George Fox University Nursing School Review

Based in Newberg, Oregon, George Fox University (GFU) is a four-year university awarding bachelor’s through doctoral degrees and certificates. George Fox University was established by Quakers in 1885 as Friends Pacific Academy. Friends Pacific Academy focused on Christian education and former U.S. President Herbert Hoover was among its first students. George Fox University now enrolls over 3,000 students.  With the main campus in Newberg, other campuses of George Fox University are in Salem, Boise (Idaho) and Portland. The university was ranked by Forbes as one of the top Christian colleges and top 150 colleges in the nation. George Fox University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Nursing Programs

The BSN (Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing) program at George Fox University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN).

George Fox University Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Nursing Major (BSN)

The Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) major at George Fox University educates nurses for professional practice in a Christian setting. The BSN program can be completed in four years.

Admission Process

Students interested in the nursing program should first apply to George Fox University. Admission requirements to the BSN program include a minimum GPS of 2.8 (a GPA of 3.3 is preferred for priority admission), satisfactory score on the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills), and completion of nursing prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C”. Prerequisite courses include microbiology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. Transfer students are admitted to the nursing major at George Fox University, but usually no more than ten each year. The university has published a detailed transfer guide for prospective students. After being admitted and completing prerequisite courses for the nursing program, students apply to the nursing program for their sophomore year.

Nursing Program Progression

 In addition to coursework, students complete clinical practicum experiences in schools, hospitals, clinics and other healthcare centers.  The majority of students at George Fox University also participate in an international experience at some point during their four years of study. Upon completion of the requirements for the nursing major, students receive a BSN and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses) to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Past cohorts of nursing major students at George Fox University have earned a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN.

International Experiences at George Fox University

Study abroad experiences are a key part of the undergraduate experience at George Fox University. U.S. News and World Report ranks George Fox University among the top 50 colleges in which study abroad is a key program.  Programs are available in Romania, Thailand, Egypt, Swaziland, Malawi and Russia among other places. There are specific programs such as Juniors abroad (a unique study abroad program subsidized by the university) and May Serve (a program for students to serve during the spring). In addition students can choose from a wide variety of unique study abroad experiences in almost every part of the world.

George Fox University
414 N Meridian Street,
Newberg, OR 97132