Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, CA 92106
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Point Loma Nazarene University 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 Diego.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 4,417 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 618 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 550 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 89%). Every year 74% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Point Loma Nazarene University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $34,000, and fees were $600. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $34,000 and $600 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students4,417
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Church of the Nazarene
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate89%

Nursing Programs

The Point Loma Nazarene University Nursing program is committed to offering a balanced program focusing on the human and spiritual aspects of nursing as well preparing students with physical and technical skills.

The curriculum concentrates on evidence based practice and offering a supportive Christian atmosphere and strong academic support and counseling.

The program processes applications to accept students in the fall semester with approximately 70 students accepted every year.

Applications for the program are available beginning from the 1st of December for enrollment in the following fall. The deadline for applications is the February 1st.

Licensed Vocational Nurses and Registered Nurses licensed in the State of California are allowed into the program with advanced standing on the basis of credit transfer and credit earned by examination.

Successful applicants will need to complete 128 semester units for graduation which will take approximately 4 years if pre-requisites are complete in a year for 5 if the student takes two years to complete the pre-requisites.

The nursing program requires successful applicants to submit to a background check and drug screening according to the arrangement with the San Diego Nursing Service Education Consortium and affiliated hospitals.

A student who fails the criminal background check or drug screening will be immediately dismissed from the program. 

The Point Loma Nazarene University Masters in Nursing, program is accredited by the CCNE and approved by the California Board of Nursing.

The MSN program is designed for students who are working professionals with classes offered just one night in a week and on Saturday mornings every two weeks given at the Mission Valley Regional Center.

The university’s cohort model allows students to interact within a MSN peers group allowing for maximum support and encouragement opportunities. The program is designed to enable students to have hands on practical experience in a range of settings.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Official transcripts
  3. A minimum grade point average of 3.0
  4. 250 word personal essay demonstrating advanced writing skills and professional and personal goals in pursuing a graduate degree
  5. Basic Statistics course
  6. Basic Computer literacy
  7. Interview as scheduled with the graduate nursing selection committee
  8. A minimum of 12 months of experience as a Registered Nurse

Students accepted into the program will need to meet the requirements set by clinical affiliates including:

  • Current, valid, unencumbered California licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse
  • Current CPR certificate for Healthcare Provider from the American Heart Association
  • Criminal background check and drug screening
  • Current health and physical clearance including screening for Tuberculosis
  • Current HIPAA certificate


Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 6 15
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 85.3%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
02/28/1949 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/12/1999 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2004 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1100 to 1290
ACT23 to 28
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor 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).
Application fee
Undergrads $55
Graduates $50

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$1,417/credit
In State Students$1,417/credit
Out of State Students$1,417/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$625/credit
In State Students$625/credit
Out of State Students$625/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 $63,765 $63,765 $63,765
ADN 70 $99,190 $99,190 $99,190
BSN 125 $177,125 $177,125 $177,125
FNP 50 $31,250 $31,250 $31,250
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, 92% of Point Loma Nazarene University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 22% $4,383
Other Federal Grant 3% $1,456
State Grant & Scholarships 23% $8,582
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 89% $13,386
Federal Student Loans 60% $5,350
Private Loans 5% $19,653


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$22,285
$30,001 to $48,000$24,877
$48,001 to $75,000$27,632
$75,001 to $110,000$30,970
Over $110,000$36,711

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

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
Point Loma Nazarene University
3900 Lomaland Dr
San Diego, CA 92106

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