Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Nazarene University is one of the 138 private 4-year, not-for-profit colleges in California. Its campus is small in size and located in San Diego. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.
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 students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.
Point Loma Nazarene University's in-state tuition for 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.
|Campus LocaleLarge City|
|Student to Faculty Ratio14:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation |
Church of the Nazarene
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Offered
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.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
- Official transcripts
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0
- 250 word personal essay demonstrating advanced writing skills and professional and personal goals in pursuing a graduate degree
- Basic Statistics course
- Basic Computer literacy
- Interview as scheduled with the graduate nursing selection committee
- 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|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||0||0|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1100 to 1290|
|ACT||23 to 28|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program 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).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$1,417/credit|
|In State Students||$1,417/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,417/credit|
|In District Students||$625/credit|
|In State Students||$625/credit|
|Out of State Students||$625/credit|
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|
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.
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|
|Other Federal Grant||3%||$1,456|
|State Grant & Scholarships||23%||$8,582|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||89%||$13,386|
|Federal Student Loans||60%||$5,350|
$31,349Average Net Price/year
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|
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