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Linfield College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing is highly regarded for its 120-year tradition of excellence in nursing education and is accredited by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Linfield College-Portland Campus is a transfer campus only. Students wishing to enter Linfield College as a first-year student may begin their college experience on our campus in McMinnville, Oregon.

We welcome applications for admission from students currently enrolled at other regionally accredited institutions. Completion of prior academic coursework will be evaluated for possible transfer credit to Linfield College.

All students must apply directly to the Portland Campus for admission to the nursing major, which leads to your initial RN license. To review prerequisite requirements and application procedures please click on the appropriate program. If you would prefer that we mail you an information packet for either program, please complete the information request form.

If you are currently working as an RN, Linfield's RN to BSN Adult Degree Program is the program for you.

Admission to Nursing (BSN/ABSN Programs)

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Welcome to the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing offering Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs for both first- and second-degree students.  The information here is for students who are not yet licensed as an RN.  Information for the online program for those already licensed and working as RNs may be found on the Adult Degree Program pages. 

The Portland Campus has two program options: an accelerated course of study, beginning in June, for those who have previously completed a bachelor degree in another field and a traditional program, beginning fall and spring, for all students.  These pages will provide the information you will need whether you are exploring nursing programs, completing prerequisite courses, or ready to apply for admission.

General Admission Information

Admission to the School of Nursing

A prerequisite GPA of 3.00 is necessary to apply to the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing. 

A letter grade of “C” or higher is required for transfer.

Minimum application requirements: 11 semester (16 quarter) credits in the sciences (biology/chemistry, anatomy & physiology, microbiology) and all other prerequisite courses must be complete at the time of application for admission consideration.  

Admission is highly competitive. The goal of the admission process is to form a community of learners with the potential to succeed in a rigorous academic program and develop essential skills required for nursing practice.
There are three start dates each year: summer for students who hold a bachelor’s degree at the time of application, fall and spring for students with and without a prior bachelor’s degree.  (Start terms and cohorts are subject to change.)  Approximately two hundred students are admitted each academic year based on educational background, grade point average, progress toward completion of prerequisite courses, and available space.

An applicant holding a bachelor’s degree by the application deadline will be considered for the accelerated BSN program, provided that all prerequisite course requirements will be completed by the stipulated deadline for the summer term. Students with a prior degree will also automatically be considered for fall entry. 

Students seeking their first bachelor’s degree may apply to the start date of their preference, either fall or spring. First degree students must qualify as juniors (62 semester credits or 93 quarter credits) at the time of enrollment, and are expected to complete general education courses as required by the college.  It is recommended that the majority of these be completed prior to matriculation.

It is acceptable for any student to apply during both the winter (November 15-February 1) and summer (June 1-August 1) application cycles.  

Frequently Asked Questions


Am I ready to apply?

Minimum applications requirements are:

1.  11 semester/16 quarter credits of lab science prerequisites (biology/chemistry, anatomy & physiology, microbiology).
2.  All other prerequisites--nutrition, lifespan developmental psychology, statistics and college writing--must be complete (not in progress) at the time of application.


Do prerequisites need to be completed before I apply?

You may be finishing your final lab science classes when you apply, but most will be complete at the time of application


Will Linfield College accept prerequisites completed at another college, university or community/junior college?

Prerequisites may be completed at any regionally accredited college or university.

Accreditation is regional depending on the location of the college.  Consult your college to determine their regional accrediting body.  This will usually be stated in the college catalog, reverse side of your academic transcript or the college website.  Acceptable regional accreditation organizations include:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and other locations overseas).

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and other locations overseas).

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission (Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming).

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington).

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia).

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas Islands, Palau, and other locations overseas).


Do you accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit?

AP scores of 4 or 5 and IB scores of 5, 6 or 7 will transfer to Linfield to meet prerequisites, but will not meet Linfield Curriculum (general education) requirements.  AP and IB transcripts must be official.  You may request these from the College Board (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB).


Do you accept CLEP credit?

Generally, CLEP scores of 50 or higher will transfer to Linfield for elective credit and to meet either the college composition or human growth and development prerequisite requirements.


May I complete my prerequisites at Linfield College, Portland?

The Portland Campus does not offer any prerequisite coursework.  All students enter as transfer juniors with prerequisites completed.


Should I be completing additional courses?

In addition to prerequisites, there are Linfield Curriculum (general education) requirements for students seeking their first bachelor degree. A total of 125 semester credits must be earned, including 54 credits of nursing curriculum. Linfield Curriculum requirements include a number of classes not met by prerequisite courses. A complete academic evaluation will be provided to admitted students.  Though it is not strictly required, it is recommended that the majority of Linfield Curriculum courses be completed prior to enrollment in the nursing program.


I have a question about a specific course.  Will it apply toward my prerequisites?

Please check our transfer course selection guides for specific courses.  Forward other questions to 


Do courses expire?

Anatomy, physiology and microbiology must have been completed within the last 7 years.  Other courses do not expire.


Are admission decisions based on my cumulative grade point average (GPA)?

Three aspects of your GPA will be evaluated.  The greatest weight will be given to your prerequisite lab science courses.  Additional consideration will be given to your grades in all non-science prerequisites.  Finally, your overall GPA will be calculated and considered, but to a lesser extent than the above. 


Is housing available on the Portland Campus?

Yes.  Loveridge Hall housing information.


How many applications do you receive?

Approximately 800 were received for the 2012-2013 academic year.


How many students are admitted to the nursing program?

200 seats will be available for the coming year.  56 in June, 72 in fall and 72 the following spring.  Admission to the program is competitive.


Does Linfield have an accelerated BSN program?

Yes.  Our accelerated program is offered once a year for students with a prior bachelor degree.  It begins in June and is 15 months long.


I'm completing my first bachelor degree in June.  May I apply for the accelerated program?

To qualify for the accelerated second degree program, you must have your first degree conferred prior to application.

How are admission decisions made?

The Linfield--Good Samaritan School of Nursing uses an application scoring system based on many academic and non-academic factors, but the greatest weight is put on your prerequisite GPA and essay score.


Should I get my CNA before I apply?

Having your CNA license is not necessary for the Linfield program, but we do recommend professional or volunteer experience in a medical setting prior to nursing school.


Do I have an advantage if I have applied previously and wish to reapply?

You will not receive points for reapplication.  We start fresh each application cycle.


When can I apply?

For entry either Summer or Fall Semester: November 15-February 1.
For entry Spring Semester: June 1-August 1.


Is it better to get my application in early?

Applications are assessed as they arrive but they are not ranked until all qualified applications have been evaluated.


I have a foreign transcript.  How do I submit it with my application?

An official evaluation of foreign academic credentials is required.  The evaluation must be provided by a NACES member organization/company or AACRAO International Education Services and include a course by course listing with grades.  These must be submitted directly to NursingCAS, our common application service, along with any domestic official transcripts at the time of application.


I am an international applicant.  What additional application items must I submit?

International applicants seeking admission as an F1 student must also submit

1. International Application Financial Statement.
2. Official evaluation of foreign academic credentials.  The evaluation must be approved by a NACES member organization/company or AACRAO International Education Services and include a course by course listing with grades.
3. Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

If admitted, international (F-1) students will be asked to pay a $1,600 advance tuition deposit in addition to the matriculation fee.


I have already started a nursing program and am interested in transferring to Linfield.  Is this possible?

Applicants transferring from another baccalaureate nursing program must submit an application for admission during a regular application cycle.  Applicants who were enrolled in an accredited school of nursing within the past two years may apply for admission, provided they meet the application criteria and provide a letter from the dean/director of the previous school stating the student was in good standing and would have been allowed to progress in the program.  (Linfield College Course Catalog, 2013-2014, p. 130.)


Is financial aid available?

Yes.  Financial Aid information.


Am I too old for nursing school?

We have students from all age groups and walks of life.  There are many career change students represented in our program.


How will the criminal background check affect me?

It is the policy of the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing that all admitted students are required to pass a background check prior to enrollment.  Criminal history on a background check may be cause to deny or revoke admission to the School of Nursing, may impede student progression and placement in clinical sites, and/or may be cause for a student to be denied nursing licensure following graduation.  Applicants are required to provide accurate and sufficient information related to their criminal history on the application and when necessary authorize additional or expanded background checks.  Failure to provide this information or knowingly providing false or misleading information is grounds for denying or revoking admission or enrollment.

Policy excerpted from the Linfield College, Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing Student Manual 2013-2014, Chapter V: Policies and Procedures:

The School of Nursing requires that each student have a criminal background check through the school’s authorized vendor ( prior to enrollment in the nursing program. Students must authorize release of the results of the criminal background check to the school and to clinical sites. The School of Nursing reserves the right to deny admission in the School of Nursing to any student whose criminal conviction might: (1) pose a risk to public safety, (2) preclude the ability to complete required clinical practica, or (3) result in Notice to Deny Licensure on application for initial licensure in Oregon.

The School reserves the right to require random criminal background checks throughout the time the student is enrolled in the nursing program. If the results are positive, the information will be sent to the Dean of Nursing who will determine the appropriate course of action. The School of Nursing reserves the right to deny continuation in the nursing major to any student whose criminal conviction might: (1) pose a risk to public safety, (2) preclude the ability to complete required clinical practica, or (3) result in Notice to Deny Licensure on application for initial licensure in Oregon.

The Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) may deny nurse licensure to persons with criminal conviction histories. Contact the Board for information at 971-673-0685 or their Website for the Nurse Practice Act, Division 45.


How many clinical hours will I have?

You will participate in almost 1,000 hours of clinical during your program here at Linfield.


Can I work while I’m attending nursing school?

Maybe part-time.  It is rare for someone to work while attending the nursing program, especially our accelerated program.  The program is demanding and will require much of your time and energy.


What does the curriculum look like?

Check out our current curriculum outlines.


What distinguishes Linfield?

The Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing has a long tradition of alumni who are well prepared to enter the professional arena.  Our small campus supports learning in an intimate environment.  We often get wonderful reports about our student nurses.  They are able to combine applied knowledge and critical thinking skills.  This is the result of a strong campus community combined with professional, caring educators, and the power of a small college.

Quick Links:

General admission information
Prerequisites for First Degree and Second Degree (Accelerated) programs
Costs and financial aid
Request information
Admission Advising

What You'll Find on each Link:

Our prerequisite pages for both first degree and second degree (accelerated) applicants will provide you with:

  • prerequisite courses required for entry to the program
  • course-by-course transfer information for area colleges and universities
  • how to obtain an unofficial transfer credit evaluation

Our curriculum pages provide a term-by-term outline of the program for each of three start dates during the year:

  • summer start/accelerated program (for students working towards their second bachelor degree only)
  • fall or spring start/regular program (for students working towards their first or second bachelor degree)

Our costs and financial aid pages outline:

  • cost of attendance
  • student loans
  • parent loans
  • Portland campus scholarships
  • general scholarships
  • work study
  • additional financial aid resources and information

Use our inquiry page to let us know of your interest and receive an information packet.

Contact us for individualized admission advising or to schedule your own visit.

Our application pages contain:

  • link to NursingCAS application
  • personal statement instructions
  • letter of recommendation instructions
  • application fee information