2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Dec 08, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic 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.
John 13:4-5 NIV

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
John 13:14-15 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


  • To prepare competent, responsible practitioners who are committed to service and leadership as professional nurses;
  • To equip graduates with the skills to function at an entry level of professional practice in a wide variety of health care settings;
  • To expose students to the dynamic changes occurring in health care today to better prepare them for the changing careers of the future.

Tradition of Excellence

The nursing program at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) is highly respected in the San Diego community and around the world. Classes provide for individualized attention by caring faculty who are dedicated to the academic and clinical success of each student. The Nursing program is rigorous and as such there is a grade requirement of at least “C” for all pre-requisite, co-requisite and Nursing course requirements (excluding NSG1050 which requires a minimum grade of “B”). The faculty who are professionally qualified focus on effective teaching, and seriously take their call to be Christian role models and mentors. The School of Nursing (SON) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Graduates are thus eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam and apply for public health nursing certification upon graduation. This accredited program provides preparation for graduate study.

Career Opportunities

The program is designed around five program values: caring faithfully, leading faithfully, communicating faithfully, following faithfully and inquiring faithfully. Nursing majors complete a rigorous program of clinical and theory courses that prepare them for the role of the registered nurse. The compassionate attitudes and excellent preparation of PLNU nurses make them highly sought after by San Diego County health care agencies.

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted as freshman to pre-nursing status and must successfully complete the required prerequisite courses to be considered for the nursing major. Transfer students must have all prerequisite courses and Microbiology completed at the time of application to the B.S.N. program. Students are selected for admission to the sophomore class annually for the fall semester. Selection is based on GPA at PLNU, cumulative GPA, strength of application, letter of recommendation, completion of pre-requisite classes, as well as additional criteria. A minimum overall 3.000 college/university GPA is required on a four-point grade scale. LVNs licensed in the State of California are accepted into the program with advanced standing based upon completion of special LVN admission criteria, on a space available basis. Being a PLNU student and meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission into the nursing program as admission is competitive and space in nursing courses are limited. If a student is not selected, a 5th year may be required. Space is not guaranteed and re-application may be necessary.

Throughout the curriculum (whether pre-nursing or nursing) students may repeat one pre-requisite or nursing course. With the need for a second repeat of any pre-requisite or nursing course the student will be dismissed from the nursing program. If there are two repeats of pre-requisite courses in pre-nursing, the student will not be eligible for application to the nursing major.

Students who have a previous bachelor’s degree in a major other than Nursing may be considered for admission into sophomore Nursing class, however, a full three years will be required to complete Nursing coursework. The course load may be lighter depending on the number of Foundational Explorations classes already completed. PLNU does not offer an accelerated nursing program.

For further information:

Eligibility Requirements

Students are eligible to be considered for the Point Loma Nazarene University Nursing Program when the following minimum requirements are met:

  • Acceptance to PLNU as a Pre-Nursing Major.
  • Submission of an application for the nursing program. (Application forms available in December at the School of Nursing website) Deadline is February 1.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.000 or better on a four-point scale.
  • Completion of NSG 1050  with a minimum grade of “B.”
    • Caring Faithfully; Intro to Nursing (2 semester units - PLNU pre-nursing students only); transfer students will take concurrent with NSG 2050  /NSG 2051  
  • Completion of the following prerequisites (or equivalents) with a minimum grade of “C” (2.000) in each:
    • Inorganic and Organic/Biology Chemistry (4 semester units - with labs);
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 semester units - with labs);
    • General Psychology or Personal Identity (3 or 4 semester units);
    • Math equivalent determined by PLNU math placement test or achievement on SAT;
    • Human Development (3 semester units) strongly recommended prior to NSG 2050  ;
    • Nutrition (3 semester units); strongly recommended prior to NSG 2050  ;
    • A student may be considered with a repeat of one pre-requisite course (to achieve the minimum grade);
    • Transfer students must have all Pre-Requisite courses AND Microbiology completed at the time of application to the BSN program.
  • For PLNU first-time freshmen pre-nursing majors, BIO 1030  , BIO 1040  and CHE 1003  are required to be taken at PLNU and will not be accepted in transfer except for elective credit. Priority consideration for admission to the nursing major is given to PLNU pre-nursing students who have completed prerequisite sciences at PLNU.
  • Successful completion of a drug screen test.

Selection Process

The School of Nursing is not a direct-entry program. Eligible students are selected for admission to the nursing program by the School of Nursing Selection Committee. Selection is made on the basis of several criteria that may include, but is not limited to cumulative GPA, quality of entire application, letter of recommendation, units at PLNU, as well as additional criteria. Being a PLNU student and meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission into the nursing program as admission is competitive and space in nursing courses is limited. Students who are not selected for admission may consider taking a 5th year to improve their likelihood of admission. Space is not guaranteed and re-application may be necessary. Admission to the major is dependent on meeting the above criteria and upon the recommendation of the Selection Committee.

  1. The Selection Committee will meet to finalize the selection process after all spring grades are received. Students will be notified about selection decisions by mid-June.
  2. The Selection Committee may require an interview.

Health Status

Once accepted into BSN program:

  • Students must provide evidence that they are physically and emotionally able to perform the duties required.
  • A physical examination documented by a health care provider is required for matriculation in the SON. The examination includes current immunizations and tests as required by the San Diego Nursing Education Consortium.
  • Tuberculin testing is required annually during the program.
  • An annual influenza vaccine is required.
  • American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) certification/renewal is required every 2 years.

Background Check

Per agreement with the San Diego Nursing Service Education Consortium and affiliated hospitals, a background check and drug screen will be required prior to your first clinical experience and at other times throughout the program. If a flag occurs from either your background check or drug screening, this may result in immediate dismissal from the Point Loma Nazarene University BSN program.

Other Provisions

  • Clinical facilities have a wide geographical distribution. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to fulfill clinical requirements.  This also requires a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance.
  • A program fee will be assessed yearly to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Nursing students.
  • Students are required to purchase uniforms, watch with second hand, skills lab kit, and other equipment as necessary.
  • Students should be aware that the B.S.N. program is a full three years in length upon completion of prerequisite courses. Those with transfer credits will still need three years of Nursing courses to complete the degree.
  • Upon acceptance to the nursing program, a current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is mandatory for all Nursing majors in order to participate in clinical coursework. Cards from any agency other than AHA (e.g. American Red Cross or BART) are NOT acceptable.


Mary Adams, PhD, RN
Loyola University Chicago

Angelica Almonte, PhD, RN
University of San Diego

Heather Garcia, MSN, RN, CNS, CPN
Point Loma Nazarene University

Son Kim, PhD, RN
University of San Diego

Kristen Lambert, PhD, RN
University of San Diego

Jen King, DNP, RN, CNS, Associate Dean-RN-BSN Program
Point Loma Nazarene University

Anna Montejano, DNP, RN
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Carlota Quiban, PhD, RN
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Larry Rankin, PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Dean-Graduate Programs
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Michelle Riingen, DNP, RN, CNS-BC, Dean
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Monique Sawyer, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, Associate Dean-Traditional Undergraduate Program
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Sharon Smith, PhD, RN, FNP
University of California San Francisco

Molly Sperry, DNP, RN, CNE, CPN
American Sentinel University

Gary Wyer, MSN, MBA, RN
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    Point Loma Nazarene University offers four baccalaureate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Many of the 50+ major programs also offer in-depth concentrations.

    If a second major area of study is desired, all requirements for both majors must be met with a minimum of 24 units distinguishing the two areas of study. While working on a single baccalaureate degree, the maximum number of pursuits is two majors and two minors.

    Students should review the majors and minors list in the catalog.



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