Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, CA 92106

Point Loma Nazarene University is a privately run, not for profit institution, located in San Diego, California. It offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

The total number of students who applied in FALL 2016 was 3162 and 2195 students were accepted.

Point Loma Nazarene University in-state tuition for academic year 2016-2017 was $32,900 and fees $600. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $32,900 and $600 respectively.


Campus LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio15:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation
Church of the Nazarene
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate86%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. RN to BSN
  2. LPN to BSN
  3. LPN to ADN
  4. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)

    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


  5. BSN

    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. 

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 69
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 32
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Post-master's certificate 1

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Point Loma Nazarene University

University of San Diego
5.41 miles away
National University
13.55 miles away
Brandman University
71.61 miles away
Concordia University-Irvine
72.52 miles away
Vanguard University of Southern California
75.54 miles away
California Baptist University
84.51 miles away
Loma Linda University
92.36 miles away
Biola University
93.39 miles away
Western University of Health Sciences
97.16 miles away
Homestead Schools
98.71 miles away


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
SAT: Critical Reading510 to 620
SAT: Math520 to 620
SAT: Writing510 to 610
ACT Composite23 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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$24,171
30k to 48k$23,122
48k to 75k$27,290
75k to 110k$31,553
Over 110k$36,309
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,370.00 $1,370.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $610.00 $610.00

Student Population













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

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Point Loma Nazarene University
3900 Lomaland Dr
San Diego, CA 92106

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