Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific Lutheran University is one of the twenty private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges in Washington. The campus is located in a suburb, in Tacoma.According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 3,122 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 619 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 514 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 83%). Every year 70% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.
Pacific Lutheran University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $40,352, and fees were $370. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $40,352 and $370 respectively.
|Campus LocaleLarge Suburb|
|Number of Students3,122|
|Student to Faculty Ratio11:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation |
Evangelical Lutheran Church
|On Campus HousingYes|
The Pacific Lutheran University Nursing program offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program is designed for students with no prior nursing experience.
A student can complete the program in three years of full time study excluding time taken to complete prerequisite courses.
Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination to be licensed as a Registered Nurse to serve as a Registered Nurse in the State of Washington State.
Nursing courses are offered sequentially with the successful completion of prerequisites in one semester required for enrollment in courses in the following semester. Students must complete all general Education prerequisites and CORE requirements with the minimum established grade as well as completing all nursing courses with a minimum of a ‘C’ grade before graduation.
- Application to the college
- Complete (or be in the process of completing) all prerequisite courses at an accredited institution (with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA)
- Completion of a minimum of 30 semester credits of college level course work (a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher is required)
Applicants will be required to submit proof of physical health and demonstrable fluency in written and spoken English. Prospective students will also be required to submit to a local and national criminal background check.
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||1||5|
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities|
09/01/1936 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program|
10/01/1993 - 12/31/2004
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program|
05/01/1966 - 12/31/2004
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels|
09/22/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
10/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels|
10/03/2003 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1040 to 1270|
|ACT||21 to 27|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Considered but not required|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Neither required nor recommended|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$1,261/credit|
|In State Students||$1,261/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,261/credit|
|In District Students||$990/credit|
|In State Students||$990/credit|
|Out of State Students||$990/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 99% of Pacific Lutheran University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||30%||$799|
|State Grant & Scholarships||34%||$7,966|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||98%||$22,725|
|Federal Student Loans||61%||$6,027|
$24,567Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$18,273|
|$30,001 to $48,000$18,068|
|$48,001 to $75,000$21,630|
|$75,001 to $110,000$26,946|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Washington state board of nursing.