Nursing Admissions for Transfers

The Spring 2025 admission cycle will open July 1st, 2024. 

You may use the Should I Apply for Direct, General, or Transfer Admit? questionnaire to help you determine what type of application you should fill out.

George Fox’s nursing program accepts transfer students, who must complete all general education requirements needed to obtain the baccalaureate degree. As a transfer student, you will also need to complete 9 credits of theology (THEO) at George Fox (6 credits if you have an approved transfer degree).

General education course work can be met through an approved transfer degree or completion of general education course work. 

If you would like more information, watch for our virtual information sessions that will be coming soon.

Application Process

  1. Apply to George Fox University

    Complete your general application to George Fox University 

  2. Apply to the Nursing Program

    Complete your Nursing program application via your George Fox Admissions Dashboard by clicking on the "Apply to Nursing" button to start the nursing application. (Hint: you can access your Admissions Dashboard once you submit your general George Fox application, so make sure to submit that before getting started on the Nursing Application.) Our application includes:

    Verifying your prerequisites
    3 short essay questions
    submitting your resume (maximum of 2 pages)

  3. Group Interview

    All eligible applicants will be invited to an online group interview for fall admission in late April/early May and for spring admission in late September/early October.

    As a group, you will review two case studies (no nursing knowledge required) and present your solutions to the observer. Applicants will be scored on the following items:

    Focus on Activity

    Encouragement and Participation

    Discussing and Listening

    Prioritization and Time Management

    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  4. Admission Decision

    Transfer admit spaces are not guaranteed. Applicants will be offered admission based on a point system, and space availability.


Transfer students are eligible to receive scholarships in the amount of $5,000 to $16,000 per year. Learn more about tuition and financial aid

Watch video: Life@Fox: A Day in the Life of a Transfer Student

Prerequisite Courses

For fall admission cycles, all nursing prerequisites must be completed by the winter term. For spring admission cycle, all nursing prerequisite courses must be completed by the previous summer term.

Science courses must be completed within seven years of the anticipated program start date (or have approval from the nursing program director). The MATH 180 prerequisite course cannot be satisfied through a statistics course. Our transfer guide shows equivalent course at local community colleges.

Science prerequisite courses:

BIOL 221: Anatomy & Physiology I

BIOL 222: Anatomy & Physiology II (if taking quarter courses, a third A&P is required to complete the sequence)

BIOL 367: Microbiology

CHEM 150: General, Organic & Biological Chemistry (must include all three components)

Non science nursing prerequisite courses:

COMM 111: Communication in Society (Intro to Communication)

WRIT 111: Caring for Words (English Composition)

MATH 180: College Algebra

PSYC 150: General Psychology

PSYC 310: Lifespan Human Development

THEO 380: Ethics

MATH 240: Statistical Procedures

NURS 220: Nutrition Essentials


For a complete evaluation of your prerequisite courses, schedule a meeting with our transfer admissions counselor Madi Bradley or contact her at or 503-554-2254.

GPA Requirements

Transfer students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA in both their nursing prerequisite and nursing prerequisite science courses to be eligible for admission. Students must receive a letter grade of “C” or higher in all nursing prerequisite courses. A grade of “C-“or lower (including pass/fail) will not be accepted. Retakes of prerequisite courses will be evaluated and multiple retakes could impact the decision to admit.



Running Start Applicants

Running Start students who complete at least two semesters with a minimum of 12 credits at George Fox University will be considered for Direct Admission. Running Start students with one semester (minimum of 12 credits) at George Fox University and no additional college credits (earned after graduation from high school) will be considered for General Admission. If a Running Start student has additional college credit (earned after graduation from high school), they will be considered a transfer student and must apply via the George Fox University website and then the application for the College of Nursing.

Please contact the nursing office at for specific instructions regarding your transfer courses.


A waitlist is implemented when there are more qualified applicants than placement capacity for an incoming class. Applicants placed on the waitlist are notified both by mail and email. If positions become available to accommodate additional eligible students, the waitlist will be activated. Applicants are only on the waitlist for the year of application.

COVID-19 & Nursing

The majority of our clinical partners are allowing exemptions to the COVID vaccine requirement. Individuals seeking admission to the College of Nursing for Spring 2024 and beyond may complete a COVID vaccine exemption form.

Admission Resources

Note: The prerequisite requirements changed starting Fall 2022. Please review the overview pages to ensure you have completed all the required courses.

Final acceptance to the program is contingent upon passing a background check and drug screen.
Learn more about program and clinical requirements