May 18, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Nursing

Programs & Courses Accreditation
Graduate Degree Offered Admission and General Program Requirements


Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN, Dean
Danuta M. Wojnar, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies


The aim of the College of Nursing is to provide educational preparation for professional practice. The seven expected learning outcomes for the baccalaureate nursing program are as follows:

  • Integrate knowledge from liberal arts, nursing science, and related disciplines to promote well being through a generalist practice
  • Provide patient-centered care by applying the nursing process to maximize the health of clients
  • Demonstrate critical thinking attitudes, skills, and abilities in clinical decision making and evaluation of evidence-based nursing practice
  • Integrate technology and information management with relationship-centered nursing care across the health continuum in a variety of health care settings
  • Use interpersonal communication, collaboration, and organizational skills to work in partnerships with clients, families, communities, and the health care team to promote health
  • Apply leadership principles and quality improvement techniques to influence health  policy, regulations, and the provision of care to ensure quality and safety
  • Demonstrate professional values through commitment to self-evaluation, lifelong learning, professionalism, service, respect for diversity, and social justice

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
Doctor of Nursing Practice


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 and General Program 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.

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.

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.