Rogue Community College has extended the application deadline for admission to its practical nursing program as well as the LPN-to-RN Bridge program that allows practical nurses to advance their careers. The new application deadline for both programs is Dec. 9. Classes begin Jan. 2, 2023, at the Table Rock Campus in White City.
An online information session will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 30; the Zoom link is available at roguecc.edu/nursing. Attending an information session is required before meeting with an advisor.
Practical nursing is a one-year certificate program that prepares students to take the state board exam to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Essential members of a health care team, LPNs provide individualized care in various work settings including long-term care, hospitals, home health, doctors’ offices and other community settings. LPN salaries in the Rogue Valley range from $47,618 to $68,116. Local positions are expected to increase by 34% over the next 10 years.
RCC also extended the application deadline for its advanced placement LPN-to-RN Bridge program, which allows current LPNs to jump into the associate degree nursing program to become a registered nurse (RN). Practical nurses applying to this advanced placement program must be currently licensed with the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN), have a minimum of 500 OSBN working hours and have completed all program prerequisites listed on the college’s associate degree nursing (ADN) program map.
RN salaries in the Rogue Valley range from $75,021 to $120,179. There is high demand for these positions. Over the next 10 years, there are expected to be almost 600 new RN positions in the Rogue Valley.