Undergraduate Prelicensure Nursing Program

Program of Study

SPU’s School of Health Sciences offers a rigorous program of study, with a curriculum that challenges students to strive for excellence in the classroom and clinical settings.


To stay on the cutting edge of nursing education and the nursing profession, SHS


  • Invites professionals from the community to serve as guest lecturers, student mentors, and consultants
  • Employs a state-of-the-art nursing skills lab to ensure students are technologically prepared
  • Emphasizes theory combined with clinical practice
  • Requires SPU nursing students to spend 1,000 hours in hands-on clinical practice in a broad range of venues throughout the metropolitan Seattle area.

Coursework and Suggested Course Sequence


For an overview of nursing courses, visit our course descriptions section in the SPU catalog.

To review suggested course sequences, check out the following curriculum patterns:


 

Clinical Practice (Internships)

SPU’s nursing program is intensively hands-on. Students begin clinical practice during the first quarter of the nursing program and continue every quarter until they graduate. In the final quarter of the senior year, students enter the “real world” by spending 24 hours per week in clinical: two days in acute care practice and one day engaged in a significant community project.


Clinical rotations are varied and provide students with a wide array of experiences. Examples of partnering locations where students do rotations include


Clinical Health Rotations

  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Harborview Medical Center
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Swedish Medical Center
  • Seattle/King County Health Department
  • Seattle Public Schools
  • Visiting Nurse Services

Curricular Goals

Upon completion of the nursing curriculum at SPU, the graduates will demonstrate proficiency in


  • Critical thinking, which underlies independent and interdependent decision-making
  • Communication through a variety of methods, including oral, written, non-verbal, and technological
  • Assessment, or the ability to gather information about the health status of a client or community, analyze the data, make judgments about nursing interventions, and evaluate outcomes
  • Nursing and technical skills required for the delivery of nursing care and the teaching, delegating, and supervising of skilled tasks by others
  • Professional behaviors and an integration of faith, spiritual values, and ethics in nursing practice