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Health Occupations

These programs are designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of medical settings and as skilled technical members of health occupations teams.

Nursing: This program is designed to prepare students with entry-level skills needed to assume the role of a Registered Nurse. Students will need to successfully complete the licensure exam at the end of six quarters or students may elect to replace the last term of the Associate of Applied Science degree with a Bachelor’s in Nursing course and complete three more terms to achieve a Bachelor’s in Nursing degree. Students who have completed an Associate of Applied Science degree would need to complete an additional four quarters to receive a Bachelor’s in Nursing degree.

Employment Opportunities: Registered Nursing career opportunities range from good to excellent with occupational titles that include Staff Nurse, Home Health Nurse (BSN preferred), Basic Nursing Assistant Program Instructor (BSN preferred), Clinic Nurse (RN), Hospice Nurse (BSN preferred), School Nurse (BSN), Specialty Nursing (Associate with in-hospital training after usually one year in Medical Surgical area, BSN, MSN with clinical specialty), Public Health nursing (BSN preferred). The salary entry range for an Associate of Applied Science degree RN ranges from $30,000 to $45,000 and for a BSN from $40,000 to $55,000. There is great variability across the country.

Allied Health: These programs are designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of medical settings. Rural hospitals serve as health care centers, often combining long-term skilled care with hospital care. Rural health aides are prepared to transcribe physician's orders, assemble charts, and perform medical clerical/medical records tasks as well as provide personal and basic patient care in homes, hospitals, long term care, and assisted living facilities under the supervision of an RN or LPN. Basic nursing assistants (when certified by the Oregon State Board of Nursing as Certified Nursing Assistants) provide personal and basic nursing care to clients and patients in homes, clinics, assisted living facilities, skilled and acute care settings under the supervision of licensed health care professionals.

Employment Opportunities: Rural health aide career opportunities range from fair to excellent with occupational titles that include Home Health Aide, Nursing Assistant, Residence Assistant, Caregiver, Personal Care Attendant, Certified Nursing Assistant, Ward Clerk, and Unit Secretary. Basic nursing assistant career opportunities range from good to excellent with occupational titles that include Home Health Aide, Nursing Assistant, Residence Assistant, Caregiver, Personal Care Attendant, and Certified Nursing Assistant.

Medical Technical: These programs are designed to prepare students for employment as skilled technical members of health occupations teams. Pharmacy technicians are trained to assist the pharmacist in preparing and dispensing medications in hospitals, long-term care facilities, as well as independent and chain store pharmacies connected to retail stores.

Employment Opportunities: Pharmacy technician career opportunities range from fair to excellent with occupational titles that include Pharmacist Assistant and Pharmacy Technician.