School of Nursing: Bachelor's & Graduate Degrees in Nursing (2024)

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As a nurse, your work is more than a job — it’s a sacred calling. You meet people in their weakest, most vulnerable, and joyful moments. To be the nurse your patients need requires more than skills and technology; it requires compassion, humble strength, and spiritual understanding.

PLNU'sSchool of Nursing (SON) offersyoua dynamic Christian environment to explore how to provide optimal healthcare through hands-on experience and research. You will have opportunities to build close relationships with other students and faculty in a rigorousyet supportive environment as you master evidence-based nursingpractices and learn to serve your patients holistically.PLNU offers various pathways to fit your educational goals and specialties, including Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and Post-Graduate Certificate programs.

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Academic Snapshot

PLNU's School of Nursing provides students an academic journey shaped by two important factors: mentorship from seasoned faculty, and practical experience through clinical hours and volunteering in the community.

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Duty Under Instruction (DUINS) at PLNU

PLNU is proud to partner with the U.S. Navy to offer qualified nurses and service members the opportunity to obtain their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) through the Duty Under Instruction (DUINS) program.

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Current Nursing Student

Kaitlyn Ecklund

As a senior nursing student at PLNU, my journey in healthcare has been driven by a passion for making a tangible difference in the lives of others. Growing up as a missionary kid in West Africa instilled in me a deep appreciation for diverse cultures and the importance of community well-being.

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Opportunity for Engagement

Medical Mission Trips for Nursing

Do you want to put your nursing skills to work in underserved regions of the world? Does the idea of international travel and cross-cultural service excite you?

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Opportunity for Engagement

Health Promotion Center

Are you excited by the prospect of using your nursing skills and knowledge to affect the world for good? As a PLNU nursing student, you don’t have to wait — you get the opportunity to put your education to work by providing health services to a diverse, underserved community in San Diego.

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School of Nursing: Bachelor's & Graduate Degrees in Nursing Programs

An education in nursing cultivates deep critical-thinking, communication, and research skills,incorporatingevidence-based practices thatprepareyou to be the best healthcare provider you can be, while also focusing on the spiritual and emotional side of caring for patients. Whatever area of nursing you feel called to, this program provides the opportunity to pursue your passions and interests.

California Nursing Students' Association (CNSA)

CNSA provides a community of support academically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, while promoting excellence and professionalism at PLNU and in the community.CNSA also offers valuable advantages to nursing studentsincluding educational resources, mentorships jobopenings, and evenscholarshipand loan forgiveness opportunities.


  • Nursing, B.S.
  • Nursing, LVN to BSN

Graduate Studies

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Healthcare Leadership
  • Nursing, M.S.

Adult Degree Completion

  • RN to BSN, Hybrid
  • RN to BSN, Online

Other Programs

  • Post-Graduate Certificate, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post-Graduate Certificate, Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Compassion Beyond Healthcare

In PLNU's School of Nursing, we know how critical a nurse'srole isin a patient’s healthcare journey. That’s why we’ve carefully tailored our programs to provide a complete education that not only equips you for every situation but also leads toouter and inner transformation.


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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program,and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Point Loma Nazarene University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education(

Opportunities for Engagement

Developing into an effective and relational nurse, inspired and guided by purpose, doesn't happen in isolation — it happens by coming face-to-face with new opportunities, people, places, and ideas. From getting involved in student-led pre-professional organizations and a semester learning in an underserved multicultural community in San Diego to a summer abroad and more, the SON offers a diversity of opportunities for meaningful engagement with big questions.

California Nursing Students' Association (CNSA) Looking for a community to both nurture and challenge you in your nursing career? If so, consider joining the California Student Nursing Association (CSNA).
Community Classroom for Nurses Do you have a desire to serve as a nurse in a multicultural or cross-cultural setting? Take advantage of Community Classroom.
Nursing Scholarships and Resources Are you passionate about nursing, but concerned about the cost of your education? Check out our compiled list of nursing-specific scholarships.
Medical Mission Trips PLNU offers international opportunities for nursing students. Learn more here.
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) PLNU hosts a local chapter of the International Honors Society of Nursing known as Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).

Department News & Events

  • NEWS The Lord’s Perfect Timing At the Health Promotion Center The PLNU Health Promotion Center is located at the Mid-City Church of the Nazarene. We have been serving the community at the faculty/student-run clinic for over 20 years.
  • NEWS Creating Health Training in Rural Ghana

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Our faculty serve as both teachers and mentors, committed to guiding you through a full and purposeful education. By helping you explore thought-provoking and influential ideas, analyze complex and difficult questions, and evaluate competing claims, you'll have access to an environment devoted to a meaningful exchange of ideas. An education at PLNU is both transformative and deeply impactful.

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Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the School of Nursing or any of our majors or minors, please reach out to us!

Undergraduate Programs
Annie Hendricks
Coordinator, School of Nursing
(619) 849-3249

Graduate Programs
Michael Simonian
Graduate Enrollment Counselor
(619) 563-2885

Meet Our Staff

Undergraduate Programs

Yvette Miranda
Director of Operations
(619) 849-7812

Annie Hendricks
Coordinator, School of Nursing
(619) 849-3249

Graduate Programs

Carol Fuerstnau
Programs Manager: Post-Licensure
(619) 849-2277

PLNU is committed to continuous and transparent alignment of our curriculum with the highest national standards.Learn about assessment.

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