Nursing Department

The profession of nursing and nursing education is in a state of continual development. As the profession and health care have advanced, the need for nurses who are committed to a high level of intellectual inquiry is constantly increasing.

Nursing Admissions and Progression Criteria

To be considered for admission into the nursing major, the following criteria MUST be met:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 2.8 on all prerequisite courses. Cumulative grade point average should include all transfer courses.
  2. Satisfactory scores on HESI Admission Assessment exam.
  3. Essay.
  4. Two Recommendation and Appraisal forms.  One must be from a science professor.

Additional requirements upon admission to the nursing major include:

  1. Criminal Background Check.
  2. Drug Testing.
  3. Health Certification Requirements - Immunization following CDC guidelines for healthcare workers.
  4. BLS/CPR Certification - American Heart Association - Healthcare Providers.

Priority Admission to the Bachelor of Science Nursing Program at George Fox University

Once admitted to George Fox University, freshmen students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing who meet the following expectations of academic and personal achievement during their freshman and sophomore years will be eligible for priority admission into the Nursing major.

  1. Maintain a 3.3 minimum cumulative GPA in all classes.
  2. Maintain a 3.3 minimum cumulative GPA in math and science classes including MATH 180, Chemistry 151 & 152, and BIOL 221 & 222.
  3. Meet other nursing application criteria including the HESI A2 Exam, an essay, and Recommendation and Appraisal forms.
  4. Demonstrate evidence of good citizenship and responsibility while on campus.
  5. Maintain full-time student status at George Fox University.
  6. Students whose GPA falls below the benchmark of a 3.3, but do meet the 2.8 GPA minimum requirement, are still eligible to apply for the nursing program; however, priority admission to the major is not guaranteed.
  7. Once admitted into the nursing program, continuation in the program is not guaranteed.

Nursing Program Continuation

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 2.0 or higher.
  2. Attain grades of C or better in all professional coursework.
  3. Achieve satisfactory evaluations of performance in clinical experiences.
  4. Meet nursing major individual milestones.

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


More information about programs and faculty of the nursing department can be found on the Nursing Degree Program page.