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 highly sought after. The education you'll 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'll work with patients using cutting-edge technology in a variety of clinical settings, providing you with nearly 900 hours of hands-on clinical experience — 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 eludes professional nurses. Finally, you'll benefit from a faith-based curriculum, an emphasis on servant leadership, and the lifelong support of our SON community.
Early Entry into Graduate Studies
If you know you want to pursue a post-undergraduate nursing degree, you can enter our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certification or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) track. In either of these programs, you will earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing, be fully prepared to take the NCLEX, and step into our DNP with FNP certification program at an accelerated pace – faster than pursuing the degrees separately.
Begin MSN and DNP level coursework before the end of your senior year. Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for the national Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP exam following graduation) or the CNS National Certification exam.
Licensures and Professional Certifications:
This program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and meets the requirements for licensure or certification in the state of California, where Point Loma Nazarene University is physically located. PLNU cannot confirm whether or not specific programs meet out-of-state requirements for Professional Licensure or Certification. Information about out-of-state requirements in nursing is available on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Point Loma Nazarene University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
This program will prepare you for success as a nurse: our Nursing B.S. class of 2023 had an NCLEX-RN pass rate of 100%.