- Linfield College
School of Nursing

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the minimum application requirements?
Minimum application requirements may not be in progress at the time of application. There are no exceptions. Minimum applications requirements are:

1. 11 semester (16 quarter) credits of lab science prerequisite courses (biology/chemistry, anatomy & physiology, microbiology).

2. All other prerequisite courses (nutrition, lifespan developmental psychology, statistics and college writing) must be complete (not in progress) at the time of application. (Second degree applicants satisfy the writing requirement by virtue of their first bachelor degree. No additional writing courses are required.)

3. Anatomy & physiology microbiology, and nutrition must be completed within 7 years of the application date.

4. Prerequisite courses must be graded C or better.  P/NP or S/U graded courses do not satisfy prerequisites.  

5. Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements:

• Minimum 3.000 GPA in all prerequisite courses.

• Minimum 3.000 GPA in prerequisite science courses (biology or chemistry, anatomy & physiology, microbiology).

• Minimum 2.700 GPA in prerequisite anatomy & physiology courses. Only one repeated grade for any anatomy/physiology course will be used in the calculation of the minimum GPA requirements. In the case where a student has more than one repeat on any anatomy/physiology course, only the grade from the first repeated course will be used. A "W" (withdraw) from any anatomy/physiology course will be counted as an attempt under this rule.

• All GPA requirements are calculated on prerequisite courses complete at the time of application and must be maintained through the completion of all prerequisite coursework.

• A letter grade of “C” or higher is required. Any coursework graded C- or below, P/NP, or S/U, does not meet prerequisite requirements and will not transfer to Linfield.

Do nursing program prerequisite courses 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. A prerequisite GPA of 3.000 is necessary to apply to the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing. This is calculated on all of the above prerequisite courses complete and graded C or better at the time of application.  All applicants must maintain the minimum GPA requirements through completion of all prerequisite courses.

I am currently enrolled on the McMinnville Campus. Is the application process different for me?
Yes! Current Linfield College students who have declared Pre-Nursing as their major will receive application instructions by email. Visit the Academic Advising Office (Melrose 010) to declare your major and confirm you are on the "Pre-Nursing Interest" email list.

Will Linfield College accept prerequisite courses completed at another college, university or community/junior college?
Prerequisite courses 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:

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

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (AACJC): California, Hawaii, Guam, American Somoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Micronesia, Marshall Islands.

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC): California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Basin.

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

New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE): Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and other locations overseas.

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

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

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, but will not meet Linfield Curriculum (general education) requirements and are subject to credit limitations. AP and IB transcripts must be official. You may request these from the College Board (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB). The AP statistics course may be used to satisfy the statistics nursing admission requirement, however it will not apply to the Linfield Curriculum Quantitative Reasoning (QR) requirement. No other AP or IB course may be used to satisfy nursing admission requirements.

Do you accept CLEP credit?
Generally, CLEP scores of 50 or higher will transfer to Linfield for elective credit and are subject to credit limitations. The human growth and development exam may used to satisfy the lifespan developmental psychology nursing admission requirement, however it will not apply to the Linfield Curriculum Individual, Systems and Societies (IS) requirement. No other CLEP exams may be used to satisfy nursing admission requirements.

May I complete my prerequisite courses at Linfield College, Portland?
The Portland Campus does not offer any prerequisite coursework. All students transfer as juniors with prerequisite courses completed.

Should I be completing additional courses?
In addition to prerequisite courses required for admission to the nursing program, students must have a minimum 62 semester credits (93 quarter credits) of transferable coursework complete prior to beginning the program.  Courses may be completed at any regionally accredited community college or university.  Official evaluation of all transfer credit will be made after admission and confirmation into the nursing program.  Please be aware that, in general, courses graded C- or below, repeated, or that are professional/technical in nature will not transfer to Linfield.

Also, there are Linfield Curriculum (general education) requirements for students seeking their first bachelor degree.  Linfield Curriculum requirements include a number of classes not met by nursing prerequisite courses. A complete academic evaluation will be provided to admitted and confirmed students. Though it is not required, it is recommended that Linfield Curriculum courses be completed prior to enrollment in the nursing program.

Students who have questions about the transferability of any coursework or who would like guidance about completing Linfield Curriculum requirements prior to enrolling in the nursing program should contact admission-portland@linfield.edu.

I have a question about a specific course. Will it apply toward my nursing prerequisites?Please check our transfer course selection guides for specific courses. Forward other questions to mcowan@linfield.edu.

Do courses expire?
Anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and nutrition must be completed within 7 years of the application due date. Other courses do not expire.

Is testing required for admission to Linfield?
No. We do not require TEAS or any other similar test. (The one exception is for international students. We do require TOEFL scores along with other information that is outlined on our website and below.)

Is a recommendation required for application?

Two references are requested at the time of application.  These are obtained via an electronic form through NursingCAS.  Actual letters of recommendation are not submitted.

Do I need to apply to the college AND the school of nursing?
No. There is just one application for the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing.

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 nursing prerequisite lab science courses. Additional consideration will be given to your grades in all non-science prerequisite courses. Finally, your overall GPA will be calculated and considered, but to a lesser extent than the above. All coursework completed at the time of application will be considered even if you intend to retake one or more courses to improve your GPA. A prerequisite GPA of 3.000 is necessary to apply to the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing. This is calculated on all of the prerequisite courses complete at the time of application.

Transfer students applying for entry Spring 2019 or later will be subject to additional minimum requirements on coursework completed at the time of application:

  • Minimum 3.000 GPA in prerequisite science courses (biology or chemistry, anatomy & physiology, microbiology)
  • Minimum 2.700 GPA in prerequisite anatomy & physiology courses
  • Only one repeated grade for any anatomy or physiology course will be used in the calculation of the minimum GPA requirements.  In the case where a student has more than one repeat on a single course, only the grade from the first repeated course will be used.  A "W" or withdrawal from either an anatomy or physiology course will be counted as an attempt under this rule.  

All applicants must maintain the minimum GPA requirements through completion of all prerequisite courses.

How are retakes considered?
When assessing your prerequisite GPAs, the best grades are considered when there is more than one possibility on your academic record.  Generally, there are no limits to retakes.  However, for those applying for entry Spring 2019 or later, there is a limit on anatomy and physiology retakes: Only one repeated grade for any anatomy or physiology course will be used in the calculation of the minimum GPA requirements.  In the case where a student has more than one repeat on a single course, only the grade from the first repeated course will be used.  A "W" or withdrawal from either an anatomy or physiology course will be counted as an attempt under this rule.  

Is housing available on the Portland Campus?Yes. Loveridge Hall housing information.

How many applications do you receive?Approximately 650 were received for the 2018-2019 academic year.

How many students are admitted to the nursing program?
200 seats will be available for the coming year:  56 in summer, 72 in fall and 72 the following spring. Admission to the program is competitive.  Priority is given to Linfield College pre-nursing students, most of whom begin the nursing program in the fall.  Availability for first degree transfer students is best in the spring, for second degree transfer students in the summer accelerated program.

Does Linfield have an accelerated BSN program?
Yes. Our accelerated program (ABSN) is offered once a year for students with a prior bachelor degree. It begins in June and is 15 months long. There is only one accelerated cohort. The application cycle is November 15 to February 1. Our fall and spring cohorts are non-accelerated.

I'm completing my first bachelor degree in June. May I apply for the accelerated program?
To qualify for the accelerated cohort program, you must have your degree conferred prior to application.

How are admission decisions made?
Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing uses an application scoring system based on academic and non-academic factors, but the greatest weight is placed on your prerequisite GPA, particularly anatomy and physiology and the other lab science courses.  Research indicates performance in these areas has a high correlation to success in nursing school and the subsequent licensing exam.

At the time of application and the date posted on the application calendar, applicants must have a minimum 3.000 GPA for all transferable prerequisite courses.

Transfer students applying for entry Spring 2019 or later will be subject to additional minimum requirements on coursework completed at the time of application:

  • Minimum 3.000 GPA in prerequisite science courses (biology or chemistry, anatomy & physiology, microbiology)
  • Minimum 2.700 GPA in prerequisite anatomy & physiology courses
  • Only one repeated grade for any anatomy or physiology course will be used in the calculation of the minimum GPA requirements.  In the case where a student has more than one repeat on a single course, only the grade from the first repeated course will be used.  A "W" or withdrawal from either an anatomy or physiology course will be counted as an attempt under this rule.  

Applicants falling below any of these standards will not be considered.

All applicants must maintain the minimum GPA requirements through completion of all prerequisite courses.  Admission will be revoked for those who fail to do so.

In addition to academic performance, Linfield also considers community values such as experience in health related settings, volunteer activities of any kind and professional/academic/personal recommendations.

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. Each application pool is unique.

When can I apply?
For entry either Summer or Fall Semester: November 15 - February 1. (McMinnville Campus Pre-Nursing students must apply by January 2.) 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 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.

English is not my first language. What proficiency is required?
For international applicants whose first language is not English, evidence of the current level of English proficiency is required and a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is preferred. Linfield College also recognizes scores from other standardized tests such as IELTS, TOEIC and EIKEN. To enter the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing as a full, degree-seeking student, applicants must submit an official copy of one or more of the following exams and minimum scores:

  • TOEFL (internet-based score 80 minimum with a writing sub-score 24 minimum; paper-based score 550 minimum for tests taken prior to July 2017)
  • EIKEN (Grade Pre-1)
  • IELTS (6.5 minimum with a writing sub-score of 7.0 minimum)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English A (score of 5 or higher)
  • MELAB (77 minimum with a writing sub-score of 87 minimum)
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (680 minimum)
  • SAT Critical Reading (630 minimum)
  • ACT English (28 minimum) and ACT Reading (28 minimum)
  • TOEIC (780 minimum)

I am an international applicant. What additional application items must I submit?
International applicants seeking admission as an F-1 student must also submit 1. International Financial Guarantee Form. 2. Official academic transcripts from foreign institutions where college level credit was earned.  3. Official evaluation of foreign academic credentials. The evaluation must be approved by a NACES member organization/company and include a course by course listing with grades. 4. 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?
A prospective student previously enrolled in any nursing program may apply for admission to the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing, by submitting the regular application, all regular supplementary materials, course syllabi of all completed nursing courses, and a letter or email directly from the dean/director of the previous school stating the student was in good standing and would be allowed to continue enrollment in the nursing program. Only those from an accredited baccalaureate institution with regional accreditation and national professional accreditation as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, such as the National League for Nursing (NLN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), will be evaluated for possible nursing transfer credit. Credit earned at non-accredited institutions is not transferable.

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.

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. See the School of Nursing Student Manual for further information.

How many clinical hours will I have?
You will participate in almost 1,000 hours of clinical during your program here at Linfield. Here is a list of sample clinical sites.

Will clinical experiences be only in the Portland Metro Area?
The majority of clinical experiences occur in the Tri-met ( Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington counties) area, students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical sites. 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.

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.