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Possible Educational Plans

Prerequisites and Eligibility Requirements For McMinnville Students

What is Nursing?

Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.

Nursing at Linfield

Linfield College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at our Portland campus. Students attending the McMinnville campus can apply to transfer to the Portland campus after completing approximately 2 - 2 1/2 years of prerequisite coursework.

All McMinnville students interested in Pre-Nursing will declare Nursing as their area of study while on the McMinnville campus. Students can pick up a Declaration of Major form in the Office of Academic Advising. Pre-Nursing students will remain with their originally assigned advisor until they migrate to the Portland campus.

*Source: American Nurses Association

What Registered Nurses Do?

  • Registered nurses set up plans for patient care.
  • Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.
  • Registered nurses typically do the following
        • Record patients' medical histories and symptoms
        • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
        • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
        • Observe patients and record observations
        • Consult with doctors and other healthcare professionals
        • Operate and monitor medical equipment
        • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results
        • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
        • Explain what to do at home after treatment

    *Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014

Linfield BSN Program

Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing educates professional nurses for health stewardship of the complex global society.

The mission of Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing is to create an inclusive community of learning grounded in the liberal arts values of social justice and life-long learning.  The program prepares caring nurses who are committed to the profession and responsive to the needs of the global community in an ever-changing healthcare environment.  Evidence based practice and research guide student learning within a culture that promotes professional excellence and scholarship.

To learn more about the Philosophy of Linfield's Nursing Program, click here.

Find out what graduates are prepared to do here.

Possible Educational Plans

*Note: The following schedules are based off of tentative course availability.

Typical Program of Study:
This sample schedule represents a possible course plan to complete the pre-nursing prerequisites and satisfy the additional migration eligibility requirements (e.g. 62+ completed credits). There are many other possible ways to plan to fulfill these courses and requirements. Please work closely with your advisor to create your individualized plan of study.

Fall Credits January Credits Spring Credits
CHEM/BIOL 210 4 LC-US 3-4 CHEM/BIOL 211 4
INQS 125 4 Para. 1 LC-VP 3-4
LC-CS 3-4     MATH 140 3
Colloquium 1     HHPA 280 3
HHPA Para. 1        
Total: 13-14 Total: 4-5 Total: 13-14
Fall Credits January Credits Spring Credits
BIOL 212 4 Optional   BIOL 213 4
BIOL 275 4     LC-UQ 3-4
PSYC 155 4     LC-Upper-Division 3-4
Elective 3/4     LC-GP 3-4
Total: 15-16 Total:   Total: 13-16
        Total Completed: 62-65

Typical Program of Study for Pre-Nursing and a Semester of Study Abroad:
This sample schedule requires thorough planning ahead and requires students to have excellent science skills to be able to manage the level of academic rigor involved. In order to plan to fulfill LCs while abroad, interested students need to meet with the registrar’s office early and maintain frequent communication. Since this plan requires a very difficult course load, students who are interested in studying abroad more commonly take a January Term abroad rather than a semester. In general, any student who’s interested in studying abroad should start talking with our International Programs Office as soon as possible. Students are required to apply for any study abroad experience and the process is competitive.

Fall Credits January Credits Spring Credits
Chem/Biol 210 4 LC-CS 3-4 Chem/Biol 211 4
INQS 125 4 HHPA Paracurricular 1 Biol 212 4
Math 140 3     LC-UQ 3-4
HHPA 280 3     Paracurricular 1
Colloquium 1        
Total: 15 Total: 4-5 Total: 12-13
Fall Credits January Credits Spring Credits
Biol 213 4 LC-Upper Division 3-4 Study abroad to fulfill: LC-VP & LC-GP  
Biol 275 4 Paracurricular 1  
LC-US 3-4      
Psyc 155 4     *You must work closely w/the registrar to plan for this option!  
Total: 15-16 Total: 4-5 Total: 12-15
  Total Completed: 62-68

Prerequisites and Eligibility Requirements for McMinnville Students who started in the following academic years:

Fall 2011- Spring 2012
Fall 2012 - Spring 2013
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

Additional Provisions:

  • For students who are progressing towards completion of academic requirements, admission decisions are contingent upon successful completion of all requirements prior to the program start.
  • Linfield students currently enrolled on the McMinnville campus will be admitted to the nursing major pending space availability if they are in good standing at the college and meet all nursing application criteria. Admission will be competitive, based on college academic record and supporting application materials if there are more applicants than spaces available.
  • McMinnville Campus students are required to submit a Linfield College Intercampus Nursing Application by the nursing application deadline.
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester credits of nursing prerequisites (including a minimum 8 semester credits of lab science courses) is required at time of application.
  • Students who have been denied admission to the School of Nursing from the general application pool are not eligible to gain entry to the Nursing major by establishing resident student status through enrollment at the McMinnville Campus. Such a student may only reapply for admission to the Nursing major through the general application pool.

Tools to Stay On Track

Timeline for Linfield Students Applying for Migration to the Portland Campus Nursing Program:

Application Process Spring 2017 Fall 2016
Application available.   Pre-nursing students will receive information by email or contact Portland Enrollments Services after this date. June 1 November 15
Applications submitted online due by 5:00 p.m. August 1 January 2
Transcripts for all prerequisite work completed at colleges other than Linfied due to the Portland Campus's Office of Enrollment Services. January 15 July 10

Resources for Nursing in Portland and Beyond

Nursing Curriculum in Portland

Learn from Experts in the Field of Nursing

Explore Nursing Specialties

What Can I Do with a Major in Nursing?

Occupational Outlook Handbook Nursing

For Additional Information

Current McMinnville Campus Pre-Nursing students contact:
Office of Academic Advising in McMinnville


Students transferring directly to nursing from other colleges contact:
Office of Enrollment Services in Portland