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APPLY NOW! BSN Application Available!

Our 2018-2019 BSN Application is now available. Application cycle is from November 1st, 2017 to May 1st, 2018. Priority is given to applications that are completed by February 1st.

With Gratitude: SoN receives $25,000 MultiCare Grant

The School of Nursing is very fortunate to receive a gift of $25,000 from MultiCare Health Systems, in support of our Summer 2018 Skills Lab upgrade and renovation. Thank you MultiCare!! We are deeply grateful for the support of our important clinical partners in recognition of nursing education and the role of the region’s future nurses!

DNP Program welcomes it's first PMHNP cohort

We are very excited about expanding our Doctoral program to include Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) this year. Congratulations and welcome to our PMHNP students!

Congratulations to Cate Rush - 2017 PLU Peace Scholar

Nursing student Cate Rush (2019) was selected as one of two PLU Peace Scholars for 2017. She, and PLU student Austin Beiermann (2018), spent seven weeks in Norway with students from around the world learning peacebuilding skills and practices over the summer as part of the PLU Peace Scholars Program. Click here to read her story.

Interested in Teaching with Us?

Part-Time or Full-Time Contingent Faculty Positions for 2017-18: -Two tenure track positions for PMHNP faculty -One Adult Health tenure track position -Part-time contingent faculty positions in a variety of specialty areas Please contact: Dr. Sheila K. Smith, PhD, RN, ARNP-BC, FAANP Dean and Professor School of Nursing Ramstad 214 Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA 98447-0003 253-535-7674; smithsk@plu.edu

Commitment, Caring and Leadership

Thanks for visiting the PLU School of Nursing! From this website, prospective students can learn about the mission, history and programs offered, as well as download application materials. Health professionals looking to stay abreast of current issues or return to practice can read about courses offered through Continuing Nursing Education. Our current students can keep informed of important dates and events and download required paperwork. Nursing alumni can learn about current events at the School of Nursing, keep in touch with their fellow graduates, and find ways to contribute to nursing education at PLU.

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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, master of science in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Care and Outcomes Manager MSN curriculum meets requirements for the Clinical Nurse Leader national certification examination. The Family Nurse Practitioner track meets requirements for ANCC and AANP national certification examinations.

The PLU difference 

  • PLU is known for its high-quality nursing education.
  • Cohort sizes are small to ensure a high-quality, personable PLU experience.
  • All clinical placements are arranged by the PLU faculty.

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