Admission and Application Requirements

Admission and Application Requirements

Application Deadline: September 30 by 5p.m.
Applications will be available for download from May 15 to September 30)

The Department of Nursing admits 40 students spring semester each year into the nursing major.

Admission to the nursing major is competitive, and meeting the admission criteria does not assure acceptance into the program. One must be admitted to George Fox before you can apply to the nursing major.

Transfer students please note: Priority for admission into the nursing major will be given to George Fox students already in the system.

Nursing Admissions and Progression Criteria

In order for admission into the nursing major, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 2.8. Cumulative grade point average should include all transfer courses.
  2. Satisfactory scores on Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
  3. A two-page statement addressing the following:
    1. Factors that drew you to nursing
    2. Your conception of the role(s) of the professional nurse
    3. Your goals as a professional nurse
    4. A description of any cross-cultural experiences
    5. A description of any volunteer and/or work experiences
    6. Any educational, social, and personal barriers you have overcome
    7. How faith, values, beliefs have shaped and will impact your life and professional career
  4. Two letters of reference (at least one must be from an individual not associated with George Fox University)
  5. Health Certification Requirements: Students applying to the nursing program must complete and submit the following information along with completed application to the nursing major. If not completed, your application will not be considered for admission into the nursing major:
    1. Proof of current immunizations for polio, diphtheria, tetanus, second MMR, and hepatitis B vaccination
    2. Titer for varicella (chicken pox) is required only if you do not know if and when you have had chicken pox. If you have had chicken pox, include year of disease on health record.
    3. Negative Mantoux or PPD (TB) needs to be current through the school year. (Students must provide a copy of an updated test for their files each year). If the student has had a positive Mantoux or PPD, he or she will need documentation of a negative chest X-ray to be submitted with the application. If chest X-ray is positive, the student needs to see his or her health care provider. Admission to the nursing program may occur only after the department receives verification of a negative sputum culture.
    4. Current healthcare provider CPR certification - American Heart Association (recommended) or Red Cross. All students are required to provide proof of current CPR certification with application.

Continuation in the nursing program is dependent on satisfactory academic performance and the demonstration of the character and ethics needed for success in the profession. Students must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better
  2. Attain grades of C or better in all professional course work
  3. Satisfactory evaluations of performance in clinical experiences

Nursing students are subject to the policies contained in the Nursing Policies and Procedures Handbook

Application to the Department of Nursing

Students are admitted spring semester sophomore year. Applications are available online beginning May 15 Applications and required materials must be completed and returned to the Department of Nursing by Oct. 31.

Transfer Students only: There is a $40 non-refundable application fee. Check or money order payable to George Fox Department of Nursing.

  1. All prerequisites must be successfully completed (grade of C or better) by the end of the fall semester in which you are applying.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 required

    GPA earned from the following prerequisite courses will count for approximately 50 percent of admission points:

    1. Chemistry 151, 152
    2. Biology 221, 222
    3. Math 180 or higher
    4. Sociology 150
    5. Communications 100
    6. Writing 110
  3. Transcripts: Applicants must submit a copy of all transcripts of courses completed at universities other than George Fox University.
  4. Applicants must submit documentation of current Immunizations and healthcare provider CPR Certification with their application. It is the responsibility of the student to keep these records current throughout their tenure in the program.

    Proof of month/year you received vaccination for: polio; diphtheria; tetanus (within 10 years); second MMR; hepatitis B and varicella titer (chicken pox) if you don't know if you had them; negative PPD (TB) or chest X-ray.

  5. Criminal History Check: Students are required to have a background check. The cost of the background check ($70 plus cost for fingerprinting) is the responsibility of each student. Results of the background check must be on file, in the nursing office, prior to first clinical rotations. Please contact the nursing department's administrative assistant (503-554-2950) for further information about background checks.
  6. Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS): Entrance examination must be taken before submission of application. Scores must be attached to the application. The TEAS test was developed by Assessment Technologies Institute, and measures basic essential skills. The format is time limited (4 hours), computer-based multiple choice tests. Domains tested are math, reading, science, and English. Cost for taking the test is $15. Please pay the administrative assistant, in the Department of Nursing prior to scheduling the test; you must have a receipt in order to schedule a time to take the TEAS test. TEAS can be taken at George Fox's computer lab on the third floor of the Stevens Center. You may purchase an optional study guide ($25) by calling Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) at 1-800-667-7531 or from the website
  7. A typed two-page personal statement (see nursing admission and progression criteria) must be submitted with application.
  8. Two letters of reference (see nursing admission and progression criteria) must be submitted with application.