Admission FAQs

Request more info »Apply to the Nursing program »

Q: When is the nursing application due?

A: Cycle one application process for placed entry to the Autumn 2019 or Winter 2020 cohorts for all applicants will be available mid-November 2018 and due on January 15, 2019.
Cycle two application process for entry to the Spring 2020 (pending approval) cohort for all applicants will be available mid-August 2019 and due on October 15, 2019. 

Q: I applied last year; what is new for 2019-2020?

A: All admission criteria remains the same. The application process to apply is different; Seattle Pacific University is processing nursing program applications through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing. There is a $50 application fee. 

Q: Where do I find the course equivalency guide for courses taken outside of SPU?

A: To see whether coursework from your college or university will transfer to SPU, view the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide.

Nursing-specific lists:

Q: What if my prerequisite grade point average for the nursing prerequisite courses is lower than 2.85 (SPU) or 3.5 (Transfer) according to the prerequisite calculator?

A: If your prerequisite GPA is below 2.85, you are not eligible to apply. While a 2.85 minimum GPA is acceptable for application a more competitive GPA is 3.0 or above. Attainment of the higher GPA neither implies nor guarantees admission to the program.  If you are a transfer student, you must have a 3.5 or higher GPA in the nursing prerequisite courses at the time you apply.

Q. How many letters of recommendation do I need?

A: one professional recommendation is required of applicants. Additional information will be available on the application. 

Q: Is an essay required?

A: No, but there is a place on the application to list additional information (such as previous degrees, honors, awards, special experiences, or competency in a language other than English) that you believe is pertinent to your application to the nursing program. For those selected for an interview, there will be a writing prompt as part of the interview process.

Q: How can I make myself a better candidate for admission?

A: Here are some things you can do:

  • Get involved in your community. Volunteer, work, or leadership experience is highly recommended.
  • Successfully complete the nursing prerequisite courses.  Applicants who have completed all or the majority of the prerequisite courses at the time of application are considered more competitive.
  • Your professional recommendation should be from someone who can speak well to your professional capabilities.

Q: Which is more valuable: volunteer or work experience?

A: Volunteer and work experience are equally valuable.

Q: Does my volunteer or work experience have to be in health care?

A: No.

Q: Do I need certified nursing assistant certification before I apply?

A: No. Having a CNA gives you the benefit of understanding some of the basic physical care that is involved in nursing. Likewise, working as a nursing assistant will give you valuable work experience. However, this is not required for admission to our program..

Q: I took AP courses in high school. Will these courses count for prerequisite courses?

A: Contact Staff in Undergraduate Admissions for any questions regarding AP course equivalency. Note, an AP score, if used for a Nursing prerequisite course, will count as having completed the course, but no grade will be used for the prerequisite calculator; therefore, it will not add to or subtract from your prerequisite GPA. 

Q. Are there cost and fees in addition to tuition?

A: Yes, see Additional Undergraduate Student Fees for a list of additional nursing program costs. Fees subject to change year to year. 

Professor talking with a student

Talk to Us!

Get answers to your questions about undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs.

Giselle Tayal

Giselle Tayal’s Story

“When I was a child, I spent most of my days in and out of the hospital being sick with malaria. My mother received basic training from the Red Cross that taught her how to care for my siblings and me when we were sick. Her care, combined with that of medical personnel, set an example and inspired me to pursue a career in nursing.”

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.”