The bachelor of science degree with a major in Nursing is an upper-division major that builds on the SPU liberal arts foundation, and prepares you to assume entry-level practice and leadership roles in a variety of acute care and community settings.

Seattle Pacific is known for developing students of competence and character, as well as delivering robust academics and relationship-centered learning grounded in Christian faith and values. BSN graduates of Seattle Pacific University are among today’s most sought-after practitioners, expertly prepared to meet the challenges of their fields and serve their communities. 

Here, you’ll find faculty members who are committed to preparing you for success in the professional community. This means that personal, individual attention will be a significant part of your academic experience. What’s more, SPU faculty members bring real-world experience to your program, making coursework stimulating and clinically relevant.

SPU’s Nursing major offers a rigorous program of study, with a curriculum that will challenge you to strive for excellence in the classroom and clinical settings. The program:

  • Emphasizes both health promotion and illness care
  • Fosters the development of critical thinking, ethical thought and action, judgment, collaboration, and caring
  • Integrates the Christian faith with scientific knowledge and clinical expertise
  • Works with patients as whole beings, considering their mind, body, spirit, and surrounding environment
  • Seeks to graduate people of competence, character, and caring

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Most undergraduate students entering Seattle Pacific University follow the standard general education curriculum to complete their undergraduate degrees. Requirements include completion of Foreign Language Competency, Common, and Exploratory requirements. Refer to your graduation checklist to ensure that you’re taking the required courses and credits you need to earn your degree in a timely manner.

Nursing Program Mission and Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Generalist: Integrate concepts of liberal arts and sciences to promote wellbeing and manage complex nursing care, incorporating sound clinical judgement through nurse generalist practice. 
  2. Healthcare Leader: Employ leadership principles, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement strategies to influence health policy and regulations for provision of safe and quality care across the lifespan. 
  3. Health Information Manager: Use patient care technologies and manage clinical information to deliver safe, effective, and quality care in a variety of settings across diverse populations. 
  4. Collaborator: Collaborate in the management, coordination, and delivery of interprofessional care for diverse individuals, families, and communities. 
  5. Professional: Demonstrate professional behaviors that reflect values consistent with lifelong learning, spiritual awareness, cultural humility, and ethical standards. 
Find out about this program's Mission in the Undergraduate Catalog.    

Nursing Practice Excellence

Annette Ventoza was awarded the Washington State March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award for Nursing Practice Excellence. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2018 from the Lydia Green Nursing Program at SPU.  

Annette is a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse whose passion for caring for neonates drives her to continually find ways to improve patient safety, quality of care and ensure the highest standard of care is being provided. She holds many leadership roles at Valley Medical Center to further support the educational needs of her unit. 

COVID-19 Best Practices

While SPU does grant medical and religious medical exemptions for the general population of students, the nursing program does require the most recent COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.

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Undergraduate nursing student in class

Course Offerings

See list of required courses for undergraduate nursing students.