Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447
Pacific Lutheran University is one of the 20 private 4-year, not-for-profit colleges in Washington. Its campus is small in size and located in a suburb in Tacoma. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.
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 students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.
Pacific Lutheran University's in-state tuition for 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|
|Student to Faculty Ratio11:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation |
Evangelical Lutheran Church
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Offered
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|
NCLEX-RN Passrate History
NCLEX-RN passrate history of Pacific Lutheran University as reported by Washington state board of nursing.
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|
|In State Students||$1,261|
|Out of State Students||$1,261|
|In District Students||$990|
|In State Students||$990|
|Out of State Students||$990|
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/year
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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These scholarships are available to full-time student in selected regions of the U.S. Eligibility is determined by applicant's school/college of nursing's zip code. Applicants for ...
Applicant to this scholarship has to be graduate or undergraduate student and/or trainee in the field of nursing. Candidates for this award must be a child, grandchild or great-grandchild of a ...
This scholarship open to all students attending accredited nursing program in selected regions such as Louisiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and ...
The Washington State Nurses Foundation annually award scholarships to qualified candidates enrolled in an approved program leading to an associate or baccalaureate nursing degree in ...
Applicants must be residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington. Students must be members of the LGBTQ and allied community and display leadership either within the LGBTQ community ...
Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Washington state board of nursing.