- Linfield College
Admission to Nursing

Prerequisite Guide for Nursing

First Degree and Second Degree (Accelerated) Applicants Transferring from Other Colleges and Universities Directly to the Pre-Licensure Nursing Program

Prerequisite course completion requirements:
  • A minimum of 11 semester credits (16 quarter credits) in the lab sciences (biology/chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology) and all other prerequisite courses must be complete (not in-progress) by the final transcript deadline specified for each start term (see the Application Calendar section of the Admission Requirements page).  Successful completion of prerequisites and the resulting grades in these courses are strong factors in the admission decision, so students should have most, if not all, prerequisites complete by the time they apply.  We recommend having no more than one or two prerequisite courses in progress at the time a student applies. 
  •  Anatomy & physiology, microbiology, and nutrition must be completed within 7 years of the application due date.
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.

Total credits:

Students must have 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 program. Please be aware that, generally, professional/technical courses will not transfer. Repeated courses (that is, courses with the same content) will only transfer once. Students who have questions about the transferability of any coursework should contact 1reg@linfield.edu.

Linfield Curriculum (General Education):

Students seeking their first bachelor’s degree must also complete Linfield Curriculum (general education) requirements prior to graduation. These may be completed during the nursing program, but it is recommended that the majority of these courses be completed prior to enrollment. Nursing prerequisite courses will satisfy some of the general education requirements, but five areas—Creative Studies (CS), Ultimate Questions (UQ), Vital Past (VP), U.S. Pluralisms (US) and Global Pluralisms (GP)—generally require an additional 3 semester-credit or 4 quarter-credit course.

*Second degree applicants satisfy the writing requirement by virture of their first bachelor degree.  No additional writing courses are required.


Track your progress with a prerequisite GPA calculator.  

Track your progress with a prerequisite course checklist (pdf), (doc).  The .pdf version has the widest compatibility across different devices but must be printed and filled out manually, while the .doc version is a Microsoft Word Document and can be filled out electronically if you have the software to do so.

Detailed transfer guides are available for many area community colleges and universities.

An academic credit evaluation will be made for all confirmed students. Transfer credit will be considered for courses completed at regionally accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities only. A grade of ‘C’ or higher is required for transfer.  (P/NP or S/U grading not accepted.)

If you have any questions regarding the transferability of your courses, please contact 1reg@linfield.edu.