Apply to the Nursing Program

A nursing career will challenge you to continually learn and build excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills while making a difference in people’s lives.  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.

Nursing students in a nursing skills lab


Admission to the Lydia Green Nursing Program at SPU is highly competitive. Our most successful applicants demonstrate strong academic performance, excellent professional references, work or volunteer experience, strong communication and quantitative skills, and professionalism.

Your application to SPU includes a written application, references, and an in person interview.  Please plan to be available for an on-campus interview in late February. Interview dates and times will be confirmed by email two weeks beforehand.

  • Applications for Autumn 2017 entry must be received by 4 p.m. on January 13, 2017.  You are encouraged to apply early. 
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Prerequisite courses

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:

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 prerequisite calculator will assist you in figuring out if you have a qualifying cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courses.

What type of applicant am I?

High school seniors may be considered for direct admission.

SPU students are currently enrolled at SPU or have been enrolled at SPU within the past four quarters.

Transfer students have not been enrolled at SPU for the past four quarters.

Post-baccalaureate students hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.

Have questions?

The School of Health Sciences offers Undergraduate Nursing Program Information Sessions each quarter, check our Events page for dates and times. 

Contact with questions about the nursing application. 

Lydia Green

Lydia Green

The late Lydia Flesher Green was a former missionary to China and longtime nursing administrator.

William Nguyen

William Nguyen’s Story

“The night before I was due to enlist in the Army Reserves, I came down with the shingles virus. What was mistaken for a bad rash quickly turned into a bacterial infection, which would render me immobile for two weeks. The hopes I had of becoming an explosive ordnance disposal technician quickly slipped away.”