Oregon RN to MSN Programs
Registered nurses in Oregon who are interested in furthering their career by earning their Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree have at least two in-state schooling options. RNs can choose from the MSN program at University of Portland or the MSN programs at Oregon Health & Science University with campuses throughout the state. Both schools offer specialization tracks that put a variety of advanced nursing careers within reach for Oregon's nurses.
Nurses considering applying to an MSN program in Oregon will likely encounter the following admissions requirements:
- Must hold an unencumbered RN license
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate work
- Submission of resume which documents clinical experience, and/or professional letters of recommendation
- Application forms that may include a personal statement or essay
- Completion of all prerequisite courses; for instance, applicants to the University of Portland MSN program must have completed an approved undergraduate statistics course with a grade of B or better within three years of application
Oregon Health & Science University offers two pathways to an MSN degree: an accelerated RN-BSN to MSN program designed for students who have completed a Bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field to complete their Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and MSN degrees simultaneously in two years and BSN to MSN programs for RNs who have completed their BSN degree and would now like to complete the MSN portion. OHSU offers several specialization tracks including Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse-Midwifery, Health Systems & Organizational Leadership, Nursing Education and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner.
University of Portland offers an MSN program for RNs who have completed their BSN degree. The MSN program is offered in a hybrid format with a combination of online learning and required on-campus intensives. The program allows student to choose from the following specializations: Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator.
As part of their MSN program, University of Portland, for example, offers the following nursing courses:
- Nursing Science for Advanced Practice
- Policy & Politics for the Nurse Leader
- Assessment of Health Within Illness
- Pathophysiology and Pharmacology: Illness Trajectory & Symptom Control
- Clinical Prevention & Population Health
Online MSN programs offer students the opportunity to work at their own pace from wherever they live, often while working full- or part-time. These programs, while primarily completed online, also usually include a clinical requirement that is completed in-person on campus or in the student's local area.
Featured Online School
Oregon Health & Science University offers a CCNE-accredited, online MSN Nurse Educator program for nurses that have completed their BSN degree and who are interested in pursuing a career as either faculty in a school of nursing or staff educator in a healthcare organization. The program begins in the fall semester and is available for full- or part-time progression. Classes are primarily online with face-to-face intensives scheduled in some classes. In addition to completing core courses, students choose a clinical population focus from one of three areas: adult gerontology nursing, community health nursing or psychiatric mental health nursing.
Admissions and Program Length
The length of an RN to MSN program varies depending on both the school and the student. As one example, at Oregon Health & Science University, the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program is a full-time two-year program that begins in the fall semester. The online MSN Nurse Educator program is available in full- or part-time progression and also begins in the fall semester.
Tuition and Cost of Attendance
The cost of tuition for an MSN program varies depending on school and program selected. For instance, the current cost of MSN program tuition at Oregon Health & Science University ranges from $572 - $725 per credit hour for Oregon residents, depending on specialization chosen. The graduate level nursing tuition at University of Portland is currently $746 - $1,271 per semester. These tuition costs do not include course fees or out-of-pocket expenses like books. Tuition costs are subject to change at any time, so make sure to check on the latest costs with your school of choice at the time of application.
An MSN degree opens the door to a variety of potential career paths for Oregon's registered nurses. From administrative and educator positions to direct patient care roles, the MSN-educated nurse has a number of career options to choose from. The following are just a few nursing careers that require an MSN:
- Clinical Nurse Leader
- Nurse Educator
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN to MSN Salary Comparison
An MSN degree delivers increased earning potential to nurses in Oregon. The mean annual wage for MSN-educated nurse practitioners in Oregon is around $113,380. That is a significant increase over the mean annual wage for a registered nurse in Oregon, which is around $87,000. There are dozens of possible career paths for MSN-educated registered nurses, all of which come with significantly higher salaries than the average ADN- or BSN-required RN position.
- Oregon Nurses Association
- Oregon Board of Nursing
- Nurse Practitioners of Oregon
- Oregon Student Nurses Association
The state of Oregon offers a 'hybrid' style of transitioning from RN to MSN degree. This modality is meant to be flexible with the idea of small class sizes, web based learning and monthly in-person immersion weekends; upon completion you receive your MSN degree. Although there is only one college currently offering this program within the state there are other accredited online distance programs that can be taken. MSN degrees allow candidates to become urgent care nurses, specialize in oncology, perinatal nursing, etc., the possibilities are open to explore an array of different specialties.
Oregon Health and Science UniversityCampus
3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd.
Portland, OR 97239
University of PortlandCampus
5000 N. Willamette Blvd
Portland, OR 97203