Bachelor of Nursing - First-Year Entry Information

First-Year Entry Admission Requirements and Curriculum

Admissions Requirements

First-year applicants must meet the general entrance requirements of the University as stated in the Office of Admissions section of the University Bulletin and on the Office of Admissions website. The Office of Admissions operates on a rolling admissions cycle and begins reviewing applications on September 1. The recommended application deadline for first-year applicants is November 15. The final application deadline is January 15.

Please note: University of Portland non-nursing majors who wish to transfer into the nursing program must apply as a transfer student and be considered for admission with external applicants. The application process for internal transfers is very competitive and there is no guarantee of acceptance into the transfer cohort.

  • All entering first-year nursing students must complete a high school or college level chemistry course prior to enrolling in BIO 205.
  • All entering first-year nursing majors with a redesigned SAT reading score of less than 29 or an ACT English score of less than 22 will be enrolled in ENG 107 College Writing.

Progression in the nursing program after sophomore year is dependent upon:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above by the end of spring semester of the sophomore year.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in the required science courses by the end of spring semester of the sophomore year. Any University of Portland School of Nursing student wishing to transfer a biology course from another institution first needs the permission of the program counselor or the associate dean for baccalaureate education. Permission must be obtained prior to registering for or taking any prerequisite biology courses to ensure that the courses are suitable for transfer to the School of Nursing. The student must have earned a grade of B or better in the course they wish to transfer. For all transfer students, grades of C- or lower in any required biology course or pass/no pass are

See University academic regulations in the University Bulletin.


Students take a variety of courses to meet the University core requirements, nursing foundation courses and major requirements. The sequence varies and depends on availability.