Nursing programs within the state of Oregon require that students take a series of prerequisite courses in order to meet admission criteria. A variety of nursing programs exists for pre-nursing students to consider.

EOU students typically complete prerequisite coursework as required by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in order to be eligible for admission into OHSU School of Nursing ~ La Grande campus or at another one of the OHSU School of Nursing campuses. EOU students apply to OHSU while in progress of completing their prerequisite coursework.

The pre-nursing program is a one-year curriculum consisting of anatomy and physiology with lab, in addition to courses such as nutrition, mathematics, English composition, social science, human development, humanities, and electives to ensure a total of 45 prerequisite credits are completed prior to matriculation into the OHSU program.  Completion of the pre-nursing prerequisites does not guarantee admission to the OHSU nursing program.

Students wishing to apply to other Oregon nursing programs are strongly encouraged to obtain prerequisite information from the schools to which they will be applying. Students should be aware that prerequisite requirements for other nursing programs may differ from those of OHSU and require a longer length of time to complete. In addition, students should be aware of the different application periods. Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with the pre-nursing adviser when choosing appropriate coursework.

Admission to a nursing school is competitive, requiring high academic achievement.  Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the pre-nursing adviser prior to undertaking the pre-nursing curriculum to be certain all course requirements are being met in the required time-frame.