Undergraduate Pre-licensure Nursing Program

Admission Requirements


Have you been admitted to SPU and have an interest in studying nursing?  See the information page for Admitted Student Resources.

Nursing Information Sessions:

Sign up for an information session by calling the School of Health Sciences 206-281-2233.  These are held in conjunction with SPU Friday tours of campus.  Information sessions are held on Fridays at 1:00pm

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Applying to the Pre-licensure Nursing Program:

The following is a description of a typical student strongly considered for admission
to the nursing program:

 

   Prerequisite course GPA around 3.5 or higher

   Excellent employer or other professional reference

   Work or volunteer experience (healthcare or other)

   Clear communication in written work

   Strong quantitative skills (math calculations)

 
   Non-SPU students (transfer) have completed an associate degree or a bachelor degree or will  complete the degree prior to starting the nursing program.

 

If you are a current SPU student and want to change to a nursing advisor, email sasinfo@spu.edu and explain your desire to change to the nursing major and need for a nursing advisor.

 

For questions specific to the nursing application, SPU, transfer and postbacc applicants may contact nursbacc@spu.edu for answers to your questions.  Due to high volume at this time, it may take a few days for a response.

 

Application Instructions:

Students typically apply to the nursing major during the sophomore year and begin the clinical nursing program in the fall of the junior year. However, students may apply at a later point, even after completing a degree in another major. For printable application instructions, click here.

 

In order to be considered for admission, you must be available for an on-campus interview in late February. Nursing applications are reviewed by the School of Health Sciences Nursing Admission Committee. Completeness of the application packet is the responsibility of the applicant. Only complete applications will be reviewed.  All application materials may be submitted together in one envelope. All documents must be received no later than January 15, 2017 by 4:30pm.  If the application due date falls on a weekend, your application must be submitted by 4:30 pm the Friday prior to the 15th.  Acceptance is contingent upon completion of the prerequisite courses by the end of spring quarter, June 2017.  All applicants will be notified of acceptance status in writing. Further information about orientation and enrollment into the nursing program will follow full acceptance into the program before the school year begins.  Attainment of the required prerequisite GPA does not guarantee admission to the major, as the total number of admissions are limited by capacity.

 

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.

 

Transfer applicants:  Completed coursework at another school

Transfer and postbacc nursing applications will be submitted in paper form to the SPU Admissions Department along with your online application to the university and supplemental materials.  Supplemental materials can be sent with the nursing application.  You will be notified of your application status by early April after the nursing admissions committee has reviewed your application. 

 

To be considered a post-baccalaureate student, you must have a bechelor degree from a college or university.  Foreign transcripts must be reviewed and approved by the SPU Admissions Department.  You will apply to SPU using the Common Application.  Follow the instructions for post-baccalaureate students and indicate your academic interest in nursing on the application. 

 

 If you are a transfer student, it is important to have either a direct transfer AA degree, or 90 transferrable credits by June 2017.  You will apply to SPU using the Common Application.  Follow the instructions fo transfer applicants and indicate your academic interest in nursing.  If you have questions about transferring credits, please contact a transfer admissions counselor to assist you.  It is strongly recommended that all other general education course work necessary to complete the BS degree be completed prior to beginning the nursing program.  Transfer students planning to complete an associate degree must complete the degree prior to starting the nursing program.

Nursing Application Draft for Review Transfer and Post-Baccalaureate Students

You will need to apply to Seattle Pacific University and the Lydia Green Nursing Program.  For a preview of a typical SPU nursing course sequence, take a look at the curriculum plan on our Program of Study web page.  All transfer work must be directly transferable to the equivalent SPU course or listed in the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide as acceptable for Nursing.  If you have questions about transferring credits, please contact an SPU transfer admissions counselor to assist you.  If you have coursework from UW, WSU, Eastern or Greater Seatlle Community Colleges, you can find a list of nursing prerequisite transferrable courses here.  After applying to the nursing program, if you complete coursework at institutions other than SPU, please send official transcripts to both the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the School of Health Sciences Undergraduate Nursing Program.  Transfer students (including post-bacc) must have a GPA of 3.5 or above in the combined prerequisites.  Four prerequisite courses must be successfully completed (with a 2.0 minimum in any one prerequisite course) by the application due date, and all 9 must be successfully completed by the end of spring quarter 2017. 

In order to be considered for entry into the nursing major, completed application materials are submitted to the School of Health Sciences (SPU students) or the Office of Admissions (transfer students) and must include:

  • An application to the SHS Lydia Green Nursing Program
  • A professional recommendation (sealed)
  • Official transcripts (sealed) for prerequisite coursework other than SPU's
  • Course descriptions for each prerequisite course taken other than at SPU (if not listed on Transfer Equivalency Guide)
  • Prerequisite calculator page printed and submitted with SHS application (see Prerequisite Courses and Calculator below)
  • Background Disclosure form (must be completed and signed)
  • Work and volunteer hours
  • Non-SPU transfer and post-baccalaureate transfer students must also submit an SPU application to Undergraduate Admissions. 

 

SPU applicants:  Read the Application Instructions above in addition to this information.

Current SPU students (having completed a course at SPU in the last four quarters) must apply online in BANNER.  We will access your coursework through the Banner system.  However, there are additional documents to submit between November 1 and the January 15 deadline, available here:

You must have completed coursework at SPU Autumn 2016 or during the 2015-16 school year in order to be considered a current SPU student.  However, SPU degree holders will be reviewed with a GPA of 2.75 or above rather than the 3.5 GPA requirement of transfer students.  SPU degree holders must re-apply to the university and use the Nursing Application for Transfer and Post-baccalaureate applicants.  You will not need to submit an SPU transript, but be sure to indicate your SPU coursework on the first page of the application. 

SPU Students will be notified of admission, waitlist or denied in writing from the School of Health Sciences.  

Prerequisite Courses and Calculator

Coursework for the nursing major begins Autumn Quarter of the junior year.  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 (all science courses must include a lab):

  • General (Inorganic) Chemistry (CHM 1310 or 1211)
  • Biological (Organic) Chemistry (CHM 1360 or 1330)
  • Anatomy (BIO 2129)
  • Physiology (BIO 2130)
  • General Microbiology (BIO 3351)
  • General Psychology (PSY 1180)
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY 2470)
  • Human Nutrition (FCS 3340)
  • Statistics (MAT 1360)

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. 

Applicants must submit the Prerequisite GPA Calculator with the Nursing Application.  Here is an Excel version of the calculator if you are having trouble with the PDF.

 

SPU students The minimum cumulative GPA in these prerequisite courses for SPU students is 2.75 with no course less than a “C” grade (anything less than 2.0 is not acceptable). Attainment of the minimum GPA does not guarantee admission to a major, as the total number of admissions is limited by capacity. 

 

Transfer students (no coursework at SPU) must have a minimum of 3.5 cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courseswith no course less than a “C” grade (anything less than 2.0 is not acceptable) at the time you apply and when all prerequisite courses are complete. Attainment of the minimum GPA does not guarantee admission to a major, as the total number of admissions is limited by capacity. 

Mid-program Nursing:

If you have recently completed at least one quarter or semester of clinical nursing coursework (not just prerequisites) at another institution (baccalaureate level), you may be eligible for Mid-Program entry if we have space available in the nursing program.  Complete the Mid-program Nursing Application along with your application to the university as a transfer student.  If you have not completed a quarter or more of nursing coursework, you should complete the Application for Undergraduate Nursing.

 

Mid-program entry will be conditional upon space available, in addition to SPU application and admission requirements.  Mid-nursing program transfer students may wish to contact the SHS office for an appointment with a nursing faculty member/advisor at 206-281-2233 or 1-800-899-1769.