Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog 
    Jun 29, 2022  
Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Nursing

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Mission Statement

The School of Nursing at Point Loma Nazarene University exists to support the university Wesleyan Mission and to provide an interdisciplinary learning program of excellence. Graduates of the School of Nursing are distinctly identified by grace, truth, and holiness, serving others after the example of Christ, as they are sent to fulfill their calling as professional nurses.

So He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciple’s feet, drying them with a towel that was wrapped around Him. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you. John 13:4-5 (NIV)

Vision Statement

The School of Nursing at Point Loma Nazarene University embraces, as a covenant, the commitment to excellence within a dynamic Christian environment in which each one will engage in the sacred work of nursing. This sacred work involves symbolically removing one’s shoes in service of others.

Take off your sandals for the place you are standing is holy ground. Exodus 3:5 (NIV)


Graduate Program Director: Larry Rankin, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E.
Dean: Barbara J. Taylor, Ph.D., R.N.



    Optional certificates are offered in some schools or departments.  The requirements governing certificates are as follows:

    • A certificate is a skill based program responsive to employer and/or market need that supplements a student’s graduate or degree completion studies.  Point Loma Nazarene University offers certificates which may be one of three types:  academic, professional development or attendance certificates.
    • Academic certificates will be between six (6) and eighteen (18) graduate level units.  Professional development certificates are based on a ten (10) hours per CEU formula. Attendance certificates are awarded on the basis of full session attendance.
    • 50% or more of the units being applied to the certificate must be unique to that certificate.
    • Only academic certificates that appear in the student’s catalog of record may be earned at the point of graduation.
    • Students must earn a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for an academic certificate with no grade lower than C. 
    • Of the total graduate units in the academic certificate, a minimum of two-thirds must be earned in residence.
    • Academic certificate programs will state clearly whether they can be applied to a PLNU degree.
    • Neither professional development nor attendance certificates can be converted to academic credit or applied to university programs or degrees.


      School of Nursing

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