Nursing, B.S.

Program Overview

Are you endlessly curious about the human body and what fosters its potential for health and healing? Do you have a desire to compassionately care for others in the midst of their pain and weakness? If so, you should consider a career in nursing. Earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from PLNU will allow you to combine your passion for healthcare with your longing for meaningful and even sacred work.

PLNU’s School of Nursing (SON) is highly respected in the San Diego community, so our graduates are actively sought after. The education you will receive from this rigorous program balances a focus on the human and spiritual aspects of nursing, as well as the physical and technical skills necessary to faithfully serve patients.

From your first semester, you will be working with patients using cutting-edge technology in a variety of clinical settings, providing you with over 1,100 clinical hours by graduation day — an advantage unique to PLNU. Our nursing program is also set apart by the genuine care shown by our committed faculty. Your professors will know you personally and hold you accountable in both your studies and in learning a healthy work-life balance that so often alludes professional nurses. Finally, you will benefit from a faith-based curriculum, an emphasis on servant leadership, and the lifelong support of our SON community.

Licensures and Professional Certifications:

PLNU cannot confirm whether California's licensures, credentials, and other professional certifications are accepted in other states.

Student Profile

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Rose McCracken

Caring for others’ needs has always been natural for Rose (McCracken) Johnson (10). As a nursing major at PLNU, she was encouraged and prepared for her calling and career as an RN. She graduated from PLNU in 2010 with her B.S. in Nursing and is currently an RN at Loma Linda University Medical Center - Murrieta on the medical-surgical oncology floor. Read more

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BSN Requirements

As part of the selection process for the BSN program at PLNU, freshmen apply for one full year of prerequisite courses as pre-nursing majors and are screened both by PLNU Admissions and the SON.  Research has shown that success in this demanding nursing major requires you to be highly motivated, score well on the SAT and/or ACT exam, have well-developed critical thinking skills, do well in math and science, and be service-oriented.

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Please Note: The pre-nursing major has a limited number of spaces. Transfer students must complete all prerequisites for the major prior to applying for the BSN program and will not have priority when they apply. PLNU does not admit in the Spring Semester.

Pre-nursing majors at PLNU and prospective students are eligible to be considered for the PLNU nursing major when the following conditions have been met:

  1. Submission of a SON application for the nursing program. Application forms are typically available online in late fall and due in early spring. All incoming students, including freshmen and transfer students must apply to both Point Loma Nazarene University and the School of Nursing. 
  2. Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a four-point scale.
  3. Completion of the following prerequisites (or equivalents) with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each one. A student may be considered with a repeat of one prerequisite 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)
  • NSG150 - Caring Faithfully: An Introduction to Nursing (2 units) with a minimum grade of "B"
  • College-level algebra (determined by PLNU math placement test)
  • With the exception of NSG 150, transfer students must have all prerequisite courses AND Microbiology (4 semester units with lab) completed at the time of application to the BSN program.

Transfer students, please search the transfer agreements database for the transfer agreement for your school.

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Please review the community college articulation agreements if you are interested in satisfying prerequisites through a community college in the San Diego area.

PLEASE NOTE: Per agreement with the San Diego Nursing Service Education Consortium and affiliated hospitals, a background check and urine drug screening will be required. Please view our Background Check - Urine Drug Screen Policy below.

LVN to BSN Advanced Placement Policy


Eligible students are selected for admission to the nursing program by the SON 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 1, 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 1, 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 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 SON is necessary. The examination includes current immunizations and tests as required by the SON.


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 readmit 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,

Are you ready to take the next step to begin your PLNU journey? Whether you’re a high school senior, college transfer student, or international student, find out what we’re looking for in our applicants and how you can apply.

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Student Support

For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

The versatile set of skills you’ll develop by pursuing a degree in nursing from PLNU prepares you for nursing in a variety of settings. PLNU nursing alumni have held various positions in hospitals, K-12 schools, clinics, medical missions, and public health institutions. PLNU cultivates passion, professionalism, and a values-driven approach to work in a context that intersects your intellect and faith and equips you to become a purposeful and trustworthy leader in your workplace.

Student Profile

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Eugene Mamarial

Lieutenant Eugene Mamaril, NC, USN, graduated from PLNU with his B.S. in Nursing in 2010. He has since earned his M.S. in Nursing from Duke University and is currently working toward his Ph.D. from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Read more