Registered Nursing
The nursing department at Klamath Community College strives for excellence in educating prospective registered nurses. Lectures, clinicals, and simulation experiences are the backbone of learning in the nursing program. See if you have what it takes to be part of this growing career opportunity.

Regional Employment Forecast

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2014-2024 Employment Projection
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All data was gathered from the State of Oregon Employment Department
Data provided for a registered nurse position. For a different employment forecast, please visit the State of Oregon
Employment Department.
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Q & A 

I don't want to work in a hospital, what non-traditional nursing options are there for me?

Only about 50% of actual nursing positions are at 'traditional' places of employment. There are plenty of other options such as:
School nurse
Occupational health
Case management
Flight/Transport Group home
Insurance companies
Correctional facilities
Quality Education
Mental health
Private homes
Public health
Staff Development
Courts of law

How does an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) differ from a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)?1

More and more employers are requiring a BSN, so for those looking to receive/have already received their ADN, a BSN is the next step. A BSN is a four year degree and an ADN is a two year degree. Nurses with a BSN are allowed to work in some fields that a RN is not. If you want to continue your education after your ADN you can continue working while pursuing your BSN.

What can you do with an associate's degree in nursing?1 

After earning your degree and passing the NCLEX-RN exam, you will be qualified for a staff nurse (an entry level position) for a hospital, nursing facility, or other health care services. Some hospitals even offer internships to new nurses to help them gain knowledge in specialty areas.

What can you do with a bachelor's degree in nursing?1

Those with BSNs are offered more responsibility than those with an associate degree. You could work in several settings from public/private hospitals, physicians' offices, home health care services, to nursing facilities. Those with a BSN are more likely to work in a supervisory capacity.
Those who gain their BSN must also pass the national licensing exam and a background check.

What can you do with a Master of Science in Nursing?2 

Those with a master's degree in nursing (MSN) choose a specialty. Specialties include:
  • nurse midwife
  • nurse practitioner
  • clinical nurse specialist
  • nurse anesthesiologist
All of these specialties have areas of specialization within them, as well. Once you gain your MSN you can work in your specialized field or become a nurse educator. Nurse educators teach in colleges, universities, junior colleges, hospitals, and technical/trade schools.

Supplemental Information

Application Process
Essential Functions
Certificate of Immunization Status
Immunization Requirements for Community College Students
Hepatitis B Waiver
Standards for Health Professions Students
CNA-CMA Work Experience Form

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Program Advisor

Dr. Lori James
Nursing Program Lead
7390 S. Sixth St.
Klamath Falls, OR 97603

Other Faculty

Lori James
Program Director & Faculty: Nursing
Cheryl Hickel
Faculty: Nursing