Recent Lewis & Clark graduates have successfully entered nursing programs at OHSU, Duke University, Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, Emory University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, University of Colorado, and UCSF.


Some good places to start for information on the nursing profession:


Prerequisites vary depending on which type of nursing degree you are pursuing.

Registered Nurse (RN)

Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Minimum Education

Associate’s (ADN) or Bachelor’s (BSN) degree

Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Common Work Settings

  • Medical, surgical, and research hospitals (60%)
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Home healthcare
  • Schools
  • Private practice (nearly half)
  • Managed care facilities
  • Community clinics
  • College campuses
  • Hospitals
  • University faculty

Licensing & Certification

Required to pass the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination)

Must have passed the NCLEX-RN exam and re-certify every five years

Can Prescribe Medications?




Usually work under the supervision of other nurses or doctors

Free in many states to work without direct supervision



Depending on the nursing program, some course credits from Lewis & Clark may be transferable.

Students in most ADN and BSN programs should expect to take the following courses:



Equivalent Lewis & Clark courses

Biology w/ lab

1 year

BIO 151 and 200

General Chemistry w/ lab

1 year

CHEM 110/120 or 115/135


1 semester

Not offered at L&C. Can be taken online or at Portland Community College.

Physiology w/ lab

1 year

BIO 375


1 year

PSY 100 + any upper-level PSY


1 year

Many possibilities, including E&D

Organic Chemistry w/ lab

1 semester

CHEM 210


1 semester

Not offered at L&C. Can be taken at Portland Community College.


1 semester

ECON 103, MATH 105, MATH 255, or PSY 200


1 semester

CHEM 105