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.