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Online RN to BSN Degree

Linfield College offers an RN - BSN degree for the registered nurse. This degree program employs a variety of delivery formats to overcome barriers you encounter in accessing higher education – work schedules, proximity to a college, responsibilities to family. You can complete all of the courses in the RN to BSN degree through online classes. This allows you to achieve your educational goals via the technological innovations available to us wherever you are in the United States.

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What is the Online RN to BSN Program?

The Online RN to BSN program of study is Linfield College’s BSN degree completion program for registered nurses. It is provided by the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in partnership with the Linfield Adult Degree Program. The curriculum is based on the high quality on-campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree established in 1982. We offer a visionary, innovative and holistic program that focuses on diverse populations, provided wherever health care occurs in the community.

Program Costs

Tuition Cost per semester credit. 2014 - 2015 No out of state tuition. (Effective Fall 2014 through Summer 2015) $450
Fees Online fee per credit $50 for maximum $150 per course $150
Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) 31 Linfield nursing credits awarded upon successful completion of NURS 308 $525
Application for Admission $  50
RN to BSN Experiential Learning Fee Clinical administrative/coordination fee assessed for all students enrolled in NURS 476 $100
Nursing Liability Insurance Premium Proof of liability insurance and health insurance required with NURS 475/476 $ 60
Textbooks Average cost per course, will vary depending upon new or used $160

Tuition Comparison with Other RN to BSN Programs 2014 - 2015 Tuition Costs per Credit* 

(Effective Fall 2014 through Summer 2015)

Linfield College RN to BSN $450 (semester credit)
Oregon Health & Science University RN to BSN $452 (quarter credit)
University of Phoenix RN to BSN $585** (semester credit) **Varies upon location and program
Washington State University RN to BSN $570 WA in-state rate (semester credit)

* Tuition costs typically increase each Fall. 

When comparing total cost for the RN to BSN degree, we recommend that you ask for the number of credits required to be completed at each school and the total number needed for graduation, which varies by institution. For comparison between quarter and semester credits; 1 quarter credit =.67 semester credit. 6 quarter credits = 4 semester credits. Every effort has been made to present this information accurately.

Twyla McKinney, RN, BSN, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Linfield College. Like many individuals, Twyla was looking to education to help her open doors so she could make an impact in this world. And Twyla certainly was able to make an impact.

It was a trip to Kenya for Twyla’s senior nursing project, where she conducted health outreach and studied barriers to HIV and AIDS education, where she was able to put her knowledge as a registered nurse to work, while working to complete her RN to BSN degree.

Miguel Martinez-Sierra earned his RN to BSN degree through the Linfield Adult Degree Program, and shared his thoughts and experience in his commencement speech on May 29, 2011 to the graduating class. 

RN to BSN Program Overview

Why is completing the BSN Degree Important?
BSN-prepared nurses advance the profession of nursing, improve the quality of patient care, and contribute to the wellbeing of our communities. Your reasons for earning the BSN will vary. You may be ready to take on more responsibility, pursue positions that require the BSN, increase your compensation, or prepare for graduate school. The RN to BSN program of study can help prepare you for all of these, and you won’t have to wait until graduation to put your new perspective to work. Linfield’s innovative community-based nursing curriculum provides opportunities to practice leadership and management skills in your community and to explore evidence-based nursing practice within a global framework. You and your employer will notice a difference.

Why choose Linfield College?
Linfield is one of the first colleges in the West and was chartered in 1858. The college is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities as a non-profit, independent institution. Linfield has received praise in recent years by The Washington Post, Atlantic, New York Times, Washington Monthly, Huffington Post, Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”  Forbes named Linfield one of the nation’s “Top Colleges,” with special recognition for quality of teaching and student satisfaction. Linfield pioneered online education in the Pacific Northwest and now serves a virtual learning community of adult students logged in from around the globe. The advantages of Linfield's adult degree program are:

Desirable faculty to student ratio of 1 : 14
Convenient methods of class delivery
Affordable tuition comparable to public universities and below that of many private schools costs
Academic advising support and financial aid assistance
Online academic tutoring services
Superior research and library assistance 
Career planning assistance 


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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