Eligibility:nursing classroom

Please Note:  The Pre-Nursing major has a limited number of spaces.  Enrollments of transfer students, and major changes of PLNU students, into the Pre-Nursing major are not possible. 

Pre-Nursing majors at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU), and prospective transfer students, are eligible to be considered for the PLNU Nursing major when the following conditions have been met:

  1. Submission of a School of Nursing application for the nursing program. Application forms are available December 1, 2016 at the School of Nursing office. Deadline for submission to the School of Nursing is February 1, 2017.
  2. Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a four-point scale.
  3. Completion of the followi


    ng prerequisites (or equivalents) with a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in each one.  A student may be considered with a repeat of one pre-req course.  No online courses will be accepted as prerequisites required for the nursing program.
  • Inorganic and Organic Biological Chemistry -or- Organic Chemistry (4 or 5 semester units—with labs)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 semester units—with labs)
  • General Psychology or Personal Identity (3 or 4 semester units)
  • FYE100 - Core Values Convocation (1 unit) with a minimum grade of "B"
  • NSG150 - Caring Faithfully: An Introduction to Nursing (2 units) with a minimum grade of "B"
  • College-level Algebra (determined by PLNU math placement test)
  • Human Development (3 semester units): strongly recommended, but not required for admission to the BSN program
  • Nutrition (3 semester units): strongly recommended, but not required for admission to the BSN program
  • With the exception of FYE 100 and NSG 150, transfer students must have all prerequisite courses AND Microbiology completed at the time of application to the BSN program.

       Please click here to view Transfer Agreements on the PLNU Office of Records webpage

5.   Second degree students (Students who have a previous bachelor’s degree in a major
       other than nursing) may be considered for admission into the sophomore nursing   
       class; however, a full three years will be required to complete the required nursing 
       coursework. The program cannot be accelerated, but the course load may be lighter 
       according to the number of general education classes for which a student is given transfer credit.


Eligible students are selected for admission to the nursing program by the School of Nursing Selection Committee.  Spaces in nursing courses are limited.

  1. Priority consideration will be given to PLNU Pre-Nursing applicants who: a) have completed all prerequisite courses by the end of Spring semester preceding the Fall entry date;  b) have completed at least 15 semester units and two semesters at PLNU; c) have completed the BSN application process prior to February 1st, preceding the Fall entry date.
  2. Secondary consideration will be given to transfer applicants who: a) have completed all prerequisite courses prior to turning in the BSN application; b) have completed the application process prior to February 1st, preceding the Fall entry date.
  3. Selection is made on basis of cumulative GPA and strength of complete application.  A point system is not used.
  4. The selection committee will meet to finalize the selection process after all spring grades have been received and all students will then be notified by mid-June.
  5. An interview may be requested.

Health Status:

Once accepted into the BSN program: Students must provide evidence that they are physically and emotionally able to perform the duties required.  A physical examination by a healthcare provider with information completed on a form provided by the School of Nursing is necessary.  The examination includes current immunizations and tests as required by the School of Nursing.  


Once accepted into the BSN program, students must provide evidence of a current American Heart Association "BLS for Healthcare Providers" card.  Cards from the Red Cross ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.

Background Check - Urine Drug Screen Policy:

For the past several years there has been at least one student who has been dismissed from the program because of a dilute urine sample. This can happen easily if you are accustomed to drinking a lot of water. Drinking excess fluid is normal when you are preparing to participate in an athletic event, or working outside; but this also may cause a dilute urine sample.  It can also happen because of drinking too much coffee or tea (caffeine) in the morning prior to going in for a drug screen.  This is a serious matter and is not taken lightly by the School of Nursing.  Because we abide by the hospital standards and there are hospitals that will not accept an American Data Bank report flag caused by a dilute we must dismiss the student.  In some cases we are able to re-admit a year later (5 year student), and in other cases this will be a non-negotiable final dismiss from the Bachelor of Science Nursing program.

A flag is something that has been identified as needing attention.  The flag can occur with the background check or with the urine for drug screening.

Per agreement with the San Diego Nursing Service Education Consortium and affiliated hospitals, a background check and drug screening will be required prior to your first clinical experience, and within one year of your clinical rotation at Rady’s Children’s Hospital.  If a flag occurs from either your background check or drug screening, this will result in immediate dismissal from the Point Loma Nazarene University Bachelor of Science Nursing clinical courses.  (Per the Board of Registered Nursing Code CCR 1426 (d) Didactic and Clinical courses must be completed simultaneously for successful completion of any course).

Dilute urine means there is too much water in the urine causing the test to be inconclusive.  If you drink too much water before going for your drug screening, the result may be a dilute reading.  If you receive a dilute, it will flag your American Data Bank Drug Screen Report. 

We recommend no liquids after midnight until you have submitted your a.m. urine specimen.   If you are concerned that your urine may be diluted flush that specimen and reschedule your drug screen appointment. (Note that urine is normally yellow in color. If the color is not obviously yellow it may be diluted.)

If you have questions please contact Program Coordinator and Selection Committee Chair, Marsha Reece at 619-849-7055, marshareece@pointloma.edu.