Frequently Asked Questions
How competitive is the nursing program?
Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Students must have completed, or be in the process of completing, all prerequisite courses and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 and a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.8 with a required “C” or higher in all prerequisite courses. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Forty-eight (48) students are admitted each spring semester (January). The number and quality of the applicants determine competitiveness of the applicant pool.
How and when do I apply to the nursing program?
All students apply for admission into the nursing program between February 1 and June 24 (5 p.m.) each year. Applications are available to download online during that time, and no late applications will be considered.
Is there a time limitation for any of the college courses?
Yes, for the science and math (human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology, pathophysiology, and college algebra) courses they cannot have been taken over five years prior to the year you are applying to the nursing program.
Will George Fox University accept prerequisites completed at a community/junior college?
Yes, but it is important that you check our Nursing Transfer Guide page it will explain what courses at other colleges and universities meet our prerequisite requirements. For courses not listed, please contact the admissions office.
May I complete my prerequisites at George Fox University?
Absolutely, George Fox University offers all of the prerequisite classes.
Are admission decisions based on my cumulative grade point average (GPA)?
Your GPA is one of the criteria considered in admission.
Should I get my CNA before I apply?
Having your CNA license is not necessary for the GFU program, but volunteer experience in a medical setting prior to nursing school can be helpful.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, for further questions please contact our Student Financial Services.
How many clinical hours will I have?
Students in the nursing program spend between 800-1000 hours in Clinical learning.
Can I work while I’m attending nursing school?
Maybe part-time. It is rare for someone to work while attending the nursing program. The program is demanding and will require much of your time and energy.
What does the curriculum look like?
Take a look at our curriculum plan to see what your class schedule may look like.
Why should I come to GFU's nursing program?
At George Fox, you will not only receive the training to address patients’ physical needs, you will learn the importance that psychosocial and spiritual aspects play in overall health as well. And, in addition to the sciences, you will take classes in math, history, communication, physical education, religion, and psychology — all within a Christian college environment where faith is integrated with learning.
Will the B.S. with a major in nursing permit me to enter a graduate program?
Our bachelor of science in nursing major will prepare you for a career of service to humanity. Our nursing graduates are equipped to pursue graduate education and fulfill the need for nurses in advanced practice, higher education, management and research.
Is the undergraduate program accredited?
The program has been granted full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Upon completion of the nursing program, you will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN state-licensing exam.
Why do I have to take non-nursing courses?
George Fox University is Liberal Arts University.
What is a complete application?
- Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
- One Essays
- Two Recommendation and Appraisal forms
I earned college credit through Advanced Placement for statistics and calculus; do I still need to take those prerequisites?
To find out more information please contact our Registrars Office.
Is there a nursing organization on campus?
Yes, our Student Nursing Assocoiation on campus is called LIFE. The purpose of LIFE is to provide our members with an opportunity to identify with the nursing profession and to foster intellectual, educational, spiritual, and social activities related to professional nursing.
What is the TEAS test?
The test is called the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V. This is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage.