Admission Questions and Answers - FAQ's

Q:  When is the nursing application due?

A:  January 15 by 4pm.  If the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application must be received by 4pm the Friday before.  Transfer student applications to SPU are also due January 15 by 4pm in the Office of Admissions if applying for direct transfer into the nursing program.


Q: I applied last year, what is new for 2016?

A:  SPU students (having completed a course at SPU in the last four quarters) will apply through Banner. The application and supplemental materials (background disclosure, recommendation form, prerequisite calculator, prerequisite details, work and volunteer hours) must be submitted to the School of Health Sciences by January 15, 2016.  If you have been away from SPU for over a year or are a transfer student reapplying, you must re-activate your admission with the university. Interviews will include both a writing prompt and math calculation assessment.


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 from a university, you will need to have at least 90 transferrable credits by June 2016. 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:  The guide is helpful in checking to see if coursework from your college or university will transfer to SPU.   Here is a link to the site: Transfer Course Equivalency Guide.

Nursing Specific lists:

Greater Seattle Area Community Colleges Nursing Equivalency Guide

UW and WSU Nursing Equivalency Guide

Eastern WA Equivalency Guide


Q:  Do I need to complete all 9 prerequisite courses before I apply?

A:  No.  Acceptance into the nursing program is contingent on completion of the prerequisite courses by the end of the Spring Quarter of the year prior to beginning the 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 2.75 according to the prerequisite calculator?

A:  If your prerequisite GPA is below 2.75 you are not eligible to apply.  The preferred GPA in these courses 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 standards does not guarantee admission to the nursing major, 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.

Q.  How many courses do I need to take at SPU to be considered an SPU student?

A:  Once you have completed 1 course at SPU you are considered an SPU student if currently enrolled.  Please note that preference is given to students who have completed more credits at SPU.  You need to take coursework autumn quarter 2015 or prior to be considered an SPU student for 2016 admission. 


SPU post-baccalaureate and former SPU student applicants not currently enrolled must have at least 18 credits to be considered an SPU student.  You will need to apply to SPU and to the nursing program.  If you fit into this category, the 2.75 minimum GPA applies for the nursing application.


Q:  How many letters of recommendation do I need?

A:  One professional recommendation letter is required of applicants to the pre-licensure nursing program.  You may find a link to the required recommendation form on the Undergraduate Nursing Program website.  The recommendation must be in the original sealed envelope from recommender when received by the school and must be on the form provided.


Q: Is there an essay?

A:  No.  However, there is a place on the application to list additional information, for example, previous degrees, honors, awards, special experiences, competency in a language other than English, that you believe is pertinent to your application to nursing.  For those selected for an interview, there will be a writing prompt and math calculation assessment as part of the interview process.


Q:  How can I make myself a better candidate for admission?

A:  Get involved in your community.  Volunteer, work, or leadership experience is highly recommended.

  • Successfully complete the nursing prerequisite courses.  The GPA calculator is required as part of the nursing application and will only reflect the grades in the nursing prerequisite Courses.  SPU students are required to have a minimum 2.75 GPA in the nursing prerequisite courses; however the competitive applicant will generally have at least a 3.0.  Transfer students are required to have a minimum 3.50 GPA for the nursing prerequisite courses.
  • Your professional recommendation should be from someone who can really speak 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 healthcare?

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 would I hear if 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 the SPU Undergraduate Catalog under School of Health Sciences for further details regarding nursing costs and fees.  Choose Costs and Financial Aid, then Tuition and Fees where you will find a list of additional fees for nursing.


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

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