School of Nursing

Returning to our Roots:

Between 1908 and 1929 NCU constructed and operated the Pacific Christian Hospital (known today as PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center).

Program Offerings

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

The online RN to BSN program at Northwest Christian University is designed for students who have graduated from an accredited Registered Nursing program. The curriculum was developed to complement students’ pre-licensure nursing education and experience, to fulfill core competencies and leadership development desired by hospitals and other health care facilities, and reflect professional nursing standards and guidelines.

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Master of Science in Nursing

Take the next step in your career and earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in as little as 18 months by doing one course every 8 weeks, 100% online. Our online MSN program allows you to pursue your education without sacrificing your personal and professional commitments.

In this program, you’ll learn from experienced nurse educators who are experts in their field. Choose from two concentrations:

  • Nurse Leadership in Health Systems
  • Nursing Education

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Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)

The online RN to MSN track is perfect for RNs who know they want to complete their master’s degree. Students are admitted to the MSN program and upon completion of 9 bachelor-level courses (27 credits) will seamlessly be enrolled into master-level courses. Upon completion of all bachelor and master’s level coursework you will receive both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing.

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RN to MSN Bridge Program

Northwest Christian University’s RN to MSN bridge program is for Registered Nurses who have a Bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing and wish to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. NOTE: A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is not awarded upon completion of the bridge coursework.

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Post-Master’s Nursing Education Certificate

Gain the skills you need to pursue a role in nursing education through a Post-Master’s Nursing Education Certificate. Upon completion of this certificate, nurses with graduate degrees (or higher) and designated teaching experience will be educationally prepared to educate in an academic or clinical setting.

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  • 30+ years experience educating busy, working adults.
  • Coursework delivered 100% online.
  • Project-based practice experiences.
  • Program prepares students for graduate education.
  • Business Partnership Scholarships available for tuition assistance.

Sigma Pi Delta, Nursing Honor Society

These three Greek words forming the name of the society characterize the university’s mission of Wisdom (Sigma), Faith (Pi) and Service (Delta).  There are three ways NCU nursing students and nurse leaders in our community may become a Sigma Pi Delta member:

  • Undergraduate nursing students who achieve academic excellence in their nursing courses and rank in the top 35% of their graduating class are granted membership in Sigma Pi Delta.
  • Master’s students who have completed at least 1/4 of the nursing curriculum and achieve academic excellence (GPA of 3.5 or above) are granted membership in Sigma Pi Delta.
  • Nurse Leaders who are legally recognized to practice in their countries, have at least a baccalaureate degree in nursing or other field and demonstrate achievement in nursing in Scholarship or Leadership or Service or Practice may apply to become a member of Sigma Pi Delta.


Sigma Pi Delta members are inducted in December and May during the Blessing of the Hands Ceremony.

Nurse Leader Application Form

Articulation Agreements

NCU has established articulation agreements with a number institutions to support the transferability of credits. Articulation agreements attempt to simplify transition to a four-year university. NCU currently holds articulation agreements with the following institutions and their registered nursing programs:

  • Central Oregon Community College
  • Chemeketa Community College
  • Clackamas Community College
  • Lane Community College
  • Linn-Benton Community College
  • Mt. Hood Community College
  • Oregon Coast Community College
  • Portland Community College
  • Samaritan Health Services
  • Southwestern Oregon Community College
  • Sumner College
  • Treasure Valley Community College

For more detailed information regarding articulation agreements and the transfer of credits, click here.

Business Partnerships

NCU and local businesses are working together to educate nurses throughout our entire community. Partnering with NCU can provide a $1,000 annual scholarship for your valued employees. Current business partners include:

  • PeaceHealth
  • McKenzie-Willamette
  • CHI – Mercy Medical Center
  • Oregon Medical Group

Contact Dr. Linda Veltri, Associate Dean of Nursing, at 541-684-7338 or for more information on NCU’s business partnership program.


Northwest Christian University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).CCNE Accredited

The RN to BSN and MSN programs at Northwest Christian University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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