Undergraduate Prelicensure Nursing Program

Admission Requirements

Have you been Admitted to SPU and have an interest in studying nursing?  See the information page for Admitted Student Resources.

Summer Visit Days: 

An opportunity for prospective students and guests to visit campus during the summer. SPU Admissions will be offering a campus tour, an information session and student/staff/faculty panel.  Register


For more information, or if you have questions about applying to the nursing program, contact nursbacc@spu.edu.


Information Sessions:  Fridays 1:00pm to 2:00pm in Marston 337

For students interested in meeting with nursing faculty to answer your questions about the undergraduate nursing program and application process. Call the school of Health Sciences 206-281-2233 to sign up:

  •    October 9 
  •    October 16
  •    October 23


Applying to the Prelicensure Nursing Program:

The following is a description of a typical student strongly considered for admission to the nursing program:

  •    Prerequisite course GPA around 3.5 or higher
  •    Excellent employer or other professional reference
  •    Health care related work or volunteer experience
  •    Clear communication in written work
  •    Non-SPU students (transfer) have completed an associate degree or a bachelor degree or will  complete the degree prior to starting the nursing program





View last year's Nursing Application  We admit students once per year for the two year nursing program.  New applications are available by Nov. 1.


Application Instructions:

Students typically apply to the nursing program during the sophomore year and begin the clinical nursing program in the fall of the junior year. However, students may apply at a later point, even

after completing a degree in another major. Applications will be available by November 1.


In order to be considered for admission, you must be available for an on-campus interview Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.  Final review letters will be mailed by the first week of April. 


In order to be considered for entry into the nursing major, completed application materials are submitted to the School of Health Sciences or the Office of Admissions (transfer students) and must include:

  • An application to the SHS Lydia Green Nursing Program
  • A professional recommendation (sealed)
  • Official transcripts (sealed) for prerequisite coursework other than SPU's
  • Course descriptions for each prerequisite course taken other than at SPU (if not listed on Transfer Equivalency Guide)
  • Prerequisite calculator page printed and submitted with SHS application (see Prerequisite Courses and Calculator below)
  • Background Disclosure form (must be completed and signed)
  • Work and volunteer hours
  • Non-SPU transfer and post-baccalaureate transfer students must also submit an SPU application to Undergraduate Admissions.  

Nursing applications are reviewed by the School of Health Sciences Nursing Admission Committee. Completeness of the application packet is the responsibility of the applicant. Only complete applications will be reviewed.  All application materials may be submitted together in one envelope.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance status by letter.  Further information about orientation and enrollment into the nursing program will follow full acceptance into the program before the school year begins.  Attainment of the required prerequisite GPA does not guarantee admission to the major, as the total number of admissions are limited by capacity.


Nursing is an exciting profession that affords practitioners many opportunities.  Nursing at SPU is challenging, rewarding, and fun. We look forward to receiving your application.


Transfer applicants:  Completed coursework at another school?

You will need to apply to Seattle Pacific University and the Lydia Green Nursing Program.  If you have not taken coursework at SPU (transfer applicant), it is important to have either a direct transfer degree, bachelor degree or complete 90 transferrable credits by the end of June prior to the beginning of the nursing program.   For a preview of a typical SPU nursing course sequence, take a look at the curriculum plan on our Program of Study web page.  All transfer work must be directly transferable to the equivalent SPU course or listed in the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide as acceptable for Nursing.  If you have questions about transferring credits, please contact a transfer admissions counselor to assist you. After applying to the nursing program, if you complete coursework at institutions other than SPU, please send official transcripts to both the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the School of Health Sciences Undergraduate Nursing Program. 


Current SPU students

You must have been enrolled in SPU Autumn 2015 or the 2014-15 school year in order to be considered a current SPU student.  However, former students (and SPU degree holders) will be reviewed with a GPA of 2.75 or above rather than the 3.5 GPA requirement of transfer students.  A suggested curriculum plan for Freshmen through Senior is available for aid in planning your coursework.

Prerequisite Courses and Calculator


Coursework for the nursing major begins Autumn Quarter of the junior year.  It is strongly recommended that all other general education coursework necessary for the bachelor of science degree be completed prior to beginning the nursing program. In order to begin the program, the following prerequisite college-level courses must be completed (all science courses must include a lab):

  • General (Inorganic) Chemistry (CHM 1310 or 1211*)
  • Biological (Organic) Chemistry (CHM 1360 or 1330*)
  • Anatomy (BIO 2129)
  • Physiology (BIO 2130)
  • General Microbiology (BIO 3351)
  • General Psychology (PSY 1180)
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY 2470)
  • Human Nutrition (FCS 3340)
  • Statistics (MAT 1360)

At least four prerequisite courses must be completed at the time of application and all prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of Spring Quarter of the year prior to beginning nursing courses.  The preferred GPA overall in these prerequisite courses for SPU students is 3.0 or above (2.75 minimum) with no course less than a “C” grade (anything less than 2.0 is not acceptable). Attainment of the preferred GPA does not guarantee admission to a major, as the total number of admissions may be limited by capacity. 

Transfer students (no coursework at SPU) must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courses. Applicants must submit the Prerequisite GPA Calculator with the Nursing Application.  Here is an Excel version of the calculator if you are having trouble with the PDF.

Mid-program Nursing:

If you have recently completed at least one quarter or semester of clinical nursing coursework (not just prerequisites) at another institution (baccalaureate level), you may be eligible for Mid-Program entry if we have space available in the nursing program.  Complete the Mid-program Nursing Application along with your application to the university as a transfer student.  If you have not completed a quarter or more of nursing coursework, you should complete the Application for Undergraduate Nursing.


Mid-program entry will be conditional upon space available, in addition to SPU application and admission requirements.  Mid-nursing program transfer students may wish to contact the SHS office for an appointment with a nursing faculty member/advisor at 206-281-2233 or 1-800-899-1769.