Why Portland is Where You Should Become a Nurse

Portland is the largest city in the state of Oregon, offering nursing students the perfect combination of culture, business, outdoor activities and entertainment.

According to the Oregon Employment Department, Oregon is the eighth fastest expanding job market—one of the biggest areas for job growth is in the health care industry.


The healthcare sector in Portland, as well as the entire Pacific Northwest, is strong with an increasing demand for nurses due to the rapidly aging baby boomer population. According to the The Demand for Nursing Professionals in Oregon – 2018, a report by the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN), nurses are in demand through the state.

Concordia University’s Accelerated BSN is proud to be part of Portland’s growing health care community, partnering with the city’s top hospitals.

Relocating to Portland, Oregon

If enrolling in our ABSN means you have to relocate, Portland is a great place to call home. The area provides easy access to popular attractions and countless outdoor activities. In fact, Oregon is the most popular destination for those moving out of state.

Plus, when compared to over 400 metropolitan areas across the country, Portland ranks 3rd in business and job growth as well as 3rd among the top 10 healthiest cities.  These statistics make Portland a great place to not only earn your accelerated BSN with Concordia University, but also the perfect place to begin your career as an RN.

Besides Portland’s job growth and healthy way of living, Portland also has:

  • Tax-free shopping
  • Great outdoor environment for hiking, camping and fishing
  • Close proximity to the Oregon Coast, Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge
  • Cost friendly, easy commuter options including the Portland Light Rail, known as the “Max”
  • A thriving cultural district including art galleries, theaters, visual arts, live music and museums
  • An amazing food scene ranked among America’s best

To learn more about Concordia University’s ABSN in Portland, contact us today.

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