Jun 22, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Nursing

Programs and Courses (DIUS and NURS)
Admission and General Program Requirements for BSN
Bachelor of Science with a major in Diagnostic Ultrasound Objectives
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Objectives Admission and General Program Requirements for BS.DIUS
Graduate Degrees Offered Post Baccalaureate Diagnostic Ultrasound Certificate

Web: http://www.seattleu.edu/nursing/

Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN, Dean
Danuta M. Wojnar, PhD, RN, FAAN, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Steven J. Palazzo, PhD, MN, RN, CNE, Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies 
Bonnie H. Bowie, PhD, MBA, RN, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education 


Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Bachelor of Science with a major in Diagnostic Ultrasound: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


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


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.

Bachelor of Science with a major in Diagnostic Ultrasound


The diagnostic ultrasound program prepares students for the profession of diagnostic medical sonography. Founded on a concentration in basic sciences, the program affords simultaneous opportunities for receiving a liberal arts education, as well as didactic and practical exposure to a range of ultrasound specialties. This approach leads not only to competence in the practice of sonography, but also to the development of future leaders in the field.


Individuals may apply for the major of diagnostic ultrasound as freshmen or as transfer students from other colleges. All applicants must choose one of two specialty tracks: cardiovascular sonography or general/vascular sonography. Transfer applicants and change of major students will be considered according to admission requirements of the College of Nursing and the department of diagnostic ultrasound. 

Some supplementary materials are required with transfer student applications. Applicants are encouraged to participate in volunteer or paid health care related activities that promote the development of communication and interpersonal skills and provide an opportunity to evaluate their own suitability to work with patients and the public. All majors are required to meet with program faculty prior to progressing to the third year.

Departmental Requirements (Policy 81-4 and Program Specific Requirements)

Students must earn a grade of C or higher and a GPA of 2.50 or higher in PHYS 1050 , 1060 , MATH 1230 , 1210  BIOL 1610  /1611 , 2200 , 2210 . Any biology, diagnostic ultrasound didactic, diagnostic ultrasound internship, ultrasound physics or pathophysiology course in which a grade lower than a C is earned must be repeated. No further ultrasound course may be taken until the student has earned an acceptable grade. Any course may be repeated only once.

The major requirements are taken the third and fourth year of the program. Prior to the third year of the program all students will have completed the math and science prerequisites and all but fifteen (15) credits of the core requirements. Advancement to the third year courses also involves review and approval by the department chair and advisors. The final year of the program is 12 months of internship in a health care facility, which is arranged by a clinical coordinator.

Post-Baccalaureate Diagnostic Ultrasound Certificate

The post-baccalaureate diagnostic ultrasound certificate option is open to applicants with at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited program in a related science (including diagnostic ultrasound). Applicants are expected to have a GPA of at least a 2.50 in their degree work plus any post-baccalaureate course work taken prior to enrollment at Seattle University. Applicants for this option will be considered as part of the overall program cohort and accepted based on the same requirements as the degree applicants and on the availability of seats in the program. This certificate option complies with one of the pre-requisite educational tracks for qualification for the national certification examinations in Diagnostic Ultrasound.