Welcome to the Dominican University of California Department of Nursing. Nursing offers a versatile and rewarding career as generalists (BSN) or advanced generalists (MSN) in acute care, palliative care, hospice care, community/public health, school-based health, nursing informatics, nursing education, nursing leadership, and often entrepreneurial enterprises. Our goal is to prepare individuals who can serve the health care needs of people today and tomorrow.
The baccalaureate nursing program is an intense and demanding educational program that begins in the first semester sophomore year when students take such courses as health assessment, fundamentals of nursing, pathophysiology, and pharmacology I. By the time students complete their education, the student would have completed 1200 hours in clinical (acute care and community settings across the Bay Area). They will have developed life-long friendships with an extremely diverse student body and they will have cared for people from all walks of life. At the completion of the degree, graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam which provides licensure to practice the profession of nursing.
The masters of nursing program is designed for those RN's who are already licensed, registered nurses who have acquired either an associate's degree in nursing or a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The MSN program is a 2-year full-time (part-time study is also available) curriculum. The focus of the degree is to prepare the graduate as advanced generalists with advanced knowledge in pathophysiology , pharmacology, leadership, clinical skills sets, research. program planning and designs, evaluation, evidence-based practice, and creating positive change. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam and have the preparation to become major nursing leaders and change agents in the clinical arena.
The Department of Nursing continues to evolve in order to meet the needs of people with whom we work or for whom we are responsible. We have initiated opportunities for students to participate in faculty-led international clinical learning experiences that are usually 2-4 weeks in duration such countries as Guatemala, Spain, Sweden, Uganda, and hopefully Taiwan. Our students are women and men who represent many faiths, ethnic groups, and geographical regions. All wish to make a difference in the lives of others.