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Nursing - FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

The prerequisite GPA of applicants who are invited to Phase 2 is generally quite high but this is not to say students are not accepted into the program with a lower GPA. Applicants with a lower GPA may be able to make up points in other areas (i.e., discretionary points).

Having some health care experience is helpful and for the specific jobs listed on the application gives you more points. Students with experience have an easier time with some aspects in the program. However, it is not a requirement.

Yes, as long as you meet the minimum requirements to apply and have all official, final transcripts on file by the early application deadline you can still receive the early application points. You can submit optional documents like your certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification and work experience hours after the early application deadline (as long as they are received by the final deadline).

Students should understand that although co-admitted to the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing, those who choose to transition from the MHCC nursing program to OHSU will have to undergo a criminal background check for OHSU at the time of transition, and the ability to enroll in OHSU courses may be negatively impacted by any criminal history in their background.

The prerequisite year of the program is devoted to prerequisite courses required before the first quarter of the Nursing program. This is a similar experience at all Oregon Consortium of Nursing Education (OCNE) schools. Year two of the OCNE program is the first year of MHCC nursing program. Year three of the OCNE program is the second year of the MHCC Nursing Program. Upon completion of the MHCC nursing program, students can elect to apply to OHSU RN-to-BSN program to complete the final year of the OCNE curriculum. Please double-check with OHSU for the most current requirements.

It is important for students to be aware that residency requirements differ between OCNE schools and OHSU. Meeting the in-state tuition residency requirement for MHCC does not ensure students will be eligible for residency and in-state tuition at OHSU. Please visit the OHSU website,, for information on meeting residency requirements.

For additional OCNE curriculum information, please refer to the OCNE website,

No. This program is full time only. The core program classes are generally offered during the day. Clinical times vary and can be any day of the week including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays. Students will not be able to choose their clinical times or locations and will need to remain flexible throughout the program. The nursing classes and clinicals are very demanding and will take much of your time and attention. If accepted to the program it is recommend you work no more than 16 hours a week as students who try to work more often struggle in the program.

Individuals with a criminal record may not be allowed into a healthcare facility as a student. Because it is not possible to meet the objectives of the program without having clinical experience, anyone with a positive criminal or abuse history may not be eligible for acceptance in the nursing program. In addition, the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) requires criminal background checks on all persons applying for licensure in Oregon. Visit the OSBN site for information regarding any arrest or convictions (misdemeanors and felonies):

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