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. 

The application cycle for Autumn 2020 and Winter 2021 is now closed.

Application for Nursing program admission to Autumn and Winter will be available mid-November through mid- January for entry into the nursing program in two cohorts. A second application cycle will take place for a Spring program entry in mid-August through mid-October. Each cohort will be comprised of 32 students.

BSN application and admission cycle

Cohort Start

Application Opens

Application Due

Interviews (By invitation) 

Decision Notification to applicant


Quarter Start

Spring 2021 

August 15, 2020

October 15, 2020 

Mid-November 2020 

December 2020 

January 2021 

March 2021 

Autumn 2021* 

Mid-November 2020

Mid-January 2021

March 2021

March 2021 

May 2021 

September 2021 

Winter 2022* 

Mid-November 2020

Mid-January 2021

March 2021

March 2021 

October 2021

January 2022

*Autumn & Winter Application cycle: Admitted Students will be placed by random assignment in either the Autumn or Winter quarter cohort and will be notified of cohort placement in the admittance letter. Applicants will be able to designate preference for Winter start through the NursingCAS application. Exact dates have not been determined yet for this application cycle but will be updated as soon as possible.

Application procedures

Seattle Pacific University is processing applications through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing. Visit to start application or log into your existing account. Visit the Add Program page to select SPU’s nursing program and complete the steps to fill out and submit your application. The application fee is $50. Many resources are available to help you complete your application, including the applicant help center. You can also contact NursingCAS support with questions.

Please note, applications are due on the designated date at 12:00am Eastern Time, which is 9:00pm Pacific Time.

Applicants who meet minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission. Completed applications are screened and reviewed by SPU Undergraduate Admissions and Nursing Program Undergraduate Admissions Committee. Nursing Program Undergraduate Admissions Committee consists of members of the Undergraduate Nursing Council (UNC) and other key School of Health Sciences faculty and staff.

Admission requirements

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:

You may download a Microsoft Excel version of the prerequisite calculator which will assist you in figuring out if you have a qualifying cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courses.

Note, an AP score, if used for a Nursing 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. Contact Staff in Undergraduate Admissions for any questions regarding AP course equivalency.

Final acceptance in the program is contingent on successful completion of the prerequisite courses by the end of Spring quarter for Autumn and Winter admit and by January 15 for Spring admit. All applicants must have achieved the minimum or higher prerequisite GPA at the time the application is submitted and when all prerequisite courses are complete.

Types of applicants

High school seniors Apply to SPU through the Common Application as a nursing intended student. High School seniors may be considered for direct pre-admission when applying to Seattle Pacific University.
SPU students are currently enrolled at SPU or have been enrolled at SPU within the past four quarters.
Transfer students are those who have completed college level courses after high school graduation, and have not completed coursework at SPU in the past four quarters.
Post-baccalaureate students hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.

Becoming a strong applicant

  • Get involved in your community. Volunteer, work, or leadership experience is highly recommended. Volunteer and work experience do not need to be in health care and are equally valuable.
  • Successfully complete the nursing prerequisite courses.  Applicants who have completed all or the majority of the prerequisite courses at the time of application are considered more competitive.
  • Your professional recommendation should be from someone who can speak well to your professional capabilities.
  • We do not require applicants to have a certified nursing assistant certification (CNA) to apply. Having a CNA 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. This is not required for admission to our program. 
  • We do not require applicants to take or report scores for the TEAS Examination.  

To learn more

Undergraduate Nursing Program Information Sessions are held each quarter, contact Undergraduate Admissions to visit campus

Contact with questions about the nursing application. 

 group of spu student nurses

BSN Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate for 2019-20 applicants was 58%.

Lydia Green

Lydia Green

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