School of Nursing
The School of Nursing is a professional school that combines nursing science with a strong foundation in natural sciences and the liberal arts. It prepares undergraduate students for generalist nursing practice; builds upon undergraduate educational experiences to prepare nurses for advanced practice in designated specialties; and responds to the education needs of practicing nurses to remain current, competent practitioners or to revise the focus of their practice.
The School exemplifies the university’s mission of educating for lives of service and care in an environment that encourages inquiry, diversity, lifelong learning and spirituality as vital elements in the human quest for wholeness. Nursing’s educational programs offer dynamic learning opportunities that challenge students to develop skills, attitudes, values, and roles which facilitate individuals, families, and communities to meet their health and wellness needs.
Degree programs within the School of Nursing
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing for basic nursing students and licensed practical nurses;
- Master of Science in Nursing program for BSN-prepared registered nurses;
- RN-non-nursing baccalaureate degree or higher to MSN;
- Entry-level MSN for non-nursing baccalaureate graduates.
Accreditations and Affiliations
The School of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. The bachelor of science in nursing and master of science in nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The Basic undergraduate program is designed for students who do not hold licensure in practical or registered nursing. The LPN to BSN program is designed for persons holding LPN licensure.
The school collaborates with over 100 health agencies to provide optimal clinical learning experiences for its students, under the supervision of its faculty members.
Graduates who successfully complete the program will earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as registered nurses in all 50 states and two U.S. territories. They are prepared to begin professional nursing positions throughout the health care system. The undergraduate programs provide a strong foundation for graduate study in nursing.