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Nursing (MSN) and Certificate Programs


Marston Hall

206-281-2888
beth.vancamp@spu.edu
spu.edu/nursing

 

At a time of unprecedented change and challenges in health care, it is increasingly important that nurses provide the vision, talent, and leadership necessary to serve individuals, groups, and communities.

The Graduate Nursing Program at Seattle Pacific University prepares you to advance clinical care and expand your career opportunities within a specialty concentration of your choice. Our program focuses on using current theory and evidence-based practice to improve the quality and safety of care. The School of Health Sciences is committed to robust academics within a relationship-centered learning environment.

PROGRAM CONCENTRATIONS

The MSN program offers the following speciality concentrations:

  • Clinical Leadership in Practice 
  • Clinical Leadership in Practice, Nurse Educator specialization
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Practitioner (Family or Adult/Gerontology)

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Two certificate programs are also available:

  • Nurse Educator Certificate (post-baccalaureate/post-master's)
  • Nurse Practitioner Certificate (post-master's)

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

The graduate nursing admissions counselor (beth.vancamp@spu.edu) is available to assist you with your application. Requirements vary by specialty practice and your educational background. GRE scores are not required for admission. 

 

Clinical Leadership in Practice and the Nurse Educator Specialization


For admission to the Clinical Leadership in Practice Program (with or without the Nurse Educator Specialization) the following are required:

  • An associate or a baccalaureate degree (in nursing or a related field). Baccalaureate degree holders in a field other than nursing may be required to complete additional coursework (pending approved transfer of credits).
  • Documented minimum of 18 months of active RN experience* at the time of the due date for application submission.
  • The following prerequisite coursework is required with a cumulative GPA at minimum 3.0 and a minimum of 2.0 in any pre-requisite course:
         • Statistics
         • English Composition
         • Anatomy and Physiology
         • Microbiology
         • Lifespan Psychology
         • Chemistry

Note: transcripted courses in Arts and Humanities will be reviewed for potential substitution for courses included in the SPU curriculum.

  • Active, unencumbered Washington state RN license


Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner


For admission to the Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner Programs the following are required:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing or a related field. Baccalaureate degree holders in a field other than nursing may be required to complete additional coursework (pending approved transfer of credits).
  • Documented minimum of 24 months active RN experience* at the time of the due date for application submission.
  • Satisfactory completion of a 5 quarter credit statistics course with a grade of 2.0 or better.
  • Active, unencumbered Washington State RN license.

Nurse Educator Certificate Program


For admission to the Nurse Educator Certificate Program the following are required:
a) A baccalaureate, a masters, or doctoral degree in nursing.
b) At the time of the due date for application submission, qualified applicants must be

    able to document a minimum of 18 months active RN experience.*
c) Active, unencumbered Washington State RN License


Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program


For the Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program the following are required:

  • A master's or doctoral degree in nursing.
  • Documented minimum of 24 months active RN experience* at the time of the due date for application submission.
  • Satisfactory completion of a 5 quarter credit statistics course with a grade of 2.0 or better.
  • Active, unencumbered Washington state RN license.


*The SHS Graduate Program defines active nursing practice to include those activities that require RN licensure, employment, and utilize the nursing process to deliver or direct care.

  • CNS applicants must demonstrate a population focus or specialty practice in their active clinical practice. Please refer to the American Nurse Credentialing Center for CNS national certification specialties.
  • It is preferred that FNP applicants demonstrate nursing experience as a licensed RN in the care of patients across the life span (pediatric and adult populations).
  • It is preferred that AGNP applicants demonstrate nursing experience as a licensed RN in the care of adult populations.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants who meet minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission. Completed applications are screened and reviewed by The Graduate Center and the Graduate Admissions Committee. The Graduate Admissions Committee consists of members of the Graduate Studies and Post Graduate Studies Committee (GPSC) and other key SHS faculty.

  • Online application.
  • $50 processing fee. (Make checks out to Seattle Pacific University.)
  • Official transcript(s).
  • Two professional recommendation letters. (One must be from a current manager, supervisor, or direct report.)
  • Personal reflection statement. (Prompt is found in the online application.)
  • Résumé and cover letter.

The SPU Graduate Center will confirm your active, unencumbered RN license.
After the review of your application, you may be invited to complete a thesis-driven essay and/or have an in-person interview as part of the admissions process.

It is recommended that you begin the process by submitting an application, although you may send other admissions documents at any time. It is also recommended that you talk with the SPU Graduate Center early in the application process in order to ensure a smooth transition into the program.

 

ACADEMIC PROGRAM COURSEWORK


The Graduate Nursing Program operates on a cohort model beginning with foundational coursework that a focuses on quality clinical practice, evidence-based practice, and leadership. Coursework is separated into specialty areas and clinical Internship experiences begin only after the completion of all prerequisite courses. All graduate coursework must adhere to specified levels of scholarship before progression can occur.

 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The general requirements for a master’s degree are consistent with those listed for the University. All courses must be completed as designated on the student's individual curriculum plan. The University requires that all master's degree coursework be completed within a six-year limit. Students electing to complete a thesis must register for additional thesis credits.

To graduate, all students must demonstrate beginning proficiency within their professional role as put forth by professional standards for practice as well as fulfill all requirements as stated by the University.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Graduate Center

Beth Van Camp, Admissions Counselor

beth.vancamp@spu.edu or 206-281-2888 or 800-601-0603 (toll free)

Apply online at spu.edu/prospects/grad.

 

Graduate Program, School of Health Sciences

Katie Bennett, Graduate Administrative Assistant

kbennett@spu.edu or 206-281-2616

 

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