Nursing Major

Nursing majors at George Fox study at one the top Christian colleges in the Pacific Northwest.

If you want to find a major that strikes a balance between caring for others and sound scientific knowledge, consider the George Fox nursing program.

As a nursing major at George Fox, you will prepare yourself for a rewarding career in a field that combines nursing expertise and compassion. Graduates of our Christian nursing college go on to work in hospitals, research facilities, community-based clinics, doctors’ offices and other health care facilities throughout the country. Our nursing graduates are also equipped to pursue graduate education and fulfill the need for nurses in advanced practice, higher education and management.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at George Fox University is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education ( and is also approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Upon completion of the nursing program, you will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Our graduates are overwhelmingly successful on this exam.

If you're already an RN but don't have your BSN yet, check out our RN to BSN program for working adults.

Request more information about the nursing major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs and Graduate School for Nursing

George Fox nursing majors get an education that integrates faith with learning.

Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest health care occupation in the United States, with 2.6 million jobs. Registered nurses will have the opportunity to work in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings including hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, nursing homes, community settings and academic institutions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, adding a projected 438,100 jobs in the United States over this period.

In Oregon, a recent research study conducted by the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) revealed that Oregon employers face difficulties in recruiting, hiring and retaining qualified nursing professionals across the health care industry. It also revealed that nearly 83 percent of hospitals and health systems plan to increase the number of registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree.

  • Surgical Unit, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Pediatrics, Loma Linda Medical Center
  • Surgery, Silverton Hospital
  • Oncology, Midland Memorial
  • Adult Medical/Surgical, OHSU
  • Labor and Delivery, Evergreen Hospital
  • NICU, UCLA Medical Center
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Family Birth Center, Legacy Emanuel
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, OHSU
  • ER, Salem Hospital
  • Labor & Delivery, Silverton Hospital
  • Medical/Surgical, Pali Momi Medical Center
  • Orthopedics, Salem Hospital
  • Pediatrics, Kadlec Regional Medical Center
  • Medical/Surgical, Providence Newberg
  • OHSU, Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner
  • Loma Linda University, Nurse Anesthesia
  • Washington State University, Nurse Practitioner Mental Health
  • Crown College, International Leadership with emphasis in Community Development
  • Cross-cultural study nursing experience in Ethiopia
  • 800-1000 hours of clinical experience outside the classroom including hospitals, clinics, home health and hospice, local schools, correctional facilities

Nursing Student Experiences

Sarah Emerson

"During my time in the George Fox School of Nursing, I have learned how to holistically assess and care for patients. Any school can teach you how to be a nurse, but George Fox's Be Known promise and Christ-centered approach to patient care truly sets us apart." 

- Sarah Emerson

Malachi Teague

"What really sets GFU School of Nursing apart is the faculty. Every member of the faculty is invested in the success of the students, and is willing to go the extra mile to make sure you have what you need to become the finest RN's in the discipline." 

- Malachi Teague

Nursing Points of Distinction

  • Graduates are prepared to enter the profession with a commitment to promoting health with excellence and integrity, and as imitators of Christ through caring with compassion and hope.
  • Students are taught to serve as leaders in providing holistic health care to a global community.
  • An attitude of lifelong learning is fostered in a foundation of liberal arts education.
  • Students are prepared for graduate education.
  • George Fox nursing students posted a first-time pass rate of 93 percent on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam, well above the national average of 84 percent (2018).

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad. That ranks among the national leaders in study abroad participation.

National recognition

George Fox has been ranked among the nation’s top colleges by publications like Forbes, U.S. News and World Report and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.