Nursing FAQ

Application and Admittance

Admission to the nursing program is competitive. You must complete all prerequisite courses and post a grade of “C” or higher in each of them. Even then, meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. The admissions committee selects from George Fox University applicants first, and any remaining positions are then filled by transfer students. The number and quality of the applicants determine the competitiveness of the applicant pool.

Yes. Your GPA is one of the criteria considered in admission.

Having your CNA license is not necessary for the George Fox program. Volunteer experience in a healthcare setting prior to nursing school may be helpful.

Absolutely. We offer all of the prerequisite classes.

Yes. All science and math courses – human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology, pathophysiology, and college algebra – must be taken within the seven years prior to your application year.

Students have the option to earn college credit by completing AP exams. Some of these exams meet prerequisites for the nursing program. Students need to earn a minimum score or higher in order to be awarded AP credit at George Fox. You can view the university’s minimum score requirements on our AP Equivalency page.

AP exams that can meet nursing prerequisites are:

  • English Language and Composition (score of 3+)
  • English Literature and Composition (score of 4+)
  • Calculus AB (score of 4+)
  • Calculus BC (score of 4+)
  • Statistics (score of 4+)

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.

Transfer Students

Your first step is to contact the admissions office at 1-800-765-4369, ext. 2240, or You need to apply to the university no later than September 1 in order to meet the October 2 nursing program deadline.

Yes, but it’s important to check out our Nursing Transfer Guide, which will explain what courses at the community colleges meet our prerequisite requirements. For colleges or universities not listed, please contact the admissions office.

Cost & Financial Aid

Yes. In fact, 100% of our undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. To learn more, contact our financial aid office.

The average upfront cost to attend George Fox as a first-year traditional undergraduate student is $18,530 (2021-22). But you could pay even less based on your GPA and FAFSA. Our merit scholarships range from $6,000 to $20,000, with opportunities to earn even more through our Scholarship Summit.

Learn more about tuition and financial aid, or contact your financial aid counselor if you have more specific questions.

Program Details

Yes. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at George Fox University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( 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.

Students will have seven unique clinical learning experiences throughout the nursing program.

Take a look at our 2021-22 nursing course plan to see what your class schedule may look like.

The College of Nursing understands that student nurses may need to work during the semester to afford essential items. The amount of hours a student may work each week and succeed academically varies from student to student. If a student must work during the semester, the College of Nursing strongly recommends student nurses work 16 hours or less per week. If a student struggles academically and is at risk for failing a course, the student's academic advisor will strongly encourage the student to reduce weekly work hours. Students who need financial assistance should meet with a staff member in the George Fox University Office of Financial Aid.

George Fox University is a liberal arts university. As such, we believe in a well-rounded education that incorporates courses in the sciences, history, communication, physical education, religion, and psychology – all taught within a Christian college environment where faith is integrated with learning. In the nursing program itself, you’ll not only receive training to address patients’ physical needs, you will also learn the importance that psychosocial and spiritual aspects play in overall health.

Yes. In order to meet the university requirements for graduation, you will take 3 credits in The Bible (THEO 101), 3 credits in Christianity (THEO 102), and 3 credits in Ethics (THEO 380). If you have an approved transfer degree and have already taken an ethics course, you only need to take THEO 101 and THEO 102. See our 2021-22 nursing course plan for a more comprehensive overview of how these courses fit in your four-year plan.

Yes. Our nursing graduates are equipped to pursue graduate education and fulfill the need for nurses in advanced practice, higher education, management, and research.

Outside the Classroom

We have a few opportunities for our nursing students to serve and lead – through the Nursing Club, as nursing ambassadors, and as nursing class representatives. The purpose of each is to provide members and peers with an opportunity to foster intellectual, educational, spiritual, and social activities related to professional nursing.

Access to transportation, (i.e. personal vehicle or carpool) is necessary during the nursing program for the clinical experiences.

George Fox University is required to make cost of attendance (COA) information publicly available on this website. The best way to find out how much it will cost for you to attend George Fox is to apply and receive a financial aid package specific to your situation.