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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Nursing

Programs & Courses Admission Requirements
Graduate Degree Offered General Program Requirements
Accreditation Clinical Experiences

Kristen M. Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean
Debra Stauffer, MSN, RN, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies


The aim of the College of Nursing is to provide educational preparation for professional practice. There are four major goals for the baccalaureate nursing program:

  • Provide educational experiences to develop knowledge, skills, and values essential to the profession of nursing.
  • Provide opportunities for students to realize their potentials as persons and as professionals.
  • Prepare students in the Jesuit tradition of service to others for meeting health needs in society.
  • Provide the foundation for graduate study in nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

To keep the program current, changes may be made in the undergraduate curriculum. These changes will not increase the total number of credits required for degree completion. When a curricular change occurs, students must complete the enrolled program of study within the timeframe of the last regularly scheduled course in the discontinued curriculum OR apply for readmission to the new curriculum.

Graduate Degree Offered

See Graduate Catalog
Master of Science in Nursing


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission;

For additional information on Seattle University’s nursing programs, please contact the College of Nursing. Prospective undergraduate nursing students who desire further information about nursing programs in general, such as tuition, fees, and length of program, may also contact the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Admission Requirements

All entering students from high schools or accredited institutions of higher education who wish to complete requirements for the bachelor of science degree in nursing must meet university entrance requirements described in the admissions section of this Catalog. A cumulative grade point average 2.75 and major prerequisite grade point average of 3.00 or above from another college or university is required for transfer students seeking admission into the College of Nursing. The chemistry requirement is met by satisfactory completion of “Introduction to Chemistry” or its equivalent.

General Program Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum cumulative GPA 2.75 and major program/prerequisite GPA of 3.00 to enter the nursing sequence of study as well as a grade of C or better in all prerequisite classes. Specific requirements for progression are detailed in Policy 75-3, which is included in the College of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Students must meet the College of Nursing/Clinical Agency requirements for annual health screening, current cardiopulmonary resuscitation, immunization, medical insurance coverage, and other state and federal requirements. Students are responsible for these expenses as well as uniforms, equipment, and transportation costs to and from clinical agencies/sites. Students are referred to the College of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook for a more detailed overview of requirements and expectations.

Professional liability insurance is required for registered nurse students through the duration of all clinical experiences. All nursing students will be assessed a nursing fee each quarter of registration in nursing courses (see costs  section of this Catalog). These fees cover costs associated with all laboratory and clinical courses and comprehensive testing/NCLEX prep. Fees are also required to apply for RN licensure. Details regarding these costs are found in the College of Nursing BSN Student Handbook.

Clinical Experiences

Clinical experience is provided through cooperating health care agencies. Examples include: Atlantic Street Center; Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center; Evergreen Hospital Medical Center; Group Health Cooperative Hospital and Clinics; Harborview Medical Center; Head Start; High Point Neighborhood; New Holly Neighborhood; Neighborhood House; Northwest Hospital; Overlake Hospital Medical Center; White Center Neighborhood; Providence Mount St. Vincent; Providence Medical Center in Everett; Rainier Vista Neighborhood; Seattle Public Schools; Swedish Medical Center; Swedish Medical Center Cherry Hill Campus; VA Puget Sound Health Care System; Virginia Mason Hospital; Yesler Terrace Neighborhood, and other selected health care agencies.