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Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

Application period closed March 31, 2024.

This two-year degree is a combination of nursing and transfer credits. For more information, please look under the “Additional Information” tab. This Associate Degree qualifies you to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).


LPN to RN Program

Application period closed March 31, 2024.

OCCC has opened applications for its brand-new LPN-to-RN Bridge Program, offering LPN license holders a straightforward and accessible path to becoming a Registered Nurse. Learn more — applications are open now and only a limited supply of seats are available for the program starting this Fall!


Informational Videos

  • Looking for more information about the RN program that began in the Fall 2024 term? Check out this video, recorded in December 2023. 
  • Interested in OCCC’s growing LPN-to-RN program? This video is for you. 


Intended Learning Outcomes

Role Descriptions

The Nursing AAS is designed for the person intending to work as a registered nurse in the health care industry.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Learning experiences in this program are designed to assist the student in realizing the following outcomes:

  1. Use a holistic approach to develop, implement, and evaluate plans of care for groups of patients that apply standard nursing care plans to meet individual needs.
  2. Communicate effectively and collaboratively in a self-directed manner with patients, families, and members of the health care team.
  3. Use first-level management skills in providing care for individuals and groups of patients.
  4. Make decisions regarding patient care based on professional values and responsibilities at the associate degree nurse level while complying with identified legal/ethical standards (scope of practice regulations established by boards of nursing and Code of Practice guidelines established by the American Nurses Association).

Career Information

State of Oregon Employment Department

Information for Current Nursing Students

Information for current Nursing Students

Nursing Program Student Handbook

The OCCC Foundation offers several scholarships specifically for students accepted into the nursing program.  Continuing nursing students and those who have applied for acceptance into the next cohort are encouraged to apply for these scholarships.  Learn more about OCCC Foundation Scholarships here.

Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) has co-enrollment agreements with Linfield University, Grand Canyon University, and Bushnell University to provide students graduating from our program an opportunity to pursue a Bachelor’s in Nursing degree. These co-enrollment agreements support and encourage student progression from the Associate of Applied Science degree program to the Bachelor of Science degree program (RN to BSN) through consistent program communication, curricular coordination, and focused academic advising. Collaboratively, we are promoting successful undergraduate educational experiences for our nursing students.

For additional information, consult the Linfield University, Grand Canyon University , and/or Bushnell University websites.


Oregon Coast Community College is committed to providing equal opportunities for students with disabilities throughout the College community. Students with documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Our philosophy is to maximize your independence and self-reliance, providing a variety of support options to assist you in achieving your educational and/or vocational objectives. To receive services, you must submit documentation of your disabling condition(s) to the Vice President of Student Affairs. To initiate support services, please call 541-867-8511 or email for assistance. Students are responsible for requesting, in a timely manner, accommodation and documenting the nature and extent of their disability.

Equal Opportunity & Non-Discrimination

The College prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in any area, activity or operation of the College. The College also prohibits retaliation against an individual for engaging in activity protected under this policy, and interfering with rights or privileges granted under anti-discrimination laws. In addition, the College complies with applicable provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), related Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (“USERRA’), and all local and state civil rights laws. Under this policy, equal opportunity for employment, admission, and participation in the College’s programs, services, and activities will be extended to all persons, and the College will promote equal opportunity and treatment through application of this policy and other College efforts designed for that purpose.

Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact either: 
Andres Oroz, Vice President of Student Affairs
Joy Gutknecht, Human Resources Manager

Questions can also be mailed to their attention at:
400 SE College Way
Newport, OR  973660