Registered Nursing

Registered Nursing

Q & A 

Fall 2022 nursing application information session videos


What states can I apply for a Registered Nurse license after completing the program at Klamath Community College (KCC)?

KCC RN program prepares candidates to apply for RN licensure in the state of Oregon. The program may also prepare candidates for other states, however, KCC has not made a determination that our curriculum meets other states educational requirements for licensure. Candidates in all states are required to successfully complete the same licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) and in general, RN licenses are transferable between all US states through reciprocity. RNs must be licensed or otherwise approved by the respective state board of nursing to practice as an RN in the state they are currently working.

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. Plenty of other options exist.
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 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 a 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 earning an ADN, you can continue working while pursuing your BSN.

What can you do with an associate 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, or
  • nurse anesthesiologist.
All of these specialties have areas of specialization within them, as well. Once you gain a MSN you can work in a specialized field or become a nurse educator. Nurse educators teach in colleges, universities, junior colleges, hospitals, and technical/trade schools.

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Median Annual Salary

United States:
Oregon State:
Klamath Region:

Prospective Jobs

Private Hospital Nursing Facilities Physician's Office/Clinic
Public Hospital Assisted Living Facility Home Health Agency

2019-2029 Employment Projection

13.4% Growth

Entry Level Educational Requirements:

Bachelor's Degree

All data was gathered from the State of Oregon Employment Department and Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Data provided for a registered nurse position. For a different employment forecast, visit the State of Oregon Employment Department.
Program Advisor
Allison Sansom MSN, RN
Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences
7390 South 6th St.
Klamath Falls, OR 97603


Michael West
SIM Lab coordinator; Adjunct A&P
Allison Sansom MSN, RN
Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences
Lindsey Mosley MSN, RN
Faculty: Nursing
Amy Blankenship
Nursing Faculty
Angela Carter
Nursing Faculty