Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The College of Nursing bachelor’s program at Seattle University prepares students for nursing careers by teaching students to look beyond symptoms to see the whole patient -- mind, body and spirit. 

As part of a Jesuit Catholic university, the College of Nursing emphasizes the care of persons and of communities. This involves caring for patients and communities as well as caring for students and their futures. Students learn in diverse settings, working with people of all ages, races and incomes, making a difference while perfecting their skills.

Why pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree?

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing prepares students for the professional licensing examination, the NCLEX-RN. Development of strong critical thinking and communication skills is emphasized along with preparation for future leadership roles. Graduates go on to work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, community agencies, home health care companies, psychiatric settings and more.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: The Seattle University Experience

The Seattle University nursing program is enhanced by the broad education students receive in their core classes, studying subjects such as literature, art, science, and psychology. By combining the study of the arts, humanities, social sciences and science with nursing, students develop additional perspective they can bring to the profession.

The Seattle University College of Nursing emphasizes social justice and a commitment to care of all people. Students hone their skills working with diverse patients young and old in urgent care settings, long-term care facilities and community clinics, where they gain hands-on experience and self-knowledge along the way.

Here are some of the characteristics that set the College of Nursing apart:

  • An outstanding reputation built over 75-plus years follows graduates of the College of Nursing.
  • A typical student-faculty ratio of 8:1 in the clinical setting. Factors influencing ratio of clinical faculty to students include complexity of clinical learning experiences, availability of clinical sites, and expectation of clinical agencies.
  • Students are accepted as first-year students into the College of Nursing; students don’t need to reapply assuming they maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and 3.0 in prerequisite classes. Students from outside Seattle University may also apply as transfer students. 
  • A 20,000-square-foot clinical laboratory in the Swedish Cherry Hill, James Tower Life Sciences Center is equipped with realistic infant, child and adult patient simulators to help students gain confidence working on simulators before treating live patients.
  • International clinical opportunities expose students to new cultures and healthcare systems while gaining experience.
  • Seattle University’s campus is located in a neighborhood popularly called “Pill Hill” because of its close proximity to several major medical centers. This gives students easy access to clinical classes in a variety of settings near downtown Seattle, Washington.

Student Handbook and Learning Outcomes

Seattle University College of Nursing