Lydia Green Nursing Program

Program offered
  • Nursing (major)

The Lydia Green Nursing Program prepares graduates of competence, character, and wisdom to meet the health needs of a community by promoting wellness and providing illness care for its members.  

Seattle Pacific's nursing programs — undergraduate pre-licensure BSN and graduate MSN — are approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  

Find out more about this program’s mission, vision, and learning outcomes.

Nursing (BS)


The aim of the baccalaureate degree program is to foster the development of your self understanding, caring, collaboration, ethical thought and action, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and judgment — as well as integrating Christian faith with scientific knowledge and clinical expertise.

  • A minimum 125 credits are required for this major, including 80 upper-division credits.
  • You may complete all your coursework at SPU or you may transfer in your prerequisite, general education, and elective coursework from other institutions.
  • If you are a transfer student, you must complete a Direct Transfer Associate of Arts Degree or a Direct Transfer Pre-Nursing Degree (DTA) before your the transition to SPU.
  • You must complete the major requirements in effect when you are admitted to the major.
  • As an SPU baccalaureate graduate, you will be prepared to assume entry-level practice and leadership roles in a variety of health care settings. 
  • Upon satisfactory completion of the baccalaureate degree, you are eligible to take the national examination required for licensure as a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN).

Apply to the major 

If you are a currently enrolled SPU student, your preparation for entry into the Nursing major begins the first quarter of your freshman year focusing on completion of prerequisite courses. Students typically apply for the major early in the sophomore year. Nursing major applications are available beginning mid-October and typically due mid-January. 

  • Your application for admission to the major in Nursing must be received in the School of Health Sciences Lydia Green Nursing Program no later than the due date to be eligible for admission.
  • Application and recommendation forms are available by mid-October for program entry the following autumn.
  • You must complete four prerequisite courses by the application due date; you must complete all prerequisite courses by Spring Quarter of your application year.
  • The minimum GPA required to apply for current SPU students is 2.85 in the combined prerequisite courses, with no course less than a “C” grade (2.0) and no more than two repeated prerequisites due to a grade of less than 2.0.

Only complete applications will be reviewed. Select applicants will be notified if they are invited to attend a mandatory interview on campus.

Transfer and post-baccalaureate students

If you are a transfer or post-baccalaureate student, you must complete the following items and submit to Undergraduate Admissions. The forms must be received no later than the due date:

You must complete 90 transferable credits by June of your application year. Refer to the online Equivalency Guide to see if courses will transfer to the equivalent SPU prerequisite course.

If you have not been enrolled at SPU in the past four quarters, you must have a minimum 3.5 GPA in the combined prerequisites, with no course less than a “C” grade, to be eligible for consideration and no more than two repeated prerequisites due to a grade of less than 2.0.

Note: The primary focus of the Equivalency Guide is the Puget Sound region. But if courses are not listed in the equivalency guide, it does not necessarily mean they are not equivalent. The transcript evaluation process begins in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and is finalized in Student Academic Services.

Mid-program transfer

You are a mid-program transfer student if you have completed nursing coursework at another school and now seek admission into SPU’s Nursing program at any time other than the Autumn Quarter of your junior year. 

Please contact the School of Health Sciences regarding space available. All offers of admission are contingent on admission to SPU, nursing program requirements, and available space in the program.


Anatomy (5)

  • SPU Equivalent: BIO 2129 Human Anatomy and Physiology (5)

Physiology (5)

  • SPU Equivalent: BIO 2130 Human Anatomy and Physiology (5)

Microbiology (5)

  • SPU Equivalent:BIO 3351 General Microbiology (5)

Inorganic/General Chemistry (5)

  • SPU Equivalent: CHM 1211 General Chemistry (5) OR CHM 1310 (5)

Organic Biological Chemistry (5)

  • SPU Equivalent: CHM 1330 Organic and Biological Chemistry (5) OR CHM 1360 Survey of Biochemistry (5)

Note: All science courses listed above must include a lab.

General Psychology (5)

  • SPU Equivalent: PSY 1180 General Psychology (5)

Life Span Psychology (5)

  • SPU Equivalent: PSY 2470 Life Span Developmental Psychology (5)

Human Nutrition (5)

  • SPU Equivalent: FCS 3340 Human Nutrition (5) Preferred OR a lower-division Human Nutrition course (5)

Basic Statistics (5)

  • SPU Equivalent: MAT 2360 or 1300 Intro to Stats for Sciences (5) OR EDU 2600 Statistics Unleashed! (5) OR PSY 2360 Intro to Social and Behavioral Stats (5)  Psychology majors or transfer equiv. OR SOC 2360 Intro to Stats Social and Behavioral Science (5) or Sociology majors or transfer equiv.

Health students

School of Health Sciences

Visit the School of Health Sciences to see how a degree from the School of Health Sciences can help you achieve your goals to make a difference in the world.

Time Schedule: Nursing

Course Planning

Suggested course sequences help you complete your degree in a timely manner.

Financial aid for nursing students

Nursing students have several options for financial assistance. Find out more information about scholarships and loans.