Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA 94901
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Dominican University of California is one of the one hundred thirty-eight private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges in California. The campus is located in an urban area, in San Rafael.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 1,744 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 242 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 208 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 86%). Every year 72% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Dominican University of California's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $44,240, and fees were $450. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $44,240 and $450 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students1,744
Student to Faculty Ratio9:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate86%

Nursing Programs

The Dominican University Master of Science in nursing focuses on the Clinical Nurse Leader specialty to offer advanced education for the nurses working at the point of care.

The MSN program is a 32 credit program designed for students with a BSN degree. The program offers a flexible schedule with classes meeting just once a week on a week day and opportunities for international clinical experience.

Graduates from the MSN program are eligible to apply for national certification as Clinical Nurse Leader by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Admission Requirements

  1. Application for admission
  2. Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  3. Official transcripts for baccalaureate coursework (as well as graduate level coursework if applicable)
  4. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 for the last 60 units of college work
  5. Two professional or academic recommendations
  6. Resume
  7. A written statement describing professional and personal goals in pursuing a graduate degree
  8. Current, valid and unencumbered California license to practice as a Registered Nurse
  9. Interview with the admission committee (as required)
  10. Meet all requirements for prerequisite courses (including Basic Statistics and Nursing Research taken within the last 5 year with a ‘B’ minimum)

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 12 77
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 82.9%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
03/31/1949 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2004 - 05/18/2014
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2004 - 05/18/2014



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1040 to 1215
ACT20 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,850/credit
In State Students$1,850/credit
Out of State Students$1,850/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$950/credit
In State Students$950/credit
Out of State Students$950/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $83,250 $83,250 $83,250
ADN 70 $129,500 $129,500 $129,500
BSN 125 $231,250 $231,250 $231,250
FNP 50 $47,500 $47,500 $47,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 98% of Dominican University of California's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 29% $4,338
Other Federal Grant 15% $1,826
State Grant & Scholarships 32% $7,924
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 98% $22,237
Federal Student Loans 69% $5,608
Private Loans 7% $18,975


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$30,462
$30,001 to $48,000$27,520
$48,001 to $75,000$29,420
$75,001 to $110,000$33,186
Over $110,000$39,177

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Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901

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