College of Nursing

College of Nursing

  • Dean Kristen Swanson Elected to AACN Board


    The dean of the College of Nursing at Seattle University, Kristen Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been elected to the board of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. 

    Click HERE for full story.

    Nursing makes a difference in people’s lives…

    Seattle University College of Nursing is dedicated to preparing values-based, compassionate nursing professionals who will serve the health care needs of our community, especially the frail, vulnerable and underserved.

    We embrace the Jesuit tradition of developing the whole person and focus on the connections between the practical, academic, spiritual, and humane needs of people. Since its establishment in 1935, the college has graduated nurses and nurse leaders who are held in high regard by their communities, employers and professional colleagues. Our graduates live our vision of movement toward service and creating a more just, humane world.

    “I have always been a fan of Seattle U. The DNP program does not disappoint and it's met all of my expectations so far. I'm thoroughly enjoying the academic environment and I'm able to apply my coursework to my daily practice.”
    - Christina McConnell, ARNP, MSN, DNP


    Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares advanced practice nurses to meet the demands of complex healthcare systems, the rapidly expanding scientific knowledge needed for practice, and the increasing need for interprofessional collaboration and leadership. Graduates will be prepared for leadership and advocacy roles that shape just and humane healthcare policies and promote access to high quality, culturally competent care for individuals, families and communities through regional, national and global engagement.

    Master of Science in Nursing Program

    The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is grounded in the Jesuit ideals of teaching, service, education for values, and growth of persons. The curriculum focuses on care of vulnerable populations through a strong commitment to social justice. Our value-based education emphasizes the ethical, moral and spiritual dimensions of nursing. Attention to individual strengths and needs produces graduates who are knowledgeable, skilled and confident in their ability to effect change. 

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

    Seattle University College of Nursing is one of the oldest nursing programs in the state of Washington. The college has a long history of outstanding baccalaureate education and is steeped in its Jesuit tradition of community outreach and service. The college will provide students with critical thinking tools and the educational preparation needed for professional practice and care for individuals, families and communities through regional, national and global engagement.  

    Click to read the CON Annual Report of Scholarship


    This report highlights the many scholarly activities that our faculty, staff, and students participated in during the 2013-2014 academic year. 

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    Public Comment Invited by CCNE

    The Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) will conduct an on-site evaluation of the program leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and all Post-Graduate Certificate programs at the Seattle University College of Nursing on April 13-15, 2015. You are invited to submit written and signed third-party comments to CCNE until March 14, 2015. Click HERE for information about how to submit comments.

    Open Faculty Positions

    Seattle University College of Nursing invites applications for faculty to teach at the under-graduate through DNP levels, to begin September, 2015. Click HERE to apply.

    Featured News 


    Dr. Margaret Heitkemper receives 2015 Alumni Award for Professional Achievement 

    Dr. Heitkemper is a 1973 graduate of Seattle University’s College of Nursing who demonstrates exceptional leadership. An innovator integrating basic scientific research into the practice of nursing, she inspires colleagues with her cutting edge approach to health care. 

    Click HERE for more nursing news. 

  • College of Nursing Calendar

    • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Information Session 3/31/2015 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    • Fatal Assistance: Considering the Complexities of Foreign Aid 4/9/2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    • Lunchtime Scholar Series | Equity of Justice: Medical-Legal Partnerships in Primary Health Care 4/10/2015 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM