The Pre-nursing program at Western Oregon University (WOU) provides students with the opportunity to complete prerequisite coursework necessary for entrance into a Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing. The WOU pre-nursing program is a two-year program (90 credit hours) with students applying to nursing schools during their second year. Once accepted into a nursing school, students typically spend two or three additional years completing the requirements necessary for a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of nursing. The pre-nursing program at WOU is primarily designed for entrance into the major nursing programs in the state of Oregon. Although a majority of WOU pre-nursing students do transfer to Oregon-based nursing programs, our program is not limited to preparing students only for Oregon nursing schools. Graduates from our program have successfully gained admittance to nursing schools as far away as North Carolina and Hawaii.

WOU is a public, mid-sized university. We are committed to changing lives, strengthening communities and transforming our world. Located in the Monmouth-Independence area, the heart of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, WOU is about 20 minutes from Salem, the state’s capitol and about 75 minutes from Portland, the state’s cultural hub.

Our student body of about 6,200 undergraduates and 900 graduates enjoy a vibrant and close-knit intellectual community, comparable to the environment in a small liberal arts college. The academic year is divided into three quarters with additional courses available during the summer. Courses including laboratories are taught primarily by faculty holding terminal degrees (e.g., Ph.D.) and recognized both locally and nationally for high quality instruction, research, and public service. Class sizes are kept small (average ~ 24 students / class) allowing for close faculty/student interactions not observed at larger institutions.


Oregon Nursing Programs:

Below is a list of the Oregon-based nursing programs into which WOU pre-nursing students have applied and successfully transferred. The WOU two year pathway prepares students for the O.H.S.U program, however students have also been admitted to Linfield, the University of Portland, George Fox University and Concordia University, although they may require additional prerequsite requirements.



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