A Note From Dean Swanson

Seattle University Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Written by Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN | Dean and Professor
November 1, 2016


Every year when fall quarter begins the campus comes to life. It is filled with activities for students just beginning their time at Seattle University, as well as those looking ahead to their final year and future careers. This fall is a special time for Seattle University as it marks the beginning of a yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary.

This is also special moment in time for the College of Nursing’s graduate program. After many months of preparation, the college has expanded its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to include four primary care nurse practitioner pathways and an advanced community public health nursing option. The expansion addresses a need for more nurses prepared for advanced practice and who are equipped to address health locally and globally.

The expanded DNP program will admit non-nurses with a baccalaureate degree into a four-year program and nurses with a bachelor’s degree into a three-year program. I’m proud to share with you that the admission cycle for 2017 entry into the DNP program is now well underway and potential applicants who have attended our information session have been very enthusiastic.

I’m also pleased to share with you that we welcomed the first class of students into the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate program this fall. This post-graduate certificate program was designed to meet a need among current nurse practitioners to increase their scope of practice to include care of adults experiencing acute and unstable conditions. The program is structured to support working professionals with a combination of intensive on-campus coursework and many clinical hours completed in students’ home communities.

As we look forward to the next 25, or 125 years, at Seattle University, it’s important to remain connected to our past.

Founded in 1935, Seattle University College of Nursing, has directly contributed to the health and well-being of the community through the hard work and accomplishments of over 5,000 alumni. This positive impact grows with each new graduate. This past year alone, we proudly recognized 157 undergraduate and 71 graduate students as they celebrated the successful completion of their degree program. 

A major theme of the anniversary celebration is “Daring Forth for 125 Years”. I have no doubt our nursing graduates dare. Every day they courageously care for patients experiencing the worst and best times in their lives. They dare to venture to the aid of those affected when disaster strikes. At home or abroad, the reach of our graduates affirms and drives all of us to fulfill our mission to educate and inspire nurse leaders to transform health care for a just and humane world.