College of Nursing
MSN for Non-Nurses: Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion

How to Apply

  • Fall 2015 Application Timeline

    Application Deadline: December 1, 2014

    If you are interested in applying to the Seattle University RN-MSN program, please complete the online Graduate Nursing Application Form.

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    How to Apply

    Q. When is the application deadline?

    December 1 is the application deadline for Summer quarter entry. All application materials must be submitted to the office of Graduate Admissions by that date: application (including the prerequisite status form), transcripts, GRE scores, resume, goals statement, and recommendation forms.

    Q. I won't have my prerequisites finished by the application deadline. Can I still apply?

    You may apply to the program without having completed the prerequisites. If you are accepted, your acceptance will be provisional, meaning that you must complete the prerequisites before you can enroll in the program and before you start classes in the summer. Document your status regarding prerequisite completion using the form provided in the application packet. It is to your advantage to complete four or more of the prerequisites with a grade of B or better prior to application.

    Q. What are the nursing prerequisites I need to take?

    Within 5 years of application:

    BIOL 2210 Anatomy & Physiology with lab I or equivalent (5 quarter credits): must be completed within 5 years prior to application: Major structural and functional systems of the human body. Cells, tissue, bone, muscle, and nervous system. Laboratory emphasis on microscopic and gross anatomy.

    BIOL 2200 Anatomy & Physiology with lab II equivalent (5 quarter credits): must be completed within 5 years prior to application: Major structural and functional systems of the human body. Digestive, circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems. Physiologic interactions among systems. Laboratory emphasis on physiology.

    BIOL 2220 Microbiology with lab or equivalent (5 quarter credits): must be completed within 5 years prior to application: Introduction to microbiology, emphasizing health-related aspects.

    STAT XXXX (or NURS 350) Introductory Statistics or equivalent (5 quarter credits): must be completed within 5 years prior to application: Introduction to the nature of measures, descriptive statistics, hypothesis-testing techniques, and critical reading of descriptive and inferential statistics.

    Within 10 years of application:

    MATH 1020 or above (Functions & Algebraic Methods or higher math) or equivalent (5 quarter credits): Functions including linear, quadratic, other polynomial, and exponential. Modeling applications and problem solving emphasized. Supporting topics include equations, inequalities, systems of equations, rational expressions, exponents and radicals.

    PSYC 1200 Introductory Psychology or equivalent (5 quarter credits): General introduction to the modes of inquiry of scientific psychology, including its nature, scope, and method; organic, environmental and personal factors that influence human experience and behavior. 

    PSYC 3220 Growth & Development or equivalent (5 quarter credits): Life span development from infancy through childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, old age, and death and dying. Cognitive, personality, social and emotional development. Optional field work placement in settings related to different age periods.

    No time limit:

    Introductory General Chemistry (CHEM 101) or equivalent (1 year of high school chemistry or 1 quarter of college chemistry): Survey of inorganic chemistry, treating the basic principles and descriptive material relevant to the health sciences.

    Sample course descriptions from Seattle University 2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog are available at:

    Q. Can you tell me if my a course I took satisfies a specific pre-requisite before I apply?

    Due to the high volume of requests, pre-screening of prerequisite courses is not available prior to application. The Registrar’s Office conducts official transcript reviews after a candidate has applied and if they are accepted for an interview. Please refer to the bulletin of information for course descriptions to see if the course description from the bulletin matches the content in a course taken elsewhere.

    For courses taken at Washington State Community Colleges, please refer to the course transfer guides:

    For prerequisite courses taken at other schools, please refer to the SU Undergraduate Bulletin of Information for course content descriptions: and the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide

    Q. My prerequisites are older than the time limits listed above, do they really need to be within the specified time frame?


    Q. Can I test out of any prerequisites?

    Yes. You can take the CLEP test for the MATH 1020 (College Algebra) and PSYCH 1200 (Introductory to Psychology) courses. You must achieve a score of 50 or higher. Information on the tests can be found at Scores should be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions. 

    Q. I already have a graduate degree in another field. Do I still have to take the GRE?

    Applicants holding a graduate degree from a U.S. accredited education program do not need to take the GRE. All other applicants, including those holding foreign medical or other professional degrees, need to have taken the GRE in the past 5 years.

    Q. Do I need to schedule an interview with faculty before December 1?

    No. Your application will be screened by the admissions committee after January 1st. If you are selected, we will contact you to set up an interview to further assess your ability to be successful in the program.

    Q. What is the timeline for application review and acceptance to the program?

    Applications are reviewed in the first 2-3 weeks of January, and interviews may start in late January and then during the month of February. You will be notified of acceptance sometime in March.

    Q. My undergraduate GPA was less than 3.0. Will you consider my application?

    We will consider an applicant with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 who provides evidence of other achievements or abilities that might predict success in the program. A strong goals statement, high grades in the nursing prerequisites, strong GRE scores, or other evidence of academic ability may be considered.

    Q. What are the minimum GRE scores you are looking for?

    Your minimum combined score on the verbal and quantitative sections should be 1000 on the old GRE test and 297 on the new GRE test.

    Q. What should I write in my letter of intent?

    The application asks you to address your personal and professional goals. You should be clear about how your career goals fit with your selected program of study, and why you chose Seattle University’s Immersion program. Read over the materials you have received from the College and University and information available on our website ( Relate your personal and professional goals to the University and College of Nursing mission. Use good language arts skills to demonstrate your writing ability.

    Q. From whom should I get recommendations?

    Look at the forms provided for recommendations. Your recommenders are asked to rate you on several personal and professional qualities. Choose recommenders who have first-hand knowledge of these qualities. A current or former professor who knows you well, and your employer provide a good balance, but more important than who they are is their ability to speak to the qualities that will make you successful in the program. Do not submit references from family members or friends, and limit the number of references to two. Be sure your recommenders use the Seattle University recommendation forms provided in the application packet. Applications not using these forms will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

    Q. Is clinical experience required for acceptance to the program?

    Clinical experience is not required for admission to the immersion program. Students who have such experience may be more comfortable in their initial clinical nursing experiences, and you may choose to work in health care to attain this increased comfort level.

    Q. I am originally from another country, but I have lived in the U.S. for many years. I hold a bachelor's degree from an American university. Do I still need a TOEFL score?

    If English is not the native language, English proficiency must be established through examination. Acceptable Tests Include:

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum 237/580 computer/paper
    • IELT (International English Language Test) minimum 7.0
    • Institutional MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) result of at least 83%

    Policy #76-06 in Admissions establishes some reasons for exceptions. Admission coming from the culture language bridge program is not an option.

    Q. What else can I do to make my application stand out from the others?

    There are no tacit or unwritten criteria for admission. The best approach is to provide the strongest evidence you can of your potential for success in the program within the stated admission criteria. Learn as much as you can about the nursing profession, advanced practice nursing, and Seattle University so that you present yourself as a motivated, knowledgeable, and interested applicant.