B.S. with a major in nursing

Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) program requirements

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants to this program must complete a series of college level courses in order to apply. Please note that all science prerequisite courses must be complete within 7 years from the program start date.  Please see the following document for all prerequisite requirements. Bachelors of Science with a major in Nursing program prerequisites

Prerequisite courses can be taken from any accredited institution and we have already identified which courses meet our prerequisites for the public institutions in Oregon and Washington. Please visit  our course equivalency guide to get more information.

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Applying to the Program:

  • Applicants need to complete a "prerequisite coursework form" as part of the application.
  • All students must have completed 45 quarter/30 semester credits of lower division prerequisites at an accredited institution prior to enrolling in the program. Although students may apply while in the process of completing admissions prerequisites, 30 quarter/20 semester credits must be completed by the end of Fall term. The 30 quarter credits must include Anatomy and Physiology I and Intermediate Algebra/Math 95 or higher. Students who are selected for admission to the nursing program must complete the remaining credits to a total of 45 quarter credits prior to matriculation.
  • A minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.00 is required for all applicants to be eligible for application review. Only prerequisite courses will be used in the GPA calculation. The general prerequisite standard is that all prerequisites must be taken for a grade of "C-" or higher rather than pass/no pass, must be taken at an accredited institution, and must be college level (100 level or higher).

Expected Proficiencies:

Nursing is an exciting and demanding profession. Nurses must possess the physical and mental capacity to practice nursing safely. Individuals entering school to pursue a career in nursing must:

  • be able to learn to think critically; analyze with diagnostic and therapeutic judgments
  • have enough self reflective ability to acknowledge evaluation and respond appropriately
  • possess sufficient interpersonal skills to develop rapport and positive relationships with a wide range of diverse clients
  • possess enough perseverance, diligence and consistency to complete the school of nursing curriculum
  • be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and function in the face of uncertainties in the clinical situations of many clients
  • possess sufficient sensory, visual, hearing, and psychomotor agility to independently perform clinical skills
  • be able to learn to respond with precise, quick, and appropriate action in emergency situations, and be able to learn to perform under stress when confronted with emergency, critical or unusual situations in which working speed and sustained attention are critical
  • be able to speak and write with accuracy, efficiency, sensitivity, and clarity

If you are accepted you may be asked to verify that you meet these expected proficiencies.

Admissions Criteria:

Admissions decisions are strongly based on the following criteria:

  • Prerequisite GPA
  • Proctored essay response- Portland Campus only
  • Interview - Ashland, Klamath Falls, La Grande, and Monmouth Campuses only

Additional consideration will be given to applicants with the following (please note these are not admissions requirements)

  • Documented healthcare experience (documentation form available within online application)
  • Completion of college level microbiology or chemistry course with a grade of "C-" or better
  • Prerequisite credits taken at the host institution -Ashland: Southern Oregon University -Klamath Falls: Oregon Institute of Technology -La Grande: Eastern Oregon University -Monmouth: Western Oregon University
  • Interviews on La Grande, Klamath Falls, and Monmouth campuses


Please visit our applying page for detailed application instructions.


Important Note: Letters of Recommendation and Resume's are not accepted for this program. Applicants are permitted to apply to one campus per year.

This Web page is a guide; final decisions regarding the acceptance of prerequisite course work is made by the OHSU Registrar's Office. The OHSU School of Nursing reserves the right to make changes to the academic program structure.

Please send questions about program information to proginfo@ohsu.edu.

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