Master of Science inNursing

Application Requirements and Procedures

HOW TO APPLY

You may apply in two ways:

  1. Apply online
  2. Apply by mail using the paper application

Send Graduate application form and all application materials to:

Pacific Lutheran University
Office of Admission--Graduate Programs
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003

APPLICATION DEADLINES/TIMELINES

Summer Start Programs

Fall Start Programs

  • Entry-Level MSN, Care and Outcomes Manager (COM) (for applicants with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree)
  • BSN to MSN, Care and Outcomes Manager (COM) (Nurse Administrator focus area)

 

  • RN-B to MSN, Care and Outcomes Manager (COM) (for registered nurses with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree)

 

  • BSN to MSN/MBA Dual Degree

 

  • BSN to MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

 

 

  • BSN to MSN, Care and Outcomes Manager (COM) (Advanced Generalist, Nurse Educator, and Clinical Nurse Leader focus areas)

 

 

  • BSN to MSN/MBA Dual Degree

 

 

Priority Application Deadline—Nov 15

Priority Application Deadline—Mar 1

Classes Begin—mid June
(
June 16, 2014 for most programs)

Classes Begin—early September

ENTRY-LEVEL (ELMSN) AND RN-B TO MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

The following application requirements pertain to the Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing program (for applicants with a non-nursing background) and the RN-B to Master of Science in Nursing program (for RNs with a non-nursing bachelor's).

Pre-Requisites - to be completed before the program start date:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) minimum cumulative GA
  • Completion with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) or better in each course:
    • College-level Statistics (both descriptive and inferential)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with on-site lab within last six years)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with on-site lab within last six years)
    • Developmental Psychology—Lifespan
    • Intro to Microbiology (with on-site lab within last six years)

Download the Comparable Course Guide to see courses at Washington universities and colleges which can fulfill nursing prerequisite course requirements.

Additional Pre-Requisites for RN-B. to MSN Applicants:
  • Current, unencumbered WA State RN License (Note: PLU will verify licensure via the Dept. of Health; do not make a copy of your
    RN license)
  • Nursing 430, Situations with Communities (5 semester units, offered at PLU in the spring) Note: All pre-requisites must be completed by the program start date.


Application Requirements

  • Graduate application and $40 non-refundable application fee payable to PLU.
  • Résumé: Submit a résumé that includes your employment history; significant academic, professional, and community achievements;
    honors and awards.
  • Official transcripts from all higher-education institutions (no exceptions), sent directly from the institution to PLU at the above address.
    Students applying with degrees from institutions outside the US must submit official transcripts in the original language as well as a certified English translation and course-by-course evaluation for US degree equivalency by a PLU approved evaluation service. Two approved providers are Foreign Credential Translation and Evaluation Services (FIS) and World Education Services (WES).
  • Statement of Goals: Submit a typed statement of educational and professional goals. The statement should not exceed four
    double-spaced pages. Please reference your name on each page. Applicants should include the following information in their statements:
    • Discuss why you are interested in a career in nursing.
    • Describe how the Advanced Generalist Entry-Level MSN (or the RN-B to MSN program, as appropriate) program at PLU
      will fulfill your career goals.
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores. The PLU code is 4597. (GRE minimum scores: 500 verbal, 500 quantitative,
    4.0 analytical writing [old score format] or 150 verbal, 150 quantitative, 4.0 analytical writing [new score format])
  • Two Recommendations – References may be academic or professional. Each letter of recommendation with written comments must be accompanied by the PLU Recommendation Form.
    • Use the online application to send the recommendation form and request for letter of recommendation to your references
    • The recommendation form contains the following recommender guidelines: 
      MSN graduates will be providing direct patient care and assuming leadership responsibilities in a complex health system.  What are the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses as you see them?  How does the applicant deal with conflict, accept feedback and work as a team member? Recommendation can also include comments as to the applicant’s emotional maturity, intellectual abilities, communication skills (written and verbal), leadership skills, and interpersonal skills. (You do not have to touch on all of these points, but please comment on those you feel are significant to your evaluation of the applicant.) Most importantly, describe your overall assessment of this candidate?
  • School of Nursing Graduate Application Addenda Packet
    The following checklist items are a part of the MSN Addenda Packet:
    • Questions Relative to Licensure form
    • Educational Background and Transfer Credit Policy form with required attachments
    • Washington State Patrol Disclosure Affidavit & Request for Conviction Criminal History Record with attached cashier’s check or money order ($15 made out to PLU School of Nursing)
    • Policy/Procedures Regarding English Proficiency form
    • Physical and Psychological Expectations of Nursing Students (Note: For applicant’s information only; do not submit this page)
    • Additional Items for Entry-Level MSN Applicants form (Note: RN-B to MSN applicants must also complete this form)

      All applicants must complete the School of Nursing Graduate Application Addenda Packet.   Additional documentation may be required; read all directions carefully.  Click the link below to fill out the Addenda Packet.  You will be able to save your progress, and resume at a later time.

      Click here to complete the MSN Addenda Packet

      You must download, sign, and send by mail the WA State Patrol Disclosure Affidavit and WA State Patrol Background Check, along with a $15.00 cashiers check or money order to:

      PLU Office of Admission
      Graduate Programs
      12180 Park Avenue South
      Tacoma, WA 98447
 

BSN TO MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING PROGRAMS

The following application requirements pertain to Bachelor of Science in Nursing-prepared registered nurses pursuing either the Master of Science in Nursing—Family Nurse Practitioner program, the Master of Science in Nursing—Care and Outcomes Manager program, or the Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration Dual Degree program.


Pre-Requisites - to be completed before the program start date:  

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution with 3.0 ( on a 4.0 scale) minimum cumulative GA
  • Current, unencumbered WA State RN License (Note: PLU will verify licensure via the Dept. of Health; do not make a copy of your RN license)
  • Completion of college-level statistics (both descriptive and inferential) with a 3.0 (B) or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Candidates should have direct care RN experience
Application Requirements
  • Graduate application and $40 non-refundable application fee payable to PLU.
  • Résumé: Submit a résumé that includes your employment history; significant academic, professional, and community achievements; honors and awards.
  •  Official transcripts from all higher-education institutions (no exceptions), sent directly from the institution to PLU at the above address.  Students applying with degrees from institutions outside the US must submit official transcripts in the original language as well as a certified English translation and course-by-course evaluation for US degree equivalency by a PLU approved evaluation service. Two approved providers are Foreign Credential Translation and Evaluation Services (FIS) and World Education Services (WES).
  • Statement of Goals: Submit a typed statement of educational and professional goals. The statement should not exceed four double-spaced pages. Please reference your name on each page.
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores. The PLU code is 4597. (GRE minimum scores: 500 verbal, 500 quantitative, 4.0 analytical writing [old score format] or 150 verbal, 150 quantitative, 4.0 analytical writing [new score format])
  • Two Recommendations –References may be academic or professional. Each letter of recommendation with written comments must be accompanied by the PLU Recommendation Form.
    • Use the online application to send the recommendation form and request for letter of recommendation to your references
    • The recommendation form contains the following recommender guidelines:
    MSN graduates will be providing direct patient care and assuming leadership responsibilities in a complex health system.  What are the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses as you see them?  How does the applicant deal with conflict, accept feedback and work as a team member? Recommendation can also include comments as to the applicant’s emotional maturity, intellectual abilities, communication skills (written and verbal), leadership skills, and interpersonal skills. (You do not have to touch on all of these points, but please comment on those you feel are significant to your evaluation of the applicant.) Most importantly, describe your overall assessment of this candidate?

School of Nursing Graduate Application Addenda Packet.  The following checklist items are a part of the MSN Addenda Packet:

  • Questions Relative to Licensure form
  • Educational Background and Transfer Credit Policy form with required attachments
  • Washington State Patrol Disclosure Affidavit & Request for Conviction Criminal History Record with attached cashier’s check or money order ($15 made out to PLU School of Nursing)
  • Policy/Procedures Regarding English Proficiency form
  • Physical and Psychological Expectations of Nursing Students (Note: For applicant’s information only; do not submit this page)

    All applicants must complete the School of Nursing Graduate Application Addenda Packet.   Additional documentation may be required; read all directions carefully. 

    Click the link below to fill out the Addenda Packet.  You will be able to save your progress, and resume at a later time.

    Click here to complete the MSN Addenda Packet

    You must download, sign, and send by mail the WA State Patrol Disclosure Affidavit and WA State Patrol Background Check, along with a $15.00 cashiers check or money order to: PLU Office of AdmissionGraduate Programs12180 Park Avenue SouthTacoma, WA 98447

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Official Internet Based TOEFL scores. (TOEFL iBT minimum scores: 86 cumulative score, with minimum individual scores of 26 speaking, 20 writing, 20 reading, and 20 listening)

See additional International Student Information and Requirements 

GRE SCORES


All applicants, including those holding master's degrees or doctorates in other subjects, are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Test results must be less than 5 years old. Waivers are not issued, nor is another test (LSAT, GMAT, etc.) acceptable. Minimum scores are:

  • about 500 in the verbal portion, or equivalent scores (about 153) on the new scale on the revised GRE test 

  • about 500 in the quantitative portion, or equivalent scores (about 145) on the new scale on the revised GRE test

  • 4.0 in the analytical writing portion


Applicants who must retake the GRE to meet minimum score requirements may be considered less competitive for admission. Preparation is key; applicants are strongly advised to prepare for the GRE. Free preparation materials and sample tests are available from the testing agency (www.ets.org/gre). In addition, many colleges and publishers offer test preparation courses, books and sample tests. Contact your university or local college to learn about GRE test preparation opportunities. To see a list of services that the School of Nursing has identified in Pierce County, click here.

ADVANCE TUITION DEPOSIT


Because space is limited in the MSN program, applicants accepted into the program are required to make a $300.00 non-refundable advance tuition deposit within three weeks of their acceptance date to confirm their acceptance of an offer of admission. The deposit is not a separate fee, but goes toward your tuition expenses. Click here to make your non-refundable $300.00 tuition deposit.

QUESTIONS?

Contact the PLU Office of Admission, Graduate Programs at gradadmission@plu.edu or 253-535-7151 or the PLU School of Nursing at gradnurs@plu.edu or 253-535-7672.