Nurses are hands-on healthcare professionals that provide patients with direct, personalized care. They are important members of the healthcare team and are extensively involved in helping patients with the maintenance and promotion of health, in adapting to acute or chronic illness, and in coping with the final stages of life. Nurses work shifts (day, evening, and night) and weekends, and many nursing activities require physical strength. Most health care services involve some form of care by nurses. 

Portland State does not have a nursing school, but the pre-nursing program at PSU is designed to prepare students to transfer into Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs in Oregon.

Completion of the nursing program requires good science and mathematical skills and a sensitivity to the needs of others. Admissions requirements to nursing programs vary by institution; however, most professional schools require that an A, B, or C be earned in all required preparatory courses. 

Admission to nursing school is limited and extremely competitive. In years past, Oregon students transferring to OHSU’s nursing program had an average prerequisite GPA of 3.65.  

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Applying to Nursing Programs

Professional Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) 

Pre-Nursing Resources: 

Professional Schools or Programs in Oregon: 

*OHSU and Linfield offer an accelerated BSN program for students with a prior bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. 

In addition to the local Oregon schools, schools where Portland State students and alumni were recently admitted include:

  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • University of Washington