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About the Application Process

Questions about the Application Process

Q. I won't have my prerequisites finished by the application deadline. Can I still apply?

You may apply to the program without having completed the prerequisites. If you are accepted, your acceptance will be provisional, meaning that you must complete the prerequisites before you can enroll in the program and before you start classes in the summer. Document your status regarding prerequisite completion using the form provided in the application packet. It is to your advantage to complete four or more of the prerequisites with a grade of B or better prior to application.

A list of prerequisites required for the non-nurses and nurses with bachelors is available on the How to Apply page.

Q. Can you tell me if a course I took satisfies a specific prerequisite before I apply?

Due to the high volume of requests, pre-screening of prerequisite courses is not available prior to application. The Registrar’s Office conducts official transcript reviews after a candidate has applied and if they are accepted for an interview. Please refer to the bulletin of information for course descriptions to see if the course description from the bulletin matches the content in a course taken elsewhere.

For courses taken at Washington State Community Colleges, please refer to the course transfer guides.

For prerequisite courses taken at other schools, please refer to the SU Undergraduate Bulletin of Information for course content descriptions: catalog.seattleu.edu and the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide.

Q. My prerequisites are older than the time limits listed above, do they really need to be within the specified time frame?

Yes. Prerequisites must be completed within indicated time limits.

Q. Can I test out of any prerequisites?

Yes. You can take the CLEP test for Algebra Functions & Methods and Psychology courses. You must achieve a score of 50 or higher. Information on the tests can be found at www.collegeboard.com. Scores should be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions.

Q. Do I need to schedule an interview with faculty before December 1?

No. Your application will be screened by the admissions committee. If you are selected, we will contact you to set up an interview to further assess your ability to be successful in the program. Interviews typically begin late January.

Q. What is the timeline for application review and acceptance to the program?

Applications are reviewed in the first 2-3 weeks of January, and interviews may start in late January and then during the month of February. You will be notified of acceptance sometime in March.

Q. My undergraduate GPA was less than 3.0. Will you consider my application?

We will consider an applicant with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 who provides evidence of other achievements or abilities that might predict success in the program. A strong goals statement, high grades in the nursing prerequisites, strong GRE scores, or other evidence of academic ability may be considered.

Q. What should I write in my letter of intent?

The application asks you to address your personal and professional goals. You should be clear about how your career goals fit with your selected focal area of study, and why you chose Seattle University’s nursing program. Read over the materials you have received from the College and University and information available on our website (www.seattleu.edu). Relate your personal and professional goals to the University and College of Nursing mission. Use good language arts skills to demonstrate your writing ability.

Q. From whom should I get recommendations?

Your recommenders are asked to rate you on several personal and professional qualities. Choose recommenders who have first-hand knowledge of these qualities. A current or former professor who knows you well, and your employer provide a good balance, but more important than who they are is their ability to speak to the qualities that will make you successful in the program. Do not submit references from family members or friends, and limit the number of references to two. When you fill out your online application, you will be asked to include email addresses for your recommenders. They are sent a link via email to a secure online recommendation form to complete.

Q. Is clinical experience required for acceptance to the Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion (APNI) program?

Clinical experience is not required for admission to the APNI program. Students who have such experience may be more comfortable in their initial clinical nursing experiences, and you may choose to work in health care to attain this increased comfort level.

Q. I am originally from another country, but I have lived in the U.S. for many years. I hold a bachelor's degree from an American university. Do I still need a TOEFL score?

If English is not the native language, English proficiency must be established through examination. Acceptable Tests Include:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum 237/580 computer/paper

IELT (International English Language Test) minimum 7.0

Institutional MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) result of at least 83%

Policy #76-06 in Admissions establishes some reasons for exceptions. Admission coming from the culture language bridge program is not an option.

Q. What else can I do to make my application stand out from the others?

There are no tacit or unwritten criteria for admission. The best approach is to provide the strongest evidence you can of your potential for success in the program within the stated admission criteria. Learn as much as you can about the nursing profession, advanced practice nursing, and Seattle University so that you present yourself as a motivated, knowledgeable, and interested applicant.