Admission

SPU’s School of Health Sciences graduate programs bring vital Christian faith to rigorous training and effective professional and clinical practice. We graduate skilled professionals committed to the well-being of individuals and communities.

Entry Points

If you have an associates, bachelor’s or master’s degree, we have an entry option for you. There is a program at SPU for every nurse.

MSN Pathway

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Admission Requirements

The School of Health Sciences offers a DNP degree program, a MSN degree program, and a nurse educator certificate program. Each pathway has specific admission requirements.

DNP Program

Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner Concentrations

  • One of the following in-process (must be completed by program start date) or earned degrees:
    • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited nursing program (for example: CCNE, CNEA, ACEN, etc.)
    • Master’s of Nursing degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited program (for example: CCNE, CNEA, ACEN, etc.)
  • 12 months’ full-time experience as an RN by September 1st
  • A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 in your bachelor’s OR, if applicable, master’s program
  • Proof of English language proficiency if your native language is not English, regardless of citizenship (Please reference the language proficiency requirement for graduate nursing programs.)
  • Washington state RN license by program start date.

Note: Although not required at the time of application, all applicants are required to show completion of a three-quarter credit (or equivalent) course in descriptive and inferential statistics with a grade of at least C+ (2.3) before matriculation. Failure to successfully complete this course means you will not be able to enroll in the program.

    About Work Experience

    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 lifespan (pediatric and adult populations).
    • It is preferred that AGNP applicants demonstrate nursing experience as a licensed RN in the care of adult populations.

MSN Program

Clinical Leadership in Practice and Nurse Educator Concentrations

    • One of the following in-process (must be completed by program start date) or earned degrees:
      • Associate degree in nursing (or its equivalent). Applicants may be required to complete additional coursework (pending approved transfer of credits).
      • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited nursing program (for example: CCNE, CNEA, ACEN, etc.).
    • 12 months’ full-time experience as an RN before September 1st
    • A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 in your associate OR bachelor’s program. The following prerequisite coursework is required with a minimum of 2.0 in any individual course before matriculation.  Failure to successfully complete these courses means you will not be able to enroll in the program:
      • General (Inorganic) Chemistry (equivalent to CHM 1310 or 1211)
      • Biological (Organic) Chemistry (equivalent to CHM 1360 or 1330)
      • Anatomy (equivalent to BIO 2129)
      • Physiology (equivalent to BIO 2130)
      • English Composition (similar to WRI 1000)
      • General Microbiology (equivalent to BIO 3351)
      • General Psychology (equivalent to PSY 1180)
      • Developmental Psychology (equivalent to PSY 2470)
      • Statistics (equivalent to MAT 2360)
      • Art (similar to WKA)
      • Humanities (similar to WKH)
    • Proof of English language proficiency if your native language is not English, regardless of citizenship (Please reference the language proficiency requirement for graduate nursing programs.)
    • A Washington state RN license by program start date.

Application Procedure 

Applicants who meet minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission. Completed applications are screened and reviewed by Graduate Admissions and Graduate Admissions Committee. Graduate Admissions Committee consists of members of the Graduate Nursing Council (GNC) and other key School of Health Sciences faculty. 

Due Dates:

  • Nurse Practitioner DNP due January 15, 2018, by 5 p.m. 
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist DNP due February 15, 2018, by 5 p.m.
  • Full time MSN applications for BSN prepared applicants due February 15, 2018, by 5 p.m. We are unable to accept part time MSN applicants or applicants without a BSN degree at this time.

Contact the Graduate Admissions office for more information.

Applications must include: 

  •  Application fee: $65 
  •  Official transcript(s) 
  •  Recommendations– professional (two); One must be from your current manager and one from a colleague who can speak to your ability to be successful in graduate studies, leadership, and advanced practice.  
  •  Personal Statement
  •  Résumé 

Prompts and additional information for recommendations, reflection statements, and résumés are found in the Application.  SPU Graduate Admissions will confirm your active, unencumbered RN license.

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

Send all application materials to:

Graduate Admissions 
Seattle Pacific University 
3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 115-G
 Seattle, WA 98119-1997

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