Nursing, Master | Pacific Lutheran University | Tacoma, United States
27 months
34547 USD/year
34547 USD/year
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Ranked as one of the top 150 graduate nursing programs in the US by US News and World Report, the Nursing program of the Pacific Lutheran University is designed to equip nurses with the knowledge and skills to lead change, promote health and elevate care in various roles and settings.


About the Program

There are three entry points into the Nursing program of the Pacific Lutheran University:

  • Entry-Level Master’s – for non-nurses with a degree in another field who want to complete the RN and MSN in 27 months
  • BSN to MSN – for nurses with a BSN
  • RN-B to MSN – for nurses with a bachelor’s degree in another field (currently on hiatus)

The core MSN curriculum prepares an advanced generalist, who has the knowledge and skills required of all master’s‐prepared nurses as determined by the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011).  The MSN student may also choose an area of specialization.

Two areas of role specialization are available:

  • Advanced Generalist
  • Clinical Nurse Leader®

PLU MSN graduates are nursing leaders and educators throughout the Puget Sound area, Washington and across the US.  The MSN Care and Outcomes curriculum also prepares the graduate for PhD or DNP doctoral study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Pathology/Pharmacy
  • Care Delivery/Health Promotion
  • Health & Physical Assessment
  • Professional Foundations & Principles of Leadership
  • Care of Chronic Conditions
  • Psychology/Mental Health

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 27 months

Start dates & application deadlines


85 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) minimum cumulative GPA
  • Completion with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) or better in each prerequisite course (See exceptions due to COVID-19): College-level Statistics (both descriptive and inferential), Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with on-site lab within last six years), Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with on-site lab within last six years), Developmental Psychology—Lifespan, Intro to Microbiology (with on-site lab within last six years) Nutrition (for summer applicants, we strongly recommend that you take this course before the program starts. If not, it must be completed during the first year of the program.)
  • GRE (optional) – GRE scores are not required for admission consideration. It is optional to submit the test scores in order to strengthen the application
  • International students must provide proof of English proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    34547 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 77731 USD for the full programme during 27 months.
  • National

    34547 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 77731 USD for the full programme during 27 months.

Living costs for Tacoma

1000 - 1580 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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