School of Health Sciences
Lucille Kelley, Dean of the School of Health Sciences
We prepare graduates in nursing to engage the culture through service and change the world through leadership. Learning occurs within a Christian community that offers opportunities to become nurses of competence, character, and wisdom. — School of Health Sciences Mission Statement
Lydia Green Nursing Program
The bachelor of science degree with a major in nursing prepares graduates to assume entry-level practice and leadership roles in a variety of settings. The aim is to foster the development of selfunderstanding, caring, collaboration, ethical thought and action, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and judgment, as well as integrating Christian faith with scientific knowledge and clinical expertise.
The School of Health Sciences offers an undergraduate major in nursing, an undergraduate R.N. to B.S. degree completion program and a master of science in nursing program with various pathways including clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, and postmaster’s nurse practitioner.
The nursing program is approved by the state of Washington and accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education. Upon completion of the degree, the graduate is eligible to take the national examination required for licensure as a registered nurse (NCLEX).
Admission to the Major Process
For students admitted to and currently enrolled at SPU, preparation for entry into the nursing major in the School of Health Sciences begins the first quarter of the freshman year. Upon completion of the first quarter of the freshman year, students who are interested in applying to the nursing major can request a nursing faculty advisor from Student Academic Services.
Students currently attending SPU must apply to the nursing major on or before February 1 of his or her sophomore year. The application and a recommendation form are available on the School of Health Sciences Web site by mid-October for program entry the following autumn.
Students contemplating transfer to SPU must apply to both the University and to the School of Health Sciences Nursing Program through the Office of Admissions on or before March 1. Applicants are instructed to indicate in the University application that nursing is the intended major. Post-baccalaureate transfer students need to request the University post-baccalaureate application.
All application materials for the School of Health Sciences Nursing Program are available on the SPU School of Health Sciences Web site at www.spu.edu/depts/hsc/.
The Academic Student Affairs Committee evaluates applications on the basis of scholarship and personal qualifications judged necessary for nursing. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in the natural and social-science prerequisite course is expected; a 3.0 GPA is preferred. GPA alone does not assure admission to the program. Grades less than a C will not be accepted. Entering nursing students are expected to have basic computer literacy including word processing and email, and be able to participate in computer-assisted instruction, online literature searches and Web-based courses.
Registered nurses from diploma and associate-degree programs who wish to complete a bachelors of science degree make an appointment with the director of the R.N. to B.S. degree completion program before applying to the University. Individual transcript evaluation and planning is made at the time of admission to the program. Applicants are encouraged to get an A.A. degree in order to complete the lower-division liberal arts requirements necessary for general education and graduation from the University.
International students who are registered nurses in another country must pass the TOEFL (if English is not the first language) and the foreign-nurse examination (CGFNS) prior to beginning coursework and prepare to take the NCLEX. After a transcript evaluation, an appropriate curriculum plan will be made in light of general education requirements, nursing practice and individual needs.
R.N. to B.S. Degree Completion
Expenses for Basic Nursing Students
Scholarships and Loans