School of Nursing

"Nursing is the divine imposed duty of ordinary work." Florence Nightingale knew that being a nurse meant doing sacred work.

At PLNU, we want to prepare you for your future work of caring for patients and being aware of their spiritual and emotional needs. If you have a passion to continue the sacred work of caring for others, join us as a nursing major!


PLNU’s nursing program has a 32-year history in the San Diego community. The nursing program involves six semesters of nursing curriculum and students apply to the program after completing prerequisite courses. Consideration for the nursing major is based on cumulative GPA and strength of complete application.

Following selection by the School of Nursing, students must satisfy minimal standards for physical and emotional health required by a nursing professional. These include a physical examination by a healthcare provider and per agreement with the San Diego Nursing Service Consortium and affiliated hospitals, a background check and drug screening will be required prior to your first clinical experience.

Once enrolled, you will learn about caring for the individual – infant, child, and adult – in a variety of contexts. You will also experience hands-on learning in a myriad of community and clinical settings.

Special Features

  • Programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that prepares students to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam after graduation
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, including RN-MSN, traditional MSN, and Post-MSN options
  • Nursing Education and Clinical Nurse Specialist tracks at the graduate level, offering specializations in Gerontology, Medical-Surgical, Family Health, and Mental Health Nursing
  • Scholarships
  • Participation in the Health Promotion Center located at Church of the Nazarene in Mid-City
  • Sigma Theta Tau International honor society
  • Nursing mission trips
  • Clinical practicum that gives students real-life experience with licensed professionals in a hospital or community setting

Career opportunities

  • Nurse educator
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Public health nurse
  • Forensic nursing
  • School nursing
  • Trauma nursing
  • Nursing in hospitals or clinics
  • Shaping public health policy
  • U.S. and global health mission work