School of Health Sciences

A male nursing graduate students examines a patient's eyes.
At SPU, you’ll find nursing programs that are considered among the best in the region, with faculty members who are clinical experts and devoted to teaching. 

At a time of unprecedented change and challenges in health care, it is increasingly important that nurses provide the vision, talent, and leadership necessary to serve individuals, groups, and communities.

The Graduate Nursing Program at Seattle Pacific University prepares you to advance clinical care and expand your career opportunities within a specialty concentration of your choice.  Our program focuses on using current theory and evidence-based practice to improve the quality and safety of care. The School of Health Sciences (SHS) is committed to robust academics within a relationship-centered learning environment.  

SPU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program integrates content delineated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in its publication, The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, to provide quality scholarship for all graduate nursing students.

Graduate nursing Program

Professional Licensure Disclosure

SPU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Washington. Each state has different professional licensure requirements. Eligibility for licensure may involve more than degree completion and may include professional examinations, background checks, and fingerprinting. The requirements for licensure can change without notice.

The state professional licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether or not an individual will be eligible for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure. Find information here about certification/licensure in the state where you intend to practice.