Undergraduate Programs at PLU

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs are designed for students who are not licensed nurses. We offer a traditional BSN located at PLU’s main campus, and the Accelerated BSN program for students with a minimum of 60 non-nursing college credits.

You will find a learning environment where students work with outstanding faculty and staff to gain knowledge and skills, share professional experiences with expert clinical preceptors, and become exceptional nurses. Our professional and educational standards, our innovative responses to changing health care markets, and our distinguished history of educating students for lives of service have earned the School of Nursing a reputation for excellence in the Pacific Northwest. Our esteemed alumni include a member of the United States House of Representatives. We invite you to become a part of our tradition.

A PLU Baccalaureate Nursing Education

A Pacific Lutheran University Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education (2021) and achievement of the program outcomes will enable graduates to practice as generalist nurses within a complex healthcare system. The BSN curriculum builds on the PLU core liberal education in the arts, humanities and sciences as the cornerstone for the practice of nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the ability to incorporate the dimensions of person, nursing, and environment to promote health in a variety of nursing situations.
  • Provide evidence-based clinically competent care of individuals, families, and communities in a variety of settings across diverse populations.
  • Enact the role of service as a professionally educated member of society.
  • Employ principles of ethical leadership, quality improvement, and cost effectiveness to foster the development and initiation of safety and quality initiatives within a microsystem or entire system.
  • Collaborate in the interprofessional design, management, and coordination of safe, quality care.
  • Pursue practice excellence, lifelong learning, and professional engagement.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how healthcare policy, including financial and regulatory, affect the improvement of healthcare delivery and/or health outcomes.
  • Demonstrate the use of information systems, patient care technologies, and interprofessional communication strategies in support of safe nursing practice.

Please note that applicants must decide between applying for our Traditional Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) program on our Tacoma campus, our Accelerated Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in Lynwood, and our Entry Level Master’s of Science in Nursing (ELMSN) program on our Tacoma campus. Applicants are not allowed to have an active application for more than one program concurrently, as per our admissions process.

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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, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Pacific Lutheran University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education  (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). 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 and the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner track meets requirements for ANCC national certification examination.

The Bachelor in Science with a major in Nursing program at Pacific Lutheran University meets the educational requirements for professional RN licensure in all 50 US states and the following jurisdictions:

AlabamaDelawareIowaMichiganNew JerseyPennsylvaniaUS Virgin Islands
AlaskaDistrict of ColumbiaKansasMinnesotaNew MexicoRhode IslandVermont
ArizonaFloridaKentuckyMissouriNew YorkSouth CarolinaVirginia
ArkansasGuamLouisianaMontanaNorth CarolinaSouth DakotaWashington
CaliforniaIdahoMaineNebraskaNorth DakotaTennesseeWest Virginia

Date Reviewed:  March 2023
Will be reviewed annually
Note:  The educational requirements for professional RN licensure requirements for American Samoa cannot be determined at the time of the last review.