- Linfield College
School of Nursing

The BSN Program

graduating nurses

The Faculty

  • One-on-one contact with faculty
  • Supportive community of learning
  • Small class sizes (no more than 8 in clinical; theory classes have 40 or less)
  • Open door policy makes faculty accessible


Other Points of Interest

  • Affiliated with Legacy Health System, one of the top ten major health systems in the nation.
  • The School of Nursing is located across the street from Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in historic Northwest Portland and is close to other major health care systems in the Portland area.
  • Affiliated with a variety of other hospitals and community health care agencies throughout the Portland metropolitan area.
  • Oldest nursing school in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Home of Chapter Xi Mu, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • January Term Abroad course¬†focused on nursing as well as Semester Abroad Programs are open to nursing students.
  • Innovative multicultural nursing program.
  • Easy articulation for practicing registered nurses into our online RN to BSN Program.
  • State-of-the-art nursing lab with high fidelity simulation.


Portland was a city of 70,000 when Emily Loveridge arrived, fresh from Bellevue Hospital's School of Nursing in New York City. Good Samaritan Hospital was a two-story building with 50 beds. But it was there that Emily Loveridge found her life's work and was a major force in bringing nursing to professional status in the West. She had determination, spirit and the willingness to work hard. As one of only three graduate nurses in Portland, she recognized the need for qualified nurses and on June 1, 1890, with five students enrolled, opened the first school of nursing in the Northwest. She established a tradition of excellence in nursing that remains as the foundation of Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing today.
old photo of graduating nurse
In 1982, in response to the national trend in nursing education to place the education of nurses in institutions of higher learning, Emily Loveridge's Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing became the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing under the auspices of Linfield College, a strong, liberal arts college. Today's graduates receive a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree.

Whether the School was responding to the need for nurses to help victims of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake or providing medical care during World Wars I and II, nurses trained at Good Samaritan Hospital have responded to health care needs throughout the region, the country and the world. That tradition continues today with the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing. Graduates work not only in the Northwest, but throughout the world. The tradition of excellence in nursing education continues.