Apply to the Nursing Program

A nursing career will challenge you to continually learn and build excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills while making a difference in people’s lives.  Nursing is an exciting profession that affords practitioners many opportunities. Nursing at SPU is challenging, rewarding, and fun. We look forward to receiving your application.

Nursing students in a nursing skills lab


Admission to the Lydia Green Nursing Program at SPU is highly competitive. Our most successful applicants demonstrate strong academic performance, excellent professional references, work or volunteer experience, strong communication and quantitative skills, and professionalism.

Prerequisite courses

It is strongly recommended that all other general education coursework necessary for the bachelor of science degree be completed prior to beginning the Nursing program. In order to begin the program, the following prerequisite college-level courses must be completed:

You may download a Microsoft Excel version of the prerequisite calculator which will assist you in figuring out if you have a qualifying cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courses.

What type of applicant am I?

High school seniors may be considered for direct admission.

SPU students are currently enrolled at SPU or have been enrolled at SPU within the past four quarters.

Transfer students have not been enrolled at SPU for the past four quarters.

Post-baccalaureate students hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.

Mid-program transfer students have recently completed at least one quarter or semester of clinical nursing coursework (beyond prerequisites) at another institution (bachelor’s degree level).

Have questions?

Undergraduate Nursing Program Information Sessions are held each quarter, contact Undergraduate Admissions to visit campus

Contact with questions about the nursing application. 

Lydia Green

Lydia Green

The late Lydia Flesher Green was a former missionary to China and longtime nursing administrator.

William Nguyen

William Nguyen’s Story

“The night before I was due to enlist in the Army Reserves, I came down with the shingles virus. What was mistaken for a bad rash quickly turned into a bacterial infection, which would render me immobile for two weeks. The hopes I had of becoming an explosive ordnance disposal technician quickly slipped away.”