SPU’s Nursing major offers a rigorous program of study, with a curriculum that will challenge you to strive for excellence in the classroom and clinical settings. The program:
- Emphasizes both health promotion and illness care
- Fosters the development of critical thinking, ethical thought and action, judgment, collaboration, and caring
- Integrates the Christian faith with scientific knowledge and clinical expertise
- Works with patients as whole beings, considering their mind, body, spirit, and surrounding environment
- Seeks to graduate people of competence, character, and caring
The bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Seattle Pacific University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
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Direct admission to the major for high school seniors
If you are a high school senior with an excellent GPA and strong SAT or ACT scores, and you apply by the November 15 early action deadline, declaring Nursing as an intended major on your application, you may be considered for provisional freshman admission to the Nursing program. You will be held to the same academic standards as other students who apply to the program later. (You must receive a minimum 2.0 GPA in each prerequisite course and a minimum 2.75 GPA in the combined prerequisite courses.) The decision is based on your application to SPU. Provisional freshman admission to the major is limited and competitive. Contact SPU Undergraduate Admissions for further information.
Before Coming to SPU
It is an important part of our selection process to select students who will be ready to graduate immediately at the end of the two year program. In order to graduate from SPU you must demonstrate foreign language competency in one of the following ways:
Freshmen and pre-nursing students
Welcome to SPU and the School of Health Sciences! In your first quarter, you will be enrolled in the University Common Curriculum courses. Through shared experiences in a committed community of learners, these courses, along with weekly chapel, lectures, concerts, and community events, will form the foundation of your SPU experience. We believe the formation of Christian character, as evidenced by the heart, mind, and action, is a cornerstone of your education and leads to qualities seen in exceptional nurses.
You will complete the prerequisites for nursing during your first two years, along with core University requirements. Apply during your sophomore year for admission in Autumn Quarter of your junior year into the upper division bachelor of science Undergraduate Prelicensure Nursing program. A recommended course sequence and current time schedule are available, in addition to the undergraduate course catalog for the year of your entry into SPU. Also, you may wish to review the information on the Apply to Nursing page. Although there may be changes from year to year, a quick review will help you know what to expect when it is time to apply.
Coursework and suggested course sequence
For an overview of nursing courses, visit the course descriptions section in the SPU catalog.
To see suggested course sequences, review the following curriculum patterns:
SPU Nursing students partner with older adults for learning and friendship. Read the article.
Nursing Program Mission and Learning Outcomes
Find out about this program's Mission and Learning Outcomes in the Undergraduate Catalog.