Admission Requirements for All Applicants

Traditional BSN Program Prerequisites:

  • Bio 205: Anatomy and Physiology I with on-site lab, taken within the last 6 years
  • Bio 206: Anatomy and Physiology II with on-site lab, taken within the last 6 years
  • Chem 105: Chemistry of Life (Organic and Biochemistry), taken within the last 6 years
  • Bio 201: Microbiology with on-site lab, taken within the last 6 years
  • Psych 320: Developmental Psychology — Lifespan (Psych 101: Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for this course)
  • Stat 231: (acceptable at PLU as an alternative: Stat 232 or 233)
  • Nursing XXX: Nutrition (Course Number TBD)

Transfer Students – Comparable Course Guides: » Download the Comparable Course Guide The Comparable Course Guide lists equivalent courses at Washington State community colleges and universities which fulfill nursing prerequisite and co-requisite requirements for the PLU School of Nursing. Students are encouraged to review the comparable course listings to identify courses which can be transferred to Pacific Lutheran University to fulfill nursing as well as general university requirements. The PLU Registrar’s office offers complete Transfer Equivalency Guides for all Washington State community colleges at their website. These guides show all courses at state community colleges that are accepted for undergraduate transfer credit to PLU. Applicants can also contact PLU Admissions at 253-535-7151 to request an evaluation of transcripts for transfer credit. Learn more about applying as a transfer student at the PLU Admissions Office website.

Minimum Criteria for Consideration for Admission to the School of Nursing:

  • Formal admission to Pacific Lutheran University. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the School of Nursing.
  • Completion, or pending completion of specified prerequisite course work at PLU, a community college or another accredited university.
  • Intended completion of at least 60 semester credits (at least 90 quarter credits) at the college level, which is equivalent to junior status.
  • A minimum of 2.5 in each prerequisite course.
  • No more than one repeat of a particular prerequisite course.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in nursing prerequisite coursework*.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Completion of the university math entrance requirement (two years of college preparatory math with average grades of “C” or higher, or one semester of intermediate algebra at the college level with a grade of “C” or higher).
  • Physical health and emotional stability sufficient to meet the demands of nursing and provide safe patient care.
  • Fluency in speaking, reading, and writing college-level English.
  • Civil, administrative, and criminal history clearance in all states, as well as any applicable territory or country.
  • Submission of all documents to the School of Nursing by the designated deadlines.

*To calculate the prerequisite GPA, we include ALL previous attempts of any of our prerequisite courses. Exceptions are made for Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry of Life, and Microbiology courses taken over 6 years ago. A course withdrawal or “W” grade in a prerequisite course is calculated into the prerequisite GPA as 0.0.

Admission to the University neither implies nor guarantees admission to the School of Nursing. All materials submitted become the property of Pacific Lutheran University; please keep a copy for your records. All application materials submitted to and/or communications with PLU and/or the School of Nursing may be considered by the nursing admissions committee when making final determination of admission. Applicants are encouraged to waive the right to view letters of recommendation, as in our experience, recommenders are more likely to provide an honest, detailed, and strong recommendation if they believe the information is provided in confidence. If, however, you choose not to waive your right to view recommendations, please be aware that we do not provide copies of letters to the applicant. Applicants who receive an offer of admission will be requested to order a required criminal background check as a condition of admission. Background checks are run at the applicant’s expense.

All nursing students at Pacific Lutheran University are expected to communicate effectively on their own behalf, with professionalism and courtesy, and to demonstrate the ability to make independent decisions and think critically. This expectation extends to the application process. Please provide accurate contact information and respond in a timely manner to communication from the School of Nursing. Applicants are expected to be capable of meeting all admission requirements and completing both the university and the School of Nursing applications without the need for excessive individual advisement or assistance. Information about our programs and the application process is available on our website (plu.edu/nursing), in this application, in the PLU catalog, and at regularly scheduled information sessions. If questions remain after reviewing all available information, you are encouraged to email the School of Nursing (nurs@plu.edu). Lastly, the School of Nursing does not discuss individual applications or admission decisions with third parties and generally views such communications as a hindrance to the establishment of good communication with the applicant. All reasonable accommodations will be made for applicants with disabilities.

We encourage applicants to review the minimum criteria for admission and to keep in mind that admission is competitive; consequently, meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Historically, successful applicants far exceed the minimum criteria for admission. Please do not contact the School of Nursing to determine the rationale behind any individual admissions decision.

Apply Using One of the Following Applications

2021-2022 BSN Transfer Application Now Open!

Use this application if all of the following apply:

  • You are not currently taking classes at PLU and have never attended PLU before;
  • You have already graduated from high school;
  • You have (or intend to have) 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (junior standing) at time of entry into PLU;
  • You will have all prerequisites (see above) completed at time of entry into the BSN program; and
  • You hope to begin as a new transfer student at PLU and enter the BSN program in the same term

Prospective transfer students complete one application to apply to the PLU nursing program and to PLU as a new transfer student. High School seniors who are seeking as Associate’s Degree via Running Start should NOT complete this transfer application.

This application will ask you to provide the following:

  • 2 Essays (essay prompts can be found in the application, plus the option to include additional statements)
  • Official Transcripts (sent directly from ALL prior colleges to PLU)
  • 2 Recommendations (You’ll need to enter the name, title, and email address for each recommender. The application system will send them a form to complete with the option to upload a letter of recommendation)
  • $73 application fee
  • Optional Resume
  • English proficiency test scores, if applicable (see our English Proficiency Policy)
  • Nursing Addenda (questions related to nursing licensure and your ability to meet the Essential Qualifications for Nursing)

Application Deadlines for Transfers:

Application Priority Deadline: February 1st; late materials accepted until April 1. Candidates who have submitted application by the priority deadline date (February 1st) will be notified of acceptance status by the end of June.

Application for Associate's Degree-seeking High School Seniors

Use this application if all of the following apply:

  • You are a current senior in high school;
  • You are enrolled in full-time Running Start;
  • You plan to earn your Pre-Nursing Associate’s Degree (and have all nursing prerequisites complete) at the end of this upcoming Spring or Summer term; and
  • You have applied to PLU for admission as a first-year student.

We will consider you for direct admission into the School of Nursing. All materials should be submitted by the priority deadline of February 1st. Please work with your admission counselor as you apply.

This application will ask you to provide the following:

  • 2 Essays (essay prompts can be found in the application, plus the option to include additional statements)
  • 2 Recommendations. Within the application, you’ll need to enter the name, title, and email address for each recommender. Two complete recommendations are required and one must be a college-level faculty whose course you have taken. Up to 3 recommendations are allowed. The application system will send them a form to complete with the option to upload a letter of recommendation. If your recommender does not receive the automatic email, forward them this link: https://plu.formstack.com/forms/school_of_nursing_recommendation_form
  • $73 application fee, payable by check or money order to the School of Nursing
  • Optional Resume
  • English proficiency test scores, if applicable (see our English Proficiency Policy)
  • Nursing Addenda (questions related to nursing licensure and your ability to meet the Essential Qualifications for Nursing)

Application Priority Deadline: February 1st; late materials accepted until April 1. Candidates who have submitted application by the priority deadline date (February 1st) will be notified of acceptance status by the end of June.

Current and Former PLU Students

Use this application if you are currently enrolled in classes at PLU, or are a former PLU student with or without a PLU degree.

All materials should be submitted by the priority deadline of February 1st.  Please email questions to your PLU Academic Advisor.

This application will ask you to provide the following:

  • 2 Essays (essay prompts can be found in the application, plus the option to include additional statements)
  • 2 Recommendations. Within the application, you’ll need to enter the name, title, and email address for each recommender. Two complete recommendations are required and one must be a college-level faculty whose course you have taken. Up to 3 recommendations are allowed. The application system will send them a form to complete with the option to upload a letter of recommendation. If your recommender does not receive the automatic email, forward them this link: https://plu.formstack.com/forms/school_of_nursing_recommendation_form
  • $73 application fee, payable by check or money order to the School of Nursing
  • Optional Resume
  • English proficiency test scores, if applicable (see our English Proficiency Policy)
  • Nursing Addenda (questions related to nursing licensure and your ability to meet the Essential Qualifications for Nursing)
  • Former PLU students are required upload unofficial transcripts from any college attended since leaving PLU, as well as complete a PLU Re-Entry Application, found at plu.edu/registrar

Application Priority Deadline: February 1st; late materials accepted until April 1. Candidates who have submitted application by the priority deadline date (February 1st) will be notified of acceptance status by the end of June.

Application for Current High School Seniors

Use this application if all of the following apply:

  • You are currently a senior in high school
  • You are not seeking a two-year Pre-Nursing Associate’s Degree while in high school

PLU provides a direct admission process for high school seniors. It gives a select number of applicants conditional admission to the BSN program for Fall or Spring entry into the 2-year nursing program during their third year at PLU. This admission process is competitive, and seeks to admit students with strong college preparatory coursework.

High School seniors offered conditional admission and who meet the admission conditions will be granted guaranteed admission to the School of Nursing beginning either in the fall or spring of their third year at PLU. Conditions include (but are not limited to):

  • Students are required to complete ALL nursing prerequisite coursework in residence at PLU
  • Students are required to earn a ‘B’ grade or higher in ALL PLU coursework before entering the School of Nursing

There are four admission decision dates for Nursing Conditional Admission: October 15, November 15, December 15 and January 15. Students who submit all admission materials and the online Nursing Conditional Admission application prior to one of these dates can expect a conditional admission decision prior to the next decision date. The final deadline to apply for Nursing Conditional Admission is January 15. The School of Nursing will send final offers of conditional admission by February 15.

Those not offered conditional admission may still complete the pre-nursing coursework during their first and second years at PLU, and apply to the School of Nursing during their first or second year at PLU, depending on their progress in prerequisites and general university course requirements. Applicants to the School of Nursing should work closely with their assigned PLU academic advisor during their first year.

*Please note: Though PLU offers test optional admission to the university, we strongly encourage Nursing Conditional Admission applicants to submit their SAT or ACT test scores.

Questions?

For more information regarding the application process and deadlines for the School of Nursing, attend an information session or contact the Office of Admission at admission@plu.edu.