Admission FAQs

Do you have questions about how to apply for SPU’s Nursing program, how much it will cost, what will make you a competitive applicant, and more? Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Nursing major.

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Q: When is the nursing application due?

A: Applications are due this year on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Transfer student applications to SPU are also due January 16 by 4 p.m. in the Office of Admissions if applying for direct transfer into the Nursing program. SPU and Transfer Nursing applications and instructions will be available in October.

Q: I applied last year; what’s new for 2018?

A: Overall GPA in the nine prerequisite courses must be 2.85 with no one course less than 2.0 and no more than two repeated prerequisites due to a grade of less than 2.0.

Q: Can I apply to the Nursing program if I have never taken classes at SPU?

A: Yes. Transfer students must have a nursing prerequisite course GPA of 3.5 or higher to be eligible to apply. Please apply to the University with the Common Application, as well as to the Nursing program. We recommend that students who have never taken classes at SPU complete an Associate Degree (DTA) prior to application to the Nursing program. If you are transferring from a university, you will need to have at least 90 transferable credits by June 2018. If you have questions about transferring credits, please contact a transfer admissions counselor to assist you. A small number of transfer applicants will be offered admission to the Nursing program.

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: Do I need to complete all nine prerequisite courses before I apply?

A: No, acceptance into the Nursing program is contingent on completion of the prerequisite courses by the end of Spring Quarter of the year prior to beginning nursing courses. Four prerequisite courses must be completed by the time of application.

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. The preferred GPA in these courses is 3.0 or above (2.85 minimum) with no course less than a “C” grade (anything less than 2.0 is not acceptable). Attainment of the preferred GPA standards does not guarantee admission to the Nursing major, however, as the total number of admissions may be limited by capacity. 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 courses do I need to take at SPU to be considered an SPU student?

A: Once you have completed one course at SPU, you are considered an SPU student if you are currently enrolled. Please note that admission preference is given to students who have completed more credits at SPU. You need to take coursework at SPU during Autumn Quarter 2017 or prior to be considered an SPU student for 2018 admission.

Q: How many letters of recommendation do I need?

A: One professional recommendation letter is required of applicants to the prelicensure Nursing program. The recommendation must be in the original, sealed envelope from the recommender when received by the school, and it must be on the official form.

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.
  • 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 nursing assistant certification 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: AP courses are acceptable only if those courses are accepted by the University as equivalent to the specific prerequisite courses required for admission to our program. Staff in Undergraduate Admissions can assist you with this process. An AP score, if used for a 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: When do I hear whether I am admitted?

A: We strive to notify all applicants before Spring Quarter begins in early April.

Q: How much does nursing school cost other than tuition?

A: See 2017-18 Additional Undergraduate Student Fees for a list of additional costs for nursing students.

Q: Should I keep my books from my prerequisite courses?

A: Current and former students have found the textbooks from nursing prerequisite courses helpful in the Nursing program.

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