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Frequently Asked Questions

Here is an easy-to-use listing of some of the questions we are most often asked about the Concordia University nursing program.

  1. How long has Concordia University-Portland had a nursing program? 
    The Nursing program at Concordia admitted its first class in June 2005.
  2. Is Concordia’s nursing program an Associate degree or a Bachelor's degree?
    Concordia University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. When students graduate from the program, they are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse in the State of Oregon (or any U.S. state of their choosing).
  3. Is Concordia’s nursing program accredited, and through whom?
    Concordia University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Concordia's nursing program is fully approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and is working towards full national accreditation.
  4. Does Concordia’s nursing program require fulltime attendance, or is part-time available?
    Concordia University's Nursing program is a full-time program.
  5. Can students in Concordia’s nursing program work at least part-time?
    The nursing program at Concordia University, as with most schools, is very demanding. Therefore, students are encouraged to subsidize their schooling with grants, scholarships, loans, and other financial aid. Working part-time is discouraged and working full-time is impossible.
  6.  I noticed that CNA training is required. If I have my certification, will that meet this requirement? What if my certification is not current? What if it is not from Oregon?
    Applicants to Concordia’s nursing program must show proof of completing an approved CNA course (CNA I level, not CNA II). This training must be completed no later than the first day of classes for the summer semester of the BSN cohort program. It is strongly recommended, however, that this requirement be met prior to application to the BSN cohort. Students who do not have their CNA certificate prior to the fall semester of the BSN cohort will not be allowed to continue in the program. State certification is not required by Concordia University but will satisfy our requirement. Additionally, certification is essential if a student wishes to work as a CNA. In the fall semester of the BSN cohort, students are immediately expected to capably practice basic personal care skills in a long term care setting, allowing professional nursing skills to be developed. Therefore, training should be recent. Certification from a state other than Oregon is acceptable.
  7. How long does Concordia's nursing program take to complete?Concordia University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Typically, students complete their General Education Requirements and Nursing Prerequisite courses in two or three years (although students may choose to extend the time to complete this portion of the degree). Once those requirements are completed (either at Concordia University or another college), the Nursing Cohort program is two years of full-time attendance (including Summers).
  8. How many students are accepted into Concordia’s nursing program each year?
    Concordia University accepts 40 BSN Cohort students each year. In 2013, all 40 spots were filled by CU students, entering via the Freshman Advantage or the Sophomore Advantage (Admit to Major).
  9. How does Concordia's nursing program prioritize applicants?
    1.    Concordia Freshman Advantage students who meet all of their benchmarks
    2.    Concordia Sophomore Advantage students who meet the 3.0 Cumulative GPA benchmark to qualify for the Admit to Major Process
    3.    Students who must complete the full BSN Application through the Office of Admission (including external candidates)
  10. Do I have to complete religion courses before I can apply to Concordia’s nursing program?
    No. Religion is the only General Education Requirement that does not need to be completed prior to entrance into Concordia University's BSN cohort. Students who do not have their religion coursework completed will fulfill this requirement during the summer sessions, in addition to their nursing courses. World Religions can be completed at any accredited college, whereas REL 221: New Testament must be completed at Concordia University.
  11. If I tested directly into statistics, do I still have to complete a college algebra course?
    Yes. All nursing students must complete the equivalent to Concordia University's Math 123: College Algebra, in addition to Math 231: Research & Statistics. For equivalent courses at your college or university, please review the Concordia University Transfer Guide.
  12. Will my speech or literature courses count toward the communications requirement?
    No. Writing Composition courses and higher level writing courses (Technical Writing) are the only courses that will fulfill the communications requirement for Concordia University nursing students. For equivalent courses at your college or university, please review the Concordia University Transfer Guide.
  13. What counts as a humanities course?
    Concordia University accepts courses in literature, world civilization, non-US history, art history, and music history to fulfill the humanities requirement. Foreign language courses do not count as humanities courses.