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: SPU student applications are due Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
Transfer student and Post baccalaureate applications are due April 16, 2018.

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

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

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 on the form provided with the application, is required of applicants to the prelicensure Nursing program. 

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: 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: 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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