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Earn your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with Linfield's

Master's Entry into Professional Nursing Program

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The first of its kind in Oregon!

Linfield University’s Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing (MEPN) program is the ideal prelicensure program for the individual with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing area that has developed a passion to contribute to the health and well-being of individuals in the communities where you work and live.

Linfield's MEPN program will not only deliver the foundational information needed to enter into the nursing profession, but it will also further build your knowledge and skills at the master’s level to increase access and promote health equity, improve patient and population health outcomes, and provide leadership within complex healthcare systems.

Program features

  • Accelerated five-term, 15-month program
  • Clinical practice and simulated learning experiences in a variety of settings every term
  • Be prepared to address health disparities to improve patient and population health outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX), the exam required to become a registered nurse.

Linfield graduates will be prepared to evaluate and leverage research and evidence-based practice to improve care coordination across settings, innovate and implement quality improvement processes, and provide leadership that will raise the standards of care in our complex healthcare systems.

In the MEPN program at Linfield

you will take:

Leadership and Advocacy in Nursing

Analyze the role of the nurse as leader, advocate and change agent in complex health care organizational systems and the nursing profession in the context of current issues and trends.

Nursing Care of Communities and Populations

Explore concepts related to the health and nursing care of communities and populations domestically and globally, including an examination of the social systems and contextual influences on the health and well-being of communities and populations.

Health Assessment, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology in Nursing

A two-course series covering safe and effective medication administration and understanding of pharmacology of major drug classifications. It also integrates and applies evidence-based pathophysiology and pharmacology into a holistic comprehensive assessment of diverse individuals across the lifespan.

What you can do with this degree

  • Become a nurse academic.

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  • Work as an RN in a variety of hospital or clinical settings, such as acute care, primary care or public health

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  • Fast track to nursing leadership roles in health care systems

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  • Apply for competitive admission to advanced practice programs – such as nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, certified registered nurse anesthetist – and DNP and Ph.D. programs 

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Beth Woodward
Associate Director of Admission
Portland Campus, Building 1 - 188


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Linfield University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (