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Are you a registered nurse wanting to advance you career?Linfield College offers a fully online bachelor of science in nursing degree that is comprehensive and convenient. Offering online courses for over 10 years, we provide our students a unique education to registered nurses wherever you are in the United States - or throughout the world.

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Online RN to BSN Program

We have partnered with Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing since 1982 to offer the highest quality curriculum in our nursing program. Our holistic and inventive program places emphasis on a varied population where health care is offered and needed. We help individuals further their education in nursing so that they can make an impact in the world and contribute to better patient care.

With our nursing program, you will be able to:

  • Pursue better employment
  • Increase your income potential
  • Improve your chances for job promotion
  • Prepare for graduate school
  • Take advantage of open nursing opportunities
  • Learn management skills

Advantages of the Online RN to BSN Nursing Program

Although there are many online nursing programs out there, Linfield’s online RN to BSN program is truly unique:

  • It is designed for working nurses: Our curriculum is designed for all RNs, regardless of where you are in your career, with a convenient four semester course progression.
  • Our curriculum develops you as a leader, not just a student: Linfield’s liberal arts core, with its emphasis on building communication and critical thinking skills, develops our nurses into managers and opens up new worlds of opportunity.
  • You will be exploring health beyond hospitals: Our students participate in a service learning experience, rather than an inpatient clinical placement. Working with your instructors, you will develop a health project that relates directly to your community or wherever you see a health care need.
  • Study beyond borders with our international service learning: students can complete their service learning by spending 2-3 weeks in an international location, ranging from Peru, Ecuador, Romania, Costa Rica, Kenya and Nepal.

More benefits to you:

  • The program is 100 percent online
  • Faculty is highly qualified, dedicated and available to students
  • Students receive full support from the application process up to graduation
  • Students are assigned a personal faculty advisor
  • Students have access to technical support

If you are looking to pursue a professionally advanced role in nursing, Linfield College Adult Degree program is the right choice for you. Our flexible nursing degree online program focuses on a fulfilling career in nursing where you can use what you have learned to advance your current profession or change careers. Based in Portland, Oregon, we're proud to serve those around the world looking to forward their career and their life.


How Long Does it Take to Complete the BSN?
The nursing courses are designed with a progression plan of four consecutive semesters. Students seeking their first bachelor’s degree must also complete the Linfield Curriculum (LC courses) general education requirements prior to graduation. It is recommended that the majority of these courses be completed prior to enrolling in the nursing courses. Students working toward the completion of their second bachelor’s degree are exempt from the Linfield Curriculum (LC courses) requirement. Part-time and full-time enrollment plans are available. Students with a full-time class schedule may graduate in 15 months. Most students following a part-time class schedule graduate in 18 to 21 months. Class schedules at a slower pace are available. See “Curriculum Plans for RN to BSN Students” 

Am I eligible?
You are eligible for admission to the program if:

You are a registered nurse with an unencumbered RN license
You have a 2.75 grade point average in prerequisites including college writing courses

Is the program accredited?
The Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and accredited by  the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Linfield College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

What is the online learning format like?
Online courses are perfect for RNs with schedules that demand flexibility. Courses offered over the web will require you to post assignments by a certain time each week. You can do most of the work on your own schedule. You will have separate links for submitting homework, group discussion, and personal communication with your instructor. With internet access you can work from anywhere. Expect to spend the same amount of time in an online class as you would in a face-to-face class, and adhere to similar assignment deadlines.

Can I take my entire program online?
All nursing courses and general education courses (the Linfield Curriculum) are taught online. Each RN to BSN student will carry out a Service Learning Experience in NURS 476, RN to BSN Integrated Experiential Learning. This course provides academic credit for conducting a health promotion project that meets a local community need. The registered nurse and local community members will collaborate to identify a need and appropriate project. The Service Learning Experience replaces the traditional in-patient clinical experience and supports the key role that registered nurses play in delivering healthcare in local communities. The Service Learning Experience may also be carried out internationally through an approved agency, and requires a minimum of six months notice for advanced planning.

Can I count my prior college work?
You can transfer in a maximum of 72 semester credits (108 quarter credits) from community colleges, and in addition, most credits from four-year institutions with a grade of C or higher. Courses with grades of C- and below will not transfer. All institutions must be regionally accredited. Nursing credits completed in your associate degree or hospital-based diploma program are considered separately from transfer credits.

How do I earn credit for my prior nursing education?
With the successful completion of NURS 308, you will be awarded 31 semester credits of Linfield nursing coursework. Linfield charges a fee of $525 for the Credit for Prior Learning Award. You receive a billing statement when the credits have been added to your transcript and will have the entire next semester to pay the fee.

When and How Do I Apply?
Contact the Online and Continuing Education office at 800-452-4176 or to connect with your Admissions Counselor. You may also fill out the information request formTo look up course equivalencies for schools in the region, see Transfer Guide for RN to BSN PrerequisitesApply online. Send official transcripts and the RN to BSN Student Recommendation form completed by your most recent supervisor or nursing faculty to Linfield College Adult Degree Program, 900 SE Baker St., McMinnville, OR 97128. The student recommendation may also be scanned and emailed to The Student Recommendation form is available online. If you are enrolled in a prerequisite course at a college other than Linfield during the term that you apply, you must provide an additional official transcript after grades have posted.

When Do I Enroll in the Nursing Major Courses
After you are admitted to Linfield College, and have completed the school of nursing prerequisites, and most of the general education requirements  (the Linfield Curriculum), you will enroll in the nursing major courses, beginning with NURS 308. Before the last date of registration for NURS 308, you are required to complete the NURS 308 Health Passport requirements. The Getting Started Checklist will take you step by step from applying for admission to logging in to your first online course. Use it to keep track of your progress.

Can I Continue to Work Full-time?
The majority of students in the program are fully employed RNs. They report that integrating an academic program into their clinical practice is demanding at times but doable. The online nature of the program allows you the flexibility to work varying schedules.

What are the Prerequisites and the Graduation Requirements?

An unencumbered RN license.
Natural or Life Sciences (minimum of 12 semester credits)
Social or Behavioral Sciences (minimum of 3 semester credits)
College Writing (one or more courses totaling 4 semester or 6 quarter credits)
Statistics (3 semester credits)
Nutrition (no time limitations)
Computer Applications (proficiency waiver available) Computer Proficiency Waiver

The prerequisite courses above will satisfy many of the Linfield Curriculum general education requirements, but six areas – creative studies, ultimate questions, vital past, US pluralisms, global pluralisms, and the upper division non-nursing course (with a LC designation outside of US/GP)  – generally require one course of 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits.

The Linfield Adult Degree Program provides all of the prerequisites and LC general education courses online except for Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology. See Transfer Guide for RN to BSN PrerequisitesOverall, 125 semester credits are required for a bachelor’s degree, a minimum of 30 of these credits must be earned in Linfield courses for a first bachelor’s degree. For a second bachelor’s degree, the Linfield Curriculum general education requirements are waived and a total of 35 credits earned in Linfield courses are required.

As the saying goes, “a picture is worth 1,000 words,” and the Course Selection Guide for RN to BSN Students gives you a picture of the whole degree.

You may be admitted to Linfield College prior to completing all of the prerequisite courses, but you must complete them prior to NURS 308. Look over the Transfer Credit Course Equivalences for Prerequisites for more information.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available to all eligible admitted students. Tuition assistance may be available through your employer. To receive educational loans you must be registered for at least 6 credits during each semester in which you receive financial aid. Financial Aid is generally sufficient to cover tuition, fees, and books at Linfield. To apply for financial aid, submit an online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA - Linfield code 003198) and the Linfield Application for Financial Aid (LAFA) in your WebAdvisor account. from the website. Linfield financial aid counselors are available to assist you with planning. 

Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 1-888-471-2225 or 503-883-2225 or In addition, you will need to complete an Academic Plan of courses with your Academic Advisor to be provided to the Office of Financial Aid.

Veterans Benefits

The Linfield program has been approved by the VA for veterans pursuing a degree. Contact Cheryl Wright, certifying official to determine your tuition and educational benefits,, or 503-883-2597.

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