Nursing requires strong interpersonal skills and a solid understanding of human beings, human society, and the scientific basis of medicine and nursing. As a nurse, you will be responsible for clinical judgments based on your scientific reasoning. Likewise, with a bachelor's degree in nursing from Concordia University, you will have the potential to be a leader in nursing and healthcare.

Preparing for Nursing Study

As a nursing leader, you will need to express your ideas clearly. A solid foundation in the liberal arts will help you understand the events that are shaping healthcare and the health of individual patients. You will not simply be a technician at the bedside; you will be making decisions that impact the health of people in your community.

Science and Math Courses

We encourage you to take math through your senior year in high school. You should be ready to take college-level algebra in your first year of college. Adequate science courses should include biology, chemistry, and physics. It is extremely valuable (but not required) to take another year of biology, which might include molecular biology, oceanography, ecology, anatomy, and physiology, or another option.

These courses will prepare you to meet the demands of Concordia University's science classes.

Expectations: Freshman Benchmarks

Once admitted to the Freshman Advantage program, students must meet all of the following expectations of academic and personal achievement while completing their freshman and sophomore years. Adherence to these expectations will play a determining role in student continuation with the BSN program.

  1. Maintain a 3.25 minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) in all classes. This benchmark must be met at the end of the freshman year and at the end of every subsequent semester, until the start of the BSN upper-division cohort.
  2. Maintain a 3.25 minimum GPA in math and science classes, including college-level Algebra (MTH 123), Statistics (MTH 231), Chemistry 101, Chemistry 102, Biology 211, Microbiology (BIO 284), Anatomy (BIO 364), and Physiology (BIO 365). This benchmark must be met at the end of the freshman year and at the end of every subsequent semester, until the start of the BSN upper-division cohort.
  3. Must be continuously enrolled as a full-time student at Concordia University during the fall and spring semesters.
  4. Must complete a minimum of two years (four fall and spring semesters) of prerequisite coursework at Concordia University, to be eligible for Freshman Advantage.
  5. Once students begin taking courses at Concordia University, all remaining Natural Science courses (CHM 101, CHM 102, BIO 211, BIO 284, BIO 364, and BIO 365) must be completed at Concordia.
  6. Demonstrate evidence of good citizenship and responsibility while on campus.
  7. Must complete an Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) approved (or equivalent) Basic Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training course prior to the start of the BSN upper-division cohort. It is strongly recommended that this course be completed the summer after the student’s freshman year.

Continuation Into the BSN Cohort

Freshman Advantage students who fulfill the above expectations are guaranteed to be reviewed for acceptance into Concordia University’s BSN program prior to any other candidates.

Freshman Advantage students are notified in early spring of their sophomore year (junior year for students on the five-year plan) whether they have satisfactorily met the above criteria and can proceed with the BSN cohort program. Grades for at least four science classes and college algebra should be available at that time.

Due to limited enrollment capacity, Concordia University reserves the right to make annual modifications of the above criteria as needed. Prospective applicants will be notified of changes in the above policy.

Download and sign the Freshman Advantage Program Expectations (pdf).

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