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College of Nursing

Transfer FAQ

1. What is the application deadline?
2. Are there separate applications to apply to Seattle University and to the BSN Program?
3. What is a complete application?
4. How many times per year does the College of Nursing admit students to the BSN Program?
5. What are the minimum GPA requirements to apply to the BSN Program?
6. What are the nursing prerequisite courses?
7. Do I have to have all of the pre-requisite courses completed before I can apply?
8. How many repeated prerequisite courses are allowed for applicants?
9. How long should my Nursing Personal Essay be?
10. Is prior volunteer service or work experience required for admission?
11. English is not my first language. Must I provide proof of English Proficiency?
12. What credits can I transfer into the BSN program?
13. I earned college credit through Advanced Placement for statistics and calculus; do I still need to take those prerequisites?
14. I am a Running Start high school student. Do I apply as a freshman or a transfer?
15. Does Seattle University provide unofficial transcript evaluations prior to admission?
16. Do I need to complete Intro to Biology if I have completed Microbiology and A&P courses?
17. What are some of the health-care facilities that serve as settings for clinical courses?
18. I have additional questions, who should I contact?

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline for fall 2018 admission is December 1, 2017 (if deadline falls on a weekend or holiday students have until offices reopen to submit application materials). All application materials must be received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by this date for the application to be considered. Click here for Transfer Application Timeline.

Are there separate applications to apply to Seattle University and to the BSN Program?

Applicants apply to the Transfer BSN Program using either the Seattle University Transfer Application OR the Transfer Common Application. Applicants should complete one application not both. There is not a separate application to the BSN program. In addition to the Seattle University Personal Statement, the College of Nursing requires a nursing personal essay and a professional resume. Applications can be found here.

What is a complete application?

A complete application includes:

  • Either the Seattle University Transfer Application OR the Transfer Common Application (applicants should choose one and not complete both) 
  • $55 application fee (waived if you are earning a transferable associate’s degree) 
  • Nursing Personal Essay
  • Professional Resume
  • Seattle University Personal Statement
  • Official transcripts from each college, university, or professional school attended 
  • Official test scores when applicable (i.e. Advanced Placement, CLEP)
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • BSN Supplemental Application form (included in the SU Transfer Application or submitted separately if completing the Transfer Common Application)

Note: If you are an international student you must also submit a Declaration of Finances

How many times per year does the College of Nursing admit students to the BSN Program?

Students are admitted once a year, for the fall quarter.  

What are the minimum GPA requirements to apply to the BSN Program?

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 
Minimum Cumulative Nursing Pre-Requisite GPA: 3.0  

Note: these are the minimum GPA requirements needed to apply to the BSN program, our most competitive applicants generally have higher GPAs.

What are the nursing prerequisite courses?

  • Introduction to Biology
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Lifespan Psychology (must cover birth to death)
  • Human Nutrition
  • Statistics
  • College Algebra for Business (Pre-calculus) or higher course level
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Microbiology

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicants must have completed 7 of the 10 prerequisite courses including at least one of the following three: A&P I, A&P II or Microbiology by the application deadline.
  • At least one math prerequisite must be completed by the application deadline.
  • Completed a transferrable Associate of Arts degree, previous bachelor’s degree or have the equivalent of 90 or more quarter credits (60 semester credits) including a 5 quarter credit (3 semester credit) hands on art class.
  • Math 1010  (College Algebra for Business/Pre-Calculus), Nutrition, and Psychology coursework must be completed within 10 years of anticipated program start date.
  • Science and Statistics coursework must be completed within 5 years of anticipated program start date
  • The math pre-requisite course (MATH 1010 College Algebra for Business /Pre-calculus or higher) cannot be satisfied through a statistics course.
  • Eligible applicants are limited to a maximum of two repeated prerequisite classes. This does not include prerequisite courses that must be repeated due to timespan requirements.

Do I have to have all of the pre-requisite courses completed before I can apply?

No. However, applicants must have completed 7 of the 10 prerequisite courses including at least one of the following: A&P I, A&P II or Microbiolgy and at least one of the math prerequisites by the application deadline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed most, or all, of their prerequisite class prior to applying. Additionally, if you are accepted, all pre-requisites must be completed by the end of the spring quarter before you start the program.

How many repeated prerequisite courses allowed for applicants?

Eligible applicants are limited to a maximum of two repeated prerequisite classes. This does not include prerequisite courses that must be repeated due to timespan requirements (ex: Math, Psychology, and Nutrition coursework must be completed within 10 years; science and statistics coursework within 5 years). The number of repeated classes will be a part of your application evaluation and can impact your eligibility for admission. Please provide additional information in your application explaining the reason for the repeated course(s).

How long should my Nursing Personal Essay be?

A maximum of 250 words. Click here for more information about the Nursing Personal Essay.

Is prior volunteer service or work experience required for admission?

No - However, applicants are highly encouraged to volunteer or job shadow in the health care field. This experience and exposure to the nursing role will help applicants better determine if nursing is the right professional fit.  Applicants should include any relevant volunteer or work experience in their resume.

English is not my first language. Must I provide proof of English Proficiency?

Policy at Seattle University requires that all applicants for whom English is not the first/native language must demonstrate English Proficiency regardless of their language studies, academic history, length of residency in the United States or other English speaking countries, or their citizenship or immigration status.

BSN applicants must demonstrate English proficiency at non-English Language Culture Bridge program level. For more information on how to demonstrate proof of English proficiency, please visit our policy page.

What credits can I transfer into the BSN program?

  • In general, credits from courses that the applicant received a grade of 2.0 or higher. 
  • 5-quarter credit hours (semester hours are multiplied by 1.5 to calculate quarter hours equivalency). 
  • A maximum of 135 credits are transferable from another four-year institution and 90 credits quarter (60 semester) from a community college or other two-year institution.

The transfer of credits from another institution depends on the number of credit hours earned, course content equivalency and final course grades. You can find course description information in our course catalog. Course equivalencies can be found on the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide

I earned college credit through Advanced Placement for statistics and calculus; do I still need to take those prerequisites?

AP courses may satisfy the math requirements. Applicants must submit official scores directly to Seattle University from the testing organizations.

I am a Running Start high school student. Do I apply as a freshman or a transfer?

If you are a running start student and will be graduating from high school at the end of the academic year, you must apply to Seattle University as a freshman. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more details on applying.

Does Seattle University provide unofficial transcript evaluations prior to admission?

We are unable to provide transcript evaluations prior to a student being admitted to the BSN program. Applicants can consult the course catalog and the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide for transfer equivalencies. Additional questions should be sent to transfer@seattleu.edu

Do I need to complete Intro to Biology if I have completed Microbiology and A&P courses?

Yes, all applicants must complete Intro to Biology along with the other required prerequisite courses.

What are some of the health-care facilities that serve as settings for clinical courses?

Clinical placement sites include, but are not limited to:

  • Harborview Medical Center
  • University of Washington Medical Center
  • VA Puget Sound Health Care
  • Overlake Hospital
  • Evergreen Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Swedish Medical Center – All Campuses
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center

I have additional questions, who should I contact?

Questions can be directed to transfer@seattleu.edu or the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 206-220-8040.

Watch a video of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Information Session for students applying for Fall 2018.