Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will prepare you to meet the health care needs of diverse populations across the lifespan. Students focus on clinical excellence through practice in a variety of acute care, long-term care, and community settings, as well as in state-of-the-art clinical simulation labs. We also offer faculty mentoring, engaged learning, and opportunities for research and international study. 

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is an intensive six semester educational program, including courses such as health assessment, fundamentals of nursing, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nursing research, and nursing leadership. Incoming first-year students will begin the program with two or three semesters of pre-nursing coursework.

At the completion of the program, students will have also completed more than 1,000 clinical and lab hours, cared for individuals from all walks of life while developing life-long friendships with members of a diverse student population. Dominican nursing students are women and men who represent many faiths, ethnic groups, and geographic regions. All wish to make a difference in the lives of others.
 
The baccalaureate program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and is accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education.

Career Paths

Registered nurses (RNs) with a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN) work in a variety of settings and locations world wide. Career settings include acute care (caring for hospitalized patients), clinics, homecare, school nursing, education, research, administration, correctional, community/public health, rehabilitation, palliative care, and occupational health.   

NCLEX Pass Rates

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN state board examination and also qualify for a Public Health Nursing Certificate in California. Review the California Board of Registered Nursing website for information regarding Dominican's most recent NCLEX pass rates.

Admissions Requirements and Process

We welcome high school seniors to apply to our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. First-Year Students are admitted to either a 4-Year Degree Track  or a 4.5-Year Degree Track.

Dominican's Nursing Program for first-year students is direct entry based on successful completion of the pre-nursing requirements listed in the degree tracks. 

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Dominican offers direct entry to the nursing program for transfer students. Transfers should declare Nursing on their general application to the University. The Admission Requirements are:

  1. GPA of 3.25
    Students must have at least a 3.25 cumulative and prerequisite GPA to be considered for admission. The admission process for nursing transfers is competitive with a limited number of spaces available. 

    Students who do not pass more than one class required for the nursing major (i.e., prerequisite, co-requisite, or Nursing) are disqualified from being in the nursing program. Exception: courses that were initially taken more than five years ago.
  2. Prerequisite Courses
    Students must pass all prerequisite courses (see below) with a minimum 3.25 GPA. Priority is given to students who have completed all prerequisite requirements before applying. 
  3. 'B' Passing Grade in Anatomy and Physiology
    The minimum passing grade in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology in a student's first attempt is a ‘B’.

    Prerequisite courses repeated in order to raise the GPA will be disregarded. Exception: courses that were initially taken more than five years ago.
  4. Health Clearance
    Before entering the Nursing program, admitted students must meet the health clearance requirements listed in the section below.

Please note:

  • The TEAS is not required for admission to the Nursing Program.
  • Transfer students enrolled and in good standing at an accredited RN Nursing School or who have been enrolled and in good standing within one semester, may apply for advanced standing.
  • Course equivalency for previous nursing education is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • All nursing sciences have a five-year recency requirement.
  • All missing prerequisite courses must be completed within one semester of matriculation to Dominican. 

Prerequisite Courses

Before applying, check out our Transfer Course Equivalency Chart to see whether your classes satisfy the university's Nursing prerequisite requirements. We also have general education articulation agreements with many Bay Area community colleges.

  1. Human Anatomy/lab (min. grade = B)
  2. Human Physiology/lab (min. grade = B)
  3. Health Science Chemistry/lab (only classes that include organic chemistry or integrated general, organic, biochemistry content will be accepted.)
  4. General or Introduction to Psychology
  5. College Writing/Composition
  6. Public Speaking
  7. Intro Sociology OR Cultural Anthropology OR transfer equivalent that meets Civic Knowledge and Engagement CORE category

Nursing Admission Transfer Deadlines

Fall March 1st
Spring Sept. 1st

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Prerequisite courses must be completed as a pre-nursing student before being admitted into the Nursing program. Students will enter clinical nursing coursework in either Fall or Spring Semester. Clinical experiences in the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years take place at a variety of affiliated agencies. Throughout the program, theory classes are held on the Dominican campus.

The Admission Requirements are:

  1. GPA of 3.25
    Students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA.

    Students who do not pass more than one class required for the nursing major (i.e., prerequisite, co-requisite, or Nursing) are disqualified from being in the nursing program. Exception: courses that were initially taken more than five years ago.
  2. Prerequisite Courses
    Students must pass (or have in progress) all prerequisite courses (see below) with a minimum 3.25 GPA.
  3. 'B' Passing Grade in Anatomy and Physiology
    The minimum passing grade in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology is a ‘B’. Previously passed prerequisite courses repeated in order to raise the GPA will be disregarded. Exception: courses that were initially taken more than five years ago.
  4. Health Clearance
    Before entering the Nursing program, admitted students must meet the health clearance requirements listed in the section below.

Prerequisite Courses

Please review the program requirements for continuing students.

  1. Human Anatomy/lab (min. grade = B)
  2. Human Physiology/lab (min. grade = B)
  3. Chemistry for Health Sciences
  4. Introduction to Psychology
  5. Effective Communication 1
  6. Approved course within Civic Knowledge & Engagement CORE category

Contact the Nursing Department with questions.

Before entering the Nursing program, admitted students must meet the health clearance requirements of all associated agencies in order to ensure the safety and well-being of patients encountered in the clinical setting. This includes:

  • A physical exam
  • Health history
  • Two step TB screening
  • Required immunizations
  • Drug test
  • Background check

Specialized Nursing Programs

If you earned your nursing degree from outside the United States, but need to repeat courses before you can practice as a registered nurse in California and sit for the NCLEX licensing exam, Dominican offers a program for you. 

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Individuals who have held an occupation in the military may apply for advanced placement into the second semester of the DUC undergraduate traditional nursing program (contingent upon space availability). 

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Dominican University of California’s chapter: Rho Alpha

Dominican University has an active chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. Meetings take place monthly with spectacular speakers sharing the latest information on current professional nursing issues. Chapter president, Dr. Alicia Bright RN MSN CNS, provides leadership for undergraduate students towards regional, national and international honor society involvement. Contact the Nursing Department for information on the monthly speaker series and on the spring induction ceremony.

Accreditation

Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Dominican University of California is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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The baccalaureate program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Admissions and Aid

A degree from a private university like Dominican University of California is more accessible than you might think. For most students there is no application fee and we don't ask for test scores. We're also proud to say that more than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive financial aid, which makes paying for school within reach.

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Clinical Simulation Services

Our learning labs allow students to collaborate with their peers and faculty in order to gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their prospective healthcare fields.

Clinical Simulation Services

Meet the Faculty and Staff

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Andrea Renwanz Boyle

Professor and Department Chair
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Ellen Christiansen, DNP, MSN

Assistant Professor
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Debbie J. Daunt, MSN

Assistant Professor
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Margaret Fink, EdD, RN

Professor of Nursing
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Patricia R. E. Harris, PhD

Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Luanne Linnard-Palmer, EdD, MSN, RN

Professor of Nursing/Pediatric Nursing

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Robert Pope, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Erin Aradi, MA

Student Services Administrator
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Noreen Kimelman, RN

Clinical Coordinator
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Lisa Wagenhurst, MA

Administrative Coordinator
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Olivia Catolico, CNL, PhD, RN

Professor and Co-Assistant Director BSN Program
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Rafael Romo, PhD, PHN, RN

Assistant Professor
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Caroline Heredia

Program Assistant
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Lisa Wagenhurst, MA

Administrative Coordinator

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