Priority Application Deadlines
No Application Fee Required
Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion for non-nurses
with a bachelor’s degree
Start Summer Quarter: December 1
DNP for nurses
with a bachelor’s degree and RN
Start Summer Quarter: December 1
POST-MASTER'S DNP for nurses
with a master’s degree and RN or NP
Start Summer or Fall Quarter: Priority January 15, after that applications are accepted on a space available basis.
When deadlines fall on a weekend or holiday, applicants have until offices reopen to submit application materials.
General Admission Requirements
- Complete graduate application form.
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in course work from all post-secondary educational institutions attended in the last 90 quarter/60 semester credits of the bachelor’s degree, including any transfer credits earned during this time, and any post-baccalaureate course work. Individuals who have less than a 3.0 GPA may be considered, given evidence of other accomplishments.
- Professional résumé specifying education and work experience. Two years of work experience preferred. Two years of acute care experience preferred for Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialization.
- Two letters of recommendation (at least one from an academic source) that speak to the applicant's potential for success in a doctoral-level advanced practice nursing program.
- Applicants for whom English is a non-native language must demonstrate English proficiency regardless of English language studies, residence in the United States or an English-speaking country, or immigration status. Graduate applicants with a baccalaureate or higher degrees from recognized colleges in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia and who have continued to reside in countries where English is the primary language for at least two years prior to applying to Seattle University will have this requirement waived. English proficiency may be met with an official TOEFL score of 92 (IBT), or 580 (PBT); the IELTS exam with a minimum score of 7.0; PTE score of 62.
- Letter of intent describing the applicant’s motivation for applying to this program, reason for choosing nursing, reason for choosing the specific Advanced Practice role for which they are applying, reason for choosing a DNP program, and the reason for applying to Seattle University.
- Select applicants to be invited for an interview.
ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING IMMERSION (APNI) APPLICANTS
- Evidence of minimum of earned four-year baccalaureate degree from regionally accredited institution or U.S. equivalent. Submit official, degree-posted transcript from last 90 quarter/60 semester graded credits of your bachelor’s degree, including any transfer institution credit earned during this time period. Unofficial transcripts for all post-baccalaureate coursework or satisfying prerequisite coursework also required. If admitted, students have until the end of their first quarter of enrollment to provide official copies.
- Prerequisite Form indicating plan for required course work noted below (form supplied with application online). Applicants must have completed 5 out of the 8 prerequisite courses including the following three: Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, and Microbiology by the application deadline. Please note time-frame requirements for prerequisites. Unofficial transcript copies can be submitted at the time of application. If admitted, students have until the end of their first quarter of enrollment to provide official copies. Official transcripts are required for all prerequisite coursework to continue in the program.
PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK FOR APNI PROGRAM
- Introduction to Psychology
- Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 with lab (within 5 years)
- Microbiology with lab (within 5 years)
- Psychology Growth and Development
- Statistics (within 5 years)
- Chemistry, 1 year High School or 1 quarter college (no time limit)
All prerequisite courses must be taken at regionally accredited institutions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the College of Nursing will also accept online coursework taken through a regionally accredited institution for Summer 2023 and 2024 admission. All prerequisites coursework should be completed within 10 years, except where noted. All prerequisites must be completed before classes begin.
ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR APPLICANTS WITH AN RN AND BACHELOR'S DEGREE
- Copy of current RN licensure without practice restrictions or ability to obtain an RN license in WA state if from another state.
- Evidence of minimum of earned four-year baccalaureate degree from regionally accredited institution or U.S. equivalent. Submit official, degree-posted transcript from last 90 quarter/60 semester graded credits of your bachelor’s degree, including any transfer institution credit earned during this time period.
- 5 quarter credit undergraduate Statistics course or its equivalent completed within 5 years with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better.
ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR POST-MASTER'S APPLICANTS WITH AN RN OR NP
- Official transcripts from all accredited institutions where graduate-level courses were taken must reflect a GPA of at least 3.0 from a regionally accredited college or university. The earned master’s degree may be in nursing or other health related field. If the masters is in nursing it must be from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited nursing program.
- Current unencumbered RN license. If applicant is a nurse practitioner, he/she must also have current, unencumbered ARNP license.
- Doctor of Nursing Practice Supplemental Application Form: Credit granted for up to 500 post-baccalaureate supervised academic clinical hours contributing to the 1,000 total supervised clinical hours required for graduation from the DNP program. Graduates from post-baccalaureate programs that provide less than 500 clinical hours must complete the Clinical Hours Portfolio Template and submit to the College of Nursing for review.