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2020-2021 BSN Transfer Application Now Open!

New this year! Prospective students complete one application to apply to the PLU nursing program.

Application Deadlines:

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

We use one admission cycle per year and admit 48 students to the Fall semester and 48 students to the Spring semester.

Current PLU First-Year Students

The BSN application for current PLU students will be available by November 1st. Please email Tracy Pitt (tpitt@plu.edu) with questions, or talk with your PLU Academic Advisor.

Admission Requirements: Transfer and Current PLU First-Year Students

In addition to the university’s requirements, the School of Nursing has prerequisites. Nursing prerequisite requirements vary, depending on the program to which the student is applying: Traditional BSN Program Prerequisites:

  • Psych 101: Introduction to Psychology (4 semester credits)
  • Bio 205: Anatomy and Physiology I with on-site lab (4 semester credits), taken within the last 6 years
  • Bio 206: Anatomy and Physiology II with on-site lab (4 semester credits), taken within the last 6 years
  • Chem 105: Chemistry of Life (Organic and Biochemistry) with on-site lab (4 semester credits), taken within the last 6 years

Co-Requisites for Traditional BSN Program (these may be taken along with your first nursing courses):

  • Bio 201: Microbiology with on-site lab, taken within the last 6 years (4 semester credits)
  • Psych 320: Developmental Psychology — Lifespan (4 semester credits)
  • Stat 231 (acceptable at PLU as an alternative: Stat 232 or 233) (4 semester credits)

LPN to BSN Program Prerequisites:

  • Psych 101: Introduction to Psychology (4 semester credits)
  • Bio 205: Anatomy and Physiology I with on-site lab (4 semester credits), taken within the last 6 years
  • Bio 206: Anatomy and Physiology II with on-site lab (4 semester credits), taken within the last 6 years
  • Chem 105: Chemistry of Life (Organic and Biochemistry) with on-site lab (4 semester credits), taken within the last 6 years
  • Bio 201: Microbiology with on-site lab, taken within the last 6 years (4 semester credits)
  • Psych 320: Development Across the Lifespan (4 semester credits)
  • (Stat 231 is a co-requisite for the LPN to BSN program)

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.
  • Completion of at least 30 semester credits (at least 45 quarter credits) at the college level, which is equivalent to sophomore status.
  • A minimum of 2.5 in each prerequisite and co-requisite course.
  • No more than one repeat of a prerequisite or co-requisite course.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in nursing prerequisite course work.
  • 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.

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 applicants may not review letters until the completion of the admission cycle, or roughly February 1 each year, and that we do not provide copies of letters. Requests to review letters of recommendation for which you have not waived your right to view must be submitted in writing to the nursing admissions committee. 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.

Application for Current High School Seniors

PLU provides a direct admission process for application to the School of Nursing. It gives a select number of full-time, first-year students conditional admission to the BSN program. This admission process is competitive, and seeks to admit students with strong college preparatory coursework.

Students offered conditional admission and who meet the following academic requirements will be granted guaranteed admission to the School of Nursing beginning either in the fall or spring of their second year:

  • Students are required to complete ALL pre-nursing coursework during their first year at PLU
  • Students are required to earn a ‘B’ grade or higher in ALL PLU coursework before entering the School of Nursing in their sophomore year

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 year at PLU, and apply to the School of Nursing after one full semester.

*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, please visit the current University Catalog, which outlines application procedures and deadlines under Admission to the School of Nursing.