These are exciting times to be a nurse. In the changing landscape of healthcare reform, nurses will play a critical role in leading and shaping positive change through a focus on overall health and wellness.


That’s part of the reason why I’m excited to serve as dean of the School of Health Sciences at SPU. After years in practice and healthcare leadership, I find it a great privilege to be a part of this special community. Our outstanding faculty members are wholly committed to excellence in education, clinical practice, and scholarship.

You’ll discover something unique here, as well, in nursing programs set apart by the integration of a strong foundation in Christian faith and values. Since 1936, thousands of our nursing graduates have carried these values to their practices throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the world. What’s more, a robust academic atmosphere and relationship-centered learning and practice help our students become exceptional practitioners who provide compassionate, evidence-based clinical care. SPU graduates naturally emerge as leaders in our profession.


With this in mind, we have much to offer you through our nationally accredited programs:

  • pre-licensure bachelor of science in nursing (BSN)
  • RN-to-BSN program for practicing nurses
  • master of science in nursing (MSN) and post-master’s certification --
    • Clinical Leadership in Practice
      • Nurse Educator specialization available
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Nurse Practitioner


What’s your next step? If you have a passion for learning and a desire to integrate faith, practice, and scholarship to make a difference in the lives of others, we invite you to explore the School of Health Sciences and the Lydia Green Nursing Programs at SPU.

Lorie Wild, PhD, RN, NEA-BC


News and Events

The Challenge to Give

Donate to one of SHS's priority funds to help us meet our matching gift of $20,000:


#115711 Dean’s Giving Circle

#115744 Emergency Fund

#115728 Skills Lab

Donations can be made securely online or by calling 206-281-2063. Be sure to designate one of the priority funds listed above to make the most of our matching gift.


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Nurse Legislative Day

Dr. Mo West visited the capitol on February 24th as part of this year's Nurse Legislative Day coordinated by WSNA with a group of MSN students. Mo West encouraged the students to attend as part of the Health Policy course. The morning consisted of information sessions hosted by WSNA related to current legislation impacting nurses and nursing practice in Washington State. That afternoon the group traveled to the state capitol and visited with their respective legislators. The group was able to meet with representatives Jessyn Farrell and Gerry Pollett, from the 46th district (includes Seattle) to advocate for policy change related to the Toxic Free Kids and Families Act, Patient Safety Reform, and adequately addressing the nurse faculty shortage. 


In addition the group was able to meet with Hunter Goodman, the Secretary of the Senate, thanks to Megan Gillespie who has connections in the capitol. Goodman gave a tour of the Senate Chamber (location of the picture) including an overview of how the Senate runs. 



From left to right: Hunter Goodman (Secretary of the Senate), ​Megan Gillespie (MSN student), Maureen West (Faculty), Emily Kelly (MSN student and Adjunct Faculty for UG program), Yanqun Bu (MSN student), and Kimberly Barcus (MSN Student). Christine Couch (MSN student) also attended the event, but is not present in this picture.


Photo courtesy of the official Senate photographer

NEW RN to MSN track for associate degree nurses!

Seattle Pacific University now offers practicing registered nurses prepared at the associate degree level the opportunity to accelerate their education and progress seamlessly to complete a master’s degree in nursing. This program allows students to expand their careers by developing advanced leadership and care management skills.

News and Updates

Learn more about the School of Health Sciences "Growing Our Own" and where our alumni are now in the latest edition of Nursing Praxis.