Frequently Asked Questions:

How much does the program cost? The Program costs $2700 payable by check or money order. There are additional costs for license by endorsement or reactivation $264, limited license $100, fingerprinting fee $64.50, liability insurance $110, CPR certification $50-75, TB skin test $25, and immunizations or titers $40-200 as well as needing scrubs and stethoscope.

Is there funding available? The program is not eligible for student loans. The Program is approved for Work Source.

How long does it take to complete the program? Fast trackers can complete the theory portion in about 3 months and the clinical portion in 4-5 weeks. Others with family and work commitments typically take about 9 months total. You are strongly encouraged to do clinical at least 3 days a week for the best learning.

How long does it take to get my active license when I have completed theory and clinical? After we mail your completion letter, evaluation and hours log to the Oregon State Board of Nursing your license will change from limited to active very soon.

Does the clinical experience have to be in the state of Oregon? Yes, you are required to complete your clinical hours in Oregon with an Oregon Registered Nurse preceptor. You may start the theory portion out of state.

Why do I have to have malpractice insurance? You are considered a graduate nurse and will be practicing nursing with a limited license during your clinical experience.

Where can I get my CPR certification? Many hospital and community health education centers offer CPR training. The preferred certification is American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for Healthcare Providers.

Where can I get my TB test and immunizations or titers? Many county health departments offer TB testing and immunizations. Occupational health clinics typically offer them as well. Community pharmacies are now offering immunizations. Please check prices as they vary.

Why do I need a urine drug screen? It is required of all healthcare students before clinical placement. The fee for the urine drug screen is included in your course fee. We have a service and will order this for you and share the results with you. Urine drug screen results are only shared with clinical sites when required and with your permission.

Why do I need another background check? We are required to do one before clinical placement and it helps clinical facilities meet Medicare and Joint Commission requirements. Although you did a background check for your limited license, those results are not shareable with any other agency. Also you may be licensed and have an offense that does not permit you to enter a particular clinical setting. The background check fee is part of your course fee. Some clinical agencies do their own background checks as well. Background checks are only shared with agencies when required and with your permission.

How long has the program been in existence? Health & Educational Consultants nurse re-entry program has been in existence for over 25 years.

I am a graduate from a foreign nursing program, what do I do? If you graduated from a foreign nursing program and have been licensed before in Oregon or another state AND have work experience as a nurse, preferably in the United States, our program may work for you. To be successful, you will need to pass the theory and clinical portion of the course. Some of our immigrant nurse students have struggled or been unsuccessful in the clinical portion of the course. Getting work experience as nursing assistant or medication aide before attempting the clinical portion is helpful. If you graduated from a foreign nursing program and have not taken the NCLEX, our program does not provide NCLEX preparation.