In preparation of nurses to serve the increasing health care needs of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, Concordia University-Portland expanded its nursing degree offerings and announced it will open a new Nursing Innovation Center at its Columbia River Campus beginning Fall 2019.

The addition of an eastside Nursing Innovation Center at Concordia’s Columbia River Campus provides 41,000-square feet of additional nursing clinical and classroom space, in addition to the 12,000-square foot westside Concordia Nursing Skills Center, which opened in Spring 2017.

“We now offer the full spectrum of options for anyone considering nursing,” said Lisa Presnall, Concordia University-Portland’s associate dean of Nursing. “From pre-nursing, to an accelerated bachelor degrees in nursing, to hybrid online and traditional programs, Concordia is meeting students where they are.”

In the past year, Oregon’s State Board of Nursing approved significantly expanded capacity for Concordia’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program, supported by Orbis Education. Concordia’s recent nursing graduates passed the May 2018 NCLEX-RN nursing exam at a rate of 100 percent. Concordia’s ABSN program fast tracks students who have completed their general education requirements and nursing pre-requisites into the nursing profession. It delivers a high-quality, clinically intensive nursing education in a short amount of time through a blend of online learning, practical application in a simulation lab, and in-hospital clinical rotations at healthcare facilities throughout the Portland area.