Graduate Program

Entry Points

With entry options for associates degree, bachelors, and masters degree prepared nurses, there is a program at SPU for every nurse.   

 

Program Associate Degree in Nursing Entry Non-nursing Baccalaureate Entry Baccalaureate in Nursing Entry Masters in Nursing Entry
Clinical Leadership in Practice MSN * * *
Clinical Nurse Specialist MSN *
Nurse Practitioner MSN *

Nurse Educator Certificate

* *
Nurse Practitioner Certificate *

 

Diagram of Graduate Nursing Entry Options (72 KB PDF)

 

Admission Requirements

The School of Health Sciences offers a MSN degree and two Certificate Programs. Each pathway has specific admission requirements and is described below.

MSN Program

Clinical Leadership in Practice and Nurse Educator Pathways

 

a) An associate or a baccalaureate degree (in nursing or a related field). Baccalaureate degree holders in a field other than nursing may be required to complete additional coursework (pending approved transfer of credits).


b) At the time of the due date for application submission, qualified applicants must be able to document a minimum of 18 months active RN experience*.


c) The following prerequisite coursework is required with a cumulative GPA at minimum 3.0 and a minimum of 2.0 in any pre-requisite course:

• Statistics
• English Composition
• Anatomy & Physiology
• Microbiology
• Lifespan Psychology
• Chemistry

NOTE: if the student has transcripted courses in Arts and Humanities, these courses will be reviewed for potential substitution for courses included in the SPU curriculum


d) Active, unencumbered Washington State RN License

 

Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner Pathways

a) A baccalaureate degree in nursing.


b) At the time of the due date for application submission, qualified applicants must be able to document a minimum of 24 months active RN experience*. The SHS Graduate Program defines active nursing practice to include those activities that require RN licensure, employment, and utilize the nursing process to deliver or direct care.


c) Satisfactory completion of a 5 quarter credit statistics course with a grade of 2.0 or better


d) Active, unencumbered Washington State RN License

 

Certificate Programs

Nurse Educator Certificate Program


a) A baccalaureate degree in nursing or a masters or doctoral degree in nursing.


b) At the time of the due date for application submission, qualified applicants must be able to document a minimum of 18 months active RN experience*.


c) Active, unencumbered Washington State RN License

Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program


a) A masters or doctoral degree in nursing.


b) At the time of the due date for application submission, qualified applicants must be able to document a minimum of 24 months active RN experience*.


c) Satisfactory completion of a 5 quarter credit statistics course with a grade of 2.0 or better


d) Active, unencumbered Washington State RN License

 

Note Regarding Work Experience

*The SHS Graduate Program defines active nursing practice to include those activities that require RN licensure, employment, and utilize the nursing process to deliver or direct care.


CNS applicants must demonstrate a population focus or specialty practice in their active clinical practice. Please refer to the American Nurse Credentialing Center for CNS national certification specialties.


• It is preferred that FNP applicants demonstrate nursing experience as a licensed RN in the care of patients across the lifespan (pediatric and adult populations).


• It is preferred that AGNP applicants demonstrate nursing experience as a licensed RN in the care of adult populations.

 

Application Procedure

Applicants who meet minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission. Completed applications are screened and reviewed by the Graduate Center and the Graduate Admissions Committee. The Graduate Admissions Committee consists of members of the Graduate Studies and Post Graduate Studies Committee (GPSC) and other key SHS faculty.

Applications due January 15, 5:00PM

Deadlines have been extended for Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Leadership in Practice, and Nurse Educator pathways.  Contact Beth Van Camp for more information.

a. Application Fee: $50


b. Official Transcript(s)


c. Recommendation Letters – Professional (2) One must be from a current manager, supervisor or direct report.


d. Personal Reflection Statement– Prompt is found in the Application


e. Resume and cover letter


The SPU Graduate Center will confirm your active, unencumbered RN license.

 

It is recommended that you begin the process by submitting an application, although you may send other admissions documents at any time. It is also recommended that you talk with the SPU Graduate Center early in the application process in order to ensure a smooth transition into the program.

 

Send all application materials to:

The Graduate Center

Seattle Pacific University

3307 3rd Ave W Suite 111

Seattle, WA 98119-1922