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The RN to BSN Curriculum

The community-centered curriculum focuses on registered nurses becoming leaders in their community with an emphasis on social justice, diversity, multicultural awareness, collaboration, vulnerable populations and health promotion.

You have the support of an academic advisor to assist in guiding you through your personalized academic plan.

Degree requirements

Completion of 125-semester credits:

  • A minimum of 33 transfer credits from an institution that holds institutional accreditation (including general education, prerequisites and electives)
  • After successful completion of course NURS 308 (RN to BSN Transition to Professional Practice), 31 credits for prior learning are awarded
  • Receive 31 credits for an unencumbered RN license
  • Complete 30 credit hours at Linfield
  • Pass each course in the nursing major with a grade of C or better
  • Achieve a nursing major GPA of 2.00 minimum

View course descriptions and program requirements

What our students say about the program

Professional growth

“The RN-BSN curriculum is allowing me to think more deeply about certain topics and to be exposed to concepts and ideas that I was not aware of before I started the program. For this I am thankful, and I feel that the program is giving me a professional polish that I was lacking before.” —Laura Weldon

Dedicated expert faculty

“I am very happy to have chosen to do my RN to BSN through Linfield. Thank you to all the faculty and staff at Linfield. Your work to make an online RN to BSN program for working nurses has been phenomenal, especially given the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not a checkbox RN to BSN program. I feel like I am truly learning and being pushed to better myself in healthcare each week.” —Tyler Haslam

RN to BSN student with seven fellow volunteers boarding a boat in Panama

Clinical experience

In addition to your online course work, you will complete your clinical hours through a service-learning experience either locally or internationally during your last course: Integrated Experiential Learning. You will work with our service-learning coordinator to create your experience.

Read about one student's international experience

Our international service-learning partners

You have the opportunity to choose among several different programs and countries for a one to three-week international service-learning experience.

The following organizations are examples of reputable organizations students have traveled with:

Domestic opportunities

  • Free clinics
  • School nursing
  • Teen pregnancy centers
  • Camps for children with special needs
  • Church programs serving vulnerable populations
  • Homeless shelters
  • Needle exchange programs
  • Crisis line
  • Immunization clinics