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Linfield University vs OHSU

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Hi everyone!

I have read a bunch of conflicting reviews regarding the OHSU/ Linfield University Nursing Program. Personally, I think a program that involves a solid science background is crucial for further advancement in the field as I do consider pursuing a CRNA in the future. Judging based on prerequisites, it seems as though Linfield requires additional Chemistry/biology courses which leads me to believe that there is a greater curriculum emphasis on the science where OHSU asks for only the core requirements (A&P, Microbiology, nutrition etc). However, I do know that OHSU is also a medical school and offers an array of courses such as PA, DNP, MD etc... therefore, which one of the two schools would you go with if a strong scientific background is important to you?

Meliza

Specializes in CCMA, Pre-Clinical Health Science.

Hi! I'll be applying to both of their ABSN programs. While OHSU only asks for those specific classes, taking more science makes you more competitive. From what I have heard, they still want to see a strong background in biology or Chemistry in addition to the prerequisites. This probably isn't the answer you're looking for, but both schools are very respected in the area. 

Just now, MegtheNurse said:

Hi! I'll be applying to both of their ABSN programs. While OHSU only asks for those specific classes, taking more science makes you more competitive. From what I have heard, they still want to see a strong background in biology or Chemistry in addition to the prerequisites. This probably isn't the answer you're looking for, but both schools are very respected in the area. 

Hi, thanks for the advice! would you mind sharing your stats?

Meliza

Specializes in CCMA, Pre-Clinical Health Science.

14 minutes ago, Geroge said:

Hi, thanks for the advice! would you mind sharing your stats?

Sure! I am about to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with an overall projected GPA of 3.4 and a prerequisite GPA of 3.6. I have experience as a surgical and pediatric medical assistant and will completing the IBCLCE program at OHSU-PSU before applying. 

Wow your stats look great! do you apply to apply for the fall cohort? I already applied to the Spring 2021 cohort at linfield (OHSU has only 1 cohort a year so I will be applying there if I don’t get into linfield). My prerequisites GPA is 3.83, science and A&P GPA is 4.0 (I guess only Linfield looks like these courses in more detail) I don’t have much healthcare experience though so I will have to work on that more..

How much work experience do you have by the way? 

Meliza

Specializes in CCMA, Pre-Clinical Health Science.

Your stats are great! I have a friend who just graduated from OHSU with no healthcare experience, but a 4.0 in all her prereqs. My GPA is lower because I've been doing this all with 3 kids, so I hope my experience helps. I only have about a year as an MA, but I don't plan to apply until 2022 so I can gain more. Good luck and I hope you get in!

1 hour ago, Meliza said:

Your stats are great! I have a friend who just graduated from OHSU with no healthcare experience, but a 4.0 in all her prereqs. My GPA is lower because I've been doing this all with 3 kids, so I hope my experience helps. I only have about a year as an MA, but I don't plan to apply until 2022 so I can gain more. Good luck and I hope you get in!

Thank you so much! I hope you’ll get in as well!

The nursing school isn't connected in any way to the PA or MD programs. I think both Linfield and OHSU are probably similar but Linfield is much more expensive and I believe has a significantly higher admissions rate.

1 hour ago, PortlandRN2020 said:

The nursing school isn't connected in any way to the PA or MD programs. I think both Linfield and OHSU are probably similar but Linfield is much more expensive and I believe has a significantly higher admissions rate.

I agree. However, for you to get into a PA program you need a direct patient care and I think working as an R.N. can help you with that although it’s not required. As for Linfield and OHSU, both are accredited and can get you the same or similar education quality. OHSU is much cheaper because it’s public while Linfield is private. That’s why it’s so competitive.

I went to OHSU and interviewed at Linfield so I'm well aware of the difference in cost and the fact that Linfield is private. I'm trying to help you here. Nursing school is not scientifically rigorous and there are other ways to get health care experience if PA school is what you want to do. You should be posting in pre-PA forums to get advice on this.

On 10/10/2020 at 10:24 PM, PortlandRN2020 said:

I went to OHSU and interviewed at Linfield so I'm well aware of the difference in cost and the fact that Linfield is private. I'm trying to help you here. Nursing school is not scientifically rigorous and there are other ways to get health care experience if PA school is what you want to do. You should be posting in pre-PA forums to get advice on this.

Did you go through the ABSN program at OHSU? I applied for the 2021 cycle and would love your thoughts on the program. I don't have healthcare experience, but my prereq GPA for OHSU is 3.96.