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Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is a member of the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) and offers a competency-based curriculum jointly developed by nursing faculties from the eleven community colleges and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) consortium partners. The core competencies address the need for nurses to be skilled in clinical judgment and critical thinking; evidence-based practice; relationship-centered care; interdisciplinary collaboration; assisting individuals and families in self-care practices for promotion of health and management of chronic and acute illness; end-of-life care; and teaching, delegation, leadership and supervision of caregivers.
Acceptance to the program allows for co-admission to MHCC and OHSU Nursing programs. The program is designed as four years of full-time study.
- Year 1: This year is devoted to prerequisite/preparatory courses (45-credit hours minimum) required for admission to the restricted entry Nursing program at MHCC.
- Year 2 and 3: The first five terms of the MHCC Nursing program OCNE curriculum are identical for the Associate’s and Bachelor's degree courses. The sixth term offers students the ability to complete the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree at MHCC and provides the educational eligibility for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) licensure testing. Students who complete the AAS degree at MHCC and pass the NCLEX-RN exam also have the option to complete the upper division nursing courses for the Bachelor's degree from OHSU.
- Year 4: The OCNE curriculum continues for three additional terms leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) offered by OHSU. (The OHSU Bachelor's requirement of statistics may be completed at MHCC but 15 credits of upper division 300 and 400-level non-nursing courses must be completed through other colleges or universities.)
Students should understand that although co-admitted to the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Nursing, those who choose to transition from the Community College Nursing Program to OHSU will have to undergo a Criminal Background Check for OHSU prior to enrollment in OHSU courses and enrollment may be negatively impacted by any criminal history in their background.
Consortium for Nursing Education: ocne.org
Oregon Health & Science
University Nursing School Program: ohsu.edu/son