Frequently Asked Questions

What should I purchase for a uniform?

The School of Nursing uniform consists of charcoal gray scrubs with the NU logo, a white lab coat with the NU logo, and white shoes. The scrubs and coats are only available for purchase through Acorn Uniforms on Friday, August 28, 2020, during orientation.

A short or long sleeved t-shirt or camisole undergarment is permitted. The color must be black or white and should not extend below the scrub top.

Note: Be prepared to pay between $100.00-$150.00 (+ sales tax) on August 28, 2020 for the scrub top, pants, and lab coatAcorn Uniform will be at Northwest University to give you opportunity to try on sizes and take your uniform order. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted.

Additional required components of the uniform:

  • White shoes – comfortable for extended periods of walking and standing
    • Closed toe
    • Sports shoes are permitted but they must be all white
    • White nursing “clogs” are permitted
  • Hosiery: Black or white socks or white or skin-toned pantyhose/tights
  • Analog wrist watch with second hand, easy to read, and water resistant

What should I purchase for clinical and skills equipment?

  •  Manual blood pressure cuff (traditional sphygmomanometer): The 79 series from Prestige Medical is recommended. Available through suppliers such as Allheart (
  • Stethoscope: The Littmann Classic II SE is recommended. Available through suppliers such as Allheart ( and Medisave (  If you choose to purchase a different brand of stethoscope, you will need approval from the skills lab instructor. 
  • NU identification badge: The cost of the ID badge is $10.00. Payment is due at orientation on August 28, 2020. Cash (exact amount), check made payable to Northwest University, or credit cards (Visa/MC) are accepted.
  • Acorn Uniform will bring a package that includes a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope which may be purchased at the same time you purchase your uniform.

How can I prepare academically for the fall?

Many students have expressed an interest in preparing for the nursing program. This is an excellent plan.

The fundamentals textbook is used throughout the first semester and the Strategies for Test Success book helps with test taking strategies specific for the nursing student learning to think like a nurse.

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Other recommendations for preparing for nursing school this summer include reviewing basic mathematical skills, basic unit conversions, and anatomy and physiology.

Does the School of Nursing recommend paper or electronic textbooks?

The faculty don’t have a preference. There are many features to electronic versions that paper textbooks don’t offer.

We recommend you assess your personal learning style to determine which medium to purchase.

What is a typical schedule for a junior year nursing student?

The schedule will be full, intense, exciting and fun. A typical week includes lecture classes and nursing skills lab Monday through Wednesday. Clinical are Thursdays and Fridays. See the Junior Cohort Information page for the fall 2020 schedule.

The nursing program is time-intensive and academically rigorous. We recommend any outside work be limited to one 8-hour shift per week.

Will I need a car for transportation?

Travel to and from the clinical site is the responsibility of the nursing student. If you do not have a car, you will need to arrange transportation. Some clinical assignments are attended by a single student at various times of the day or night. Do not expect to always be able to carpool or take bus transportation.

What is the required completion date for prerequisites?

All prerequisite courses must be complete on or before June 30, of the year you are entering the nursing program. Courses taken at NU are an exception to this and must be complete on the last day of the NU summer term.