Dean of Nursing
Mary Kozy, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Nursing
Beverly Epeneter, Ed.D.
Clinical Facilities Administrator
Julia Mantle, M.S.N.
Corrina Emch, M.S.
Ingrid Flanders, M.N.
Nancy Hodges, M.S.
Mindy Schiebler, M.N.
Experiential Learning Center
Joyce Betita, M.S.N.
Melissa Lowther, A.S.
Kristine Rethlake B.S.N.
Barbara Van Ness, M.S.
To meet the needs of diverse populations seeking the B.S.N.
degree, Linfield College and the School of Nursing offer three programs
which are based on the same foundational principles and have the same
student outcomes. Two of these are pre-licensure programs. The generic
pre-licensure program comprises a 4-semester curriculum intended for
students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree and come to the
School of Nursing as undergraduate transfer students. The accelerated
pre-licensure program is designed for students who have completed
a baccalaureate degree and is offered over the span of 15 calendar
months – summer term, fall semester, spring semester and summer
term. The R.N. to B.S.N. online program admits licensed registered
nurses who have completed a nursing program from a regionally
accredited college. The program may be completed in four semesters.
Goals for the Major
Outcomes for the nursing major:
Build a professional practice informed by the mission and vision of Linfield College and the School of Nursing as well as the standards and values of the nursing profession.
Apply sound clinical reasoning, reflective practice and evidencebased practice in the provision of holistic nursing care.
Communicate effectively and collaboratively in professional practice.
Use a range of information and clinical technologies to achieve health care outcomes for clients.
Provide effective nursing care that incorporates diverse values, cultures, perspectives and health practices.
Engage in ethical reasoning and actions that demonstrate caring and commitment to social justice in the delivery of health care to clients in the community.
Apply principles of stewardship and leadership skills to support quality and safety within complex organizational systems.
Integrate knowledge of health care policy, populations, finance and regulatory environments that influence system level change within professional nursing practice.
Incorporate a liberal arts based understanding of local and global health care issues to health promotion, risk reduction, disease and illness prevention and disease and health care management.
The curriculum leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The nursing program is located on the Portland campus and is designed for transfer students. It is fully accredited by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Requirements for Major or Minor
Admission to the Pre-Licensure Program
Linfield College offers admission into the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing as a transfer student. All applicants must apply directly to Linfield College Portland Campus. Admission is competitive.
For admission consideration, applicants must meet all the following criteria:
Completion of all prerequisite course requirements by the date posted on the application calendar: BIOL 210, 211 or CHEM 210, 211; BIOL 212, 213; BIOL 275 or 361; HHPA 280; INQS 125; MATH 140; PSYC 155 (McMinnville course offerings). Note: CHEM 210 is a prerequisite for BIOL 361. BIOL 212, 213; 275 or 361; and HHPA 280 must be taken within seven years of application to the program. Transferable prerequisites from other Oregon and Washington colleges are listed on the Portland Campus website.
At the time of application and the date posted on the application calendar, a minimum grade of C in all of the prerequisite course requirements except INQS 125. The INQS requirement must be successfully completed according to the college standards.
At the time of application and the date posted on the application calendar, a minimum 3.000 GPA for all transferable prerequisite course requirements. (Linfield curriculum, paracurricuar and elective courses excluded.)
By the date posted on the application calendar, a minimum 62 semester credits or 93 quarter credits of transferable coursework completed.
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 date.
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 applicant 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. Students who transferred to the McMinnville campus from another program must show that 30 semester hours will be completed at the McMinnville campus in order to be considered a resident Linfield student.
Students transferring from other institutions may obtain application information from the Portland Campus admission website.
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.
All admitted nursing students will be assigned to a specific curriculum plan based on prior academic work completed and available space. Start terms include summer, fall and spring.
Applicants previously enrolled in any nursing program may apply for admission provided they meet the application criteria and provide a letter from the dean/director of the previous school stating whether or not the student was in good standing when they left the program and if the student would have been allowed to continue.
After admission to the Nursing major, students must:
Submit a health information form from a health care provider including proof of appropriate immunizations. (Requirements subject to change.)
Provide proof of current chest X-ray or TB screening test. An annual TB screening test is required until completion of the nursing program.
Submit documentation of current CPR certification – American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. Each student is responsible for biennial recertification until completion of the nursing program.
Provide proof of nursing liability insurance or annual purchase of such insurance through the college.
Provide annual completion of StudentMax learning modules and documentation of clinical site specific reiquirements.
Indicate consent or withholding of consent for use of student papers.
Complete criminal background checks and drug screen through approved vendor prior to the program start date. (Refer to LGSSON Student Manual.)
Submit signed Essential Functions document.
Requirements For The Pre-Licensure Program
Required Courses for the Pre-Licensure Program of Study: 54 credits earned in 305, 315, 320, 335, 355, 365, 375, 395, 425, 435, 455, 460, 470, and 475. Students must attain a GPA of 2.500 and a grade above C- in all required nursing courses in order to graduate.
Progression in the Pre-licensure Programs: A student’s progression through the nursing program requires achieving appropriate grades in courses and retaining approval by the nursing faculty that the student is qualified in all relevant respects to practice nursing safely and competently. Students may not be admitted to or progress in the nursing major if they are on academic probation with the college.
Students must earn a B.S.N. GPA of at least 2.500 and a grade above C- in 305, 315, 320, and 335 to progress to 355, 365, 375, and 395.
Students must earn a B.S.N. GPA of at least 2.500 and a grade above C- in 355, 365, 375, and 395 to progress to 425, 435, and 455.
Students must earn a B.S.N. GPA of at least 2.500 and a grade above C- in 425, 435, and 455 to progress to 460, 470, and 475.
Progression is contingent upon satisfactory completion of prescribed prerequisites. A grade of “incomplete” in any prerequisite course will make the student ineligible for enrollment in succeeding courses until the “incomplete” is converted to a satisfactory passing grade.
Any student earning a grade of C- or below in a required nursing course on two separate occasions, whether as a second grade of C- or below upon repeating a required nursing course, or a grade of C- or below in two different required nursing courses, will be dismissed from the nursing major.
RN to BSN Program of Study
The R.N. to B.S.N. program is designed for Registered Nurses (R.N.s) seeking a B.S.N. degree.
Admission process and completion of program requirements:
A current unencumbered nursing license.
A 2.750 overall GPA.
Completion of prerequisites from an accredited institution of higher learning.
Natural or Life Sciences (minimum of 12 semester credits or 18 quarter credits)
Social or Behavioral Sciences (minimum of 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)
College Writing (minimum of 3 semester or 5 quarter credits)
Statistics (minimum of 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)
Prospective students should contact Online and Continuing Education (OCE) to discuss program prerequisites with an academic advisor. Prospective students may apply for admission while completing prerequisite courses through OCE.
After admission to the nursing major, and before registering for 308, students must:
Provide proof of current unencumbered registered nurse license in the state where clinical experiences will occur.
Complete criminal background check and drug screen through approved vendor prior to the program start date. (Refer to LGSSON Student Manual.)
Submit signed Essential Functions document.
Provide proof of health insurance or annual purchase of such insurance through the college.
Indicate consent or withholding of consent of use of student papers.
Before registering for 476, students must submit:
A health information form completed by a health care provider including proof of appropriate immunizations. (Requirements subject to change.)
TB screening test.
Current CPR certification – American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers or American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers.
Program completion requirements:
Complete the R.N. to B.S.N. orientation module before taking any courses in the nursing major. This meets the requirement of the IDST 008 Online Colloquium.
Upon successful completion of NURS 308, 31 hours of prior learning credit will be awarded for the following nursing coursework: NURS 335, 355, 365, 375, 395, 425, 435, and 455. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) fees apply.
Complete all courses required for the R.N. to B.S.N. program for a total of 55 credits in the major; 31 credits of prior learning and 24 credits of coursework.
Complete 30 credits at Linfield College (35 credits for students with a previous baccalaureate degree) in order to fulfill the residency requirement.
Complete the Linfield Curriculum requirements (this is not required for students with a previous baccalaureate degree).
Students must pass each course in the nursing major with a C- or higher.
Achieve a 2.500 GPA in the nursing major.
Accrue a minimum of 125 semester credits.
Achieve a 2.000 Linfield College GPA.
Applicants With Criminal Conviction Histories
The Oregon State Board of Nursing may deny nurse licensure to persons with criminal arrest or conviction histories. Contact the Board for information at (971) 673-0685.
Other Nursing Expenses
Nursing students must purchase malpractice insurance annually. Students admitted or progressed to courses in the Nursing major must purchase uniforms and nursing equipment and the immunization tracker. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical sites. If a student chooses to drive a personal vehicle, the student is responsible for operating the vehicle in compliance with local, state and federal regulations including Oregon State laws regarding automobile insurance. Parking fees associated with clinical practice are also the responsibility of the student. In addition, pre-licensure students must purchase assessment exams and nursing exams at each level as well as a SimChart subscription and pay a high fidelity simulation fee each semester. Students are responsible to cover costs incurred for post bloodborne pathogen exposure follow-up.
Honors and Awards
The Senior Honors in Nursing Award and the R.N. to B.S.N.
Senior Honors in Nursing Award are given to outstanding seniors
selected by the faculty based on the following criteria:
(1) cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 based
on required nursing courses, and
(2) exceptional performance in
clinical practice as a provider of nursing care, planner/manager/
coordinator of care, and member of the nursing profession.
Other awards that may be given include the Award for Professional Excellence and the Wilma Pope Alumni Award.
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