3 eight hour shifts, or 1-12 hour shift per week, clinical times will vary by term and are conducted at local health care agencies, that are generally within a 20-40 mile radius of the college. Students may request clinical placements but many factors are taken into consideration in assigning clinical placements. Generally, clinicals are scheduled to coincide with varied hospital shifts, and may include 11pm-7am shifts. 

14. What is the cost of the Nursing Program?
Nursing students pay the same tuition rates as other students per credit hour. For all courses with clinical components, there is contact in excess of credit hour fees as delineated in the college class schedules. The cost varies year to year depending on how much tuition fees are. The initial term is the most expensive because uniforms, stethoscopes, watches, shoes and books are all needed. First year expenses typically (this is only an estimate) range between $7,500 and $8,500.

15. Will there be an Orientation to the Nursing Program?
Yes, once you have been accepted, there will be a scheduled orientation to the Nursing Program. This will include presentations about the philosophy and conceptual framework of the Program, the curriculum, uniforms, Nursing Student Handbooks, and course calendars.

16. What is the difference between a nurse with an Associate Degree (ADN) and the nurse with a Bachelor degree (BSN)
Many nursing positions at an entry level have no discernable differences in job duties and requirements. At some facilities, a pay differential may be part of the contract. Having a BSN is required in many specialized positions, such as administration, public health, certification, and schools of nursing. In addition, there is always a philosophical discussion about BSN as the professional entry into practice that goes on nationally and within many nursing organizations.

17. I want to earn my BSN. Can I do that at Linn-Benton Community College?
LBCC does not have a BSN program; however, we have articulation partners: Linfield College and Oregon Health Science University both have RN to BSN Programs. Contact those programs for specific information on BSN completion programs in which you could enroll after you complete your Associate Degree and have your RN License.

18. What kind of a schedule should I expect in the LBCC Nursing Program?
Typically, a nursing student is in the classroom 5-6 hours per week. Clinical hours vary from 6 to 16 hours per week depending on the term. Skills lab hours range from 1-3 hours each week. Other classes may be arranged to meet the full-time requirement of 12 credits.

19. Do you accept Practical Nursing (PN) students into the program?
Yes, on a special admission, space available basis. As a PN, you will submit an Advanced Placement Application to the Admissions Department. In order to be eligible for placement, you must complete all of the non-nursing program requirements, such as Anatomy and Physiology (BI231, BI232, BI233.) Once the Admissions Office determines that you have met the eligibility, you will be contacted by the Nursing Department to schedule a set of examinations given during final’s week of spring term. Upon successful completion of the exams, if space is available, you will be admitted.

20. What is the pass rate for LBCC on the NCLEX-RN exam?
2010 - 97.6%

21. What other classes would you recommend to help me be successful in the nursing program?
Medical terminology, computer skills, Study skills, eliminating self-defeating behaviors. Depending on your area of interest, child development classes, psychology classes, administration courses.

22. Why does LBCC require a nursing assistant certificate for admission to the program?
Basic care skills are required of all nurses. These skills are best acquired in a nursing assistant program. This program allows the student to experience health care as a career choice. In addition, the body of knowledge required for nursing is increasing at an exponential level. In order to allow the student time and exposure to other more difficult areas of content, the basic skills are required for entry. CNA training is available at most long-term care facilities and most acute care facilities. However because of the interest in health care, access to these programs is limited. An opening for a program may take you 3-4 months of waiting. You can visit the LBCC Nursing Assisant website about information regarding LBCC Nursing Assistant classes:  www.linnbenton.edu/nursing-assistant

*The current class at Mennonite Village runs every 5 weeks but has a waiting list of three to four months. It is highly recommended to get the application completed and turned in to be placed on the waiting list. Summer is the most popular time for students to enroll in the Nursing Assistant classes. We recommend you plan ahead to schedule this course earlier during the academic year

23. What level of math is required for Nursing?

Math 095 or College Algebra is the minimum level of math required for admission. The math must be taken within the last five years or have a placement on the CPT of Math 097 or higher.

24. Can a student with disabilities enter the program?
LBCC does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admssion to its programs. Provision of direct health care is required to meet the objectives of the core nursing courses. Some disabilities are easily accommodated and others are more difficult. A minimum standard for physical and mental requirements is available to the applicant upon request in the nursing office. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Disabilities at 541-917-4789 for accommodation requests.

25. Why doesn’t LBCC increase the size of the nursing program?
The need for nurses is projected to be sizeable over the next several years. Therefore it seems logical to just increase the size of the program. However, when there is a shortage of nurses, there is also a concurrent shortage of qualified nursing faculty and nursing facility staff. Patient safety must be ensured by adequate supervision and oversight of the care the students give. Quality of the education experience must also be considered related to students we enroll.

There is also a regulatory requirement that our students be supervised on a 8:1 ratio of students to staff, which make the program expensive to run. Our policy is to admit students based on adequate funding, staff, mentors and care facility resources.

26. Can I work while I am enrolled in the nursing program?
The nursing program is an intense program for students. Students often find working, even part time, difficult while enrolled in the Nursing Program. For many students, employment while attending school is necessary. Jobs with flexible schedules are desirable in these circumstances. Students must be able to adjust their work schedules to accommodate their school schedule. Students are encouraged to work no more than 20 hours a week, as study data indicates a decrease in student GPAs related to increased workload hours. Student loans and scholarships are plentiful. Please take the time to investigate them, before you start the program.