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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.

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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. 

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