Consistent with Dominican's mission, we educate baccalaureate level nurses who are prepared to provide professionally competent, culturally sensitive, and ethically grounded nursing care, who respect the innate dignity of human life, demonstrate leadership through multidisciplinary collaborations, and model good citizenship within a global community.

The educators and staff at the Department of Nursing all work to promote learning in an atmosphere that acknowledges the learner's unique needs and capabilities and provides a system of student support. We believe that mutual inquiry and respect facilitate the teaching-learning process. Recognizing that motivation and self-direction are essential to learning, the teacher serves as facilitator, role model, and resource person rather than solely as a transmitter of knowledge and skills.

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Commission On Collegiate Nursing Education

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

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California Board of Registered Nursing embedCalifornia Board Of Registered Nursing

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


International Nursing Honor Society

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.


Nursing Leadership

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Andrea Renwanz Boyle

Associate Dean of Nursing

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Faculty and Staff

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Andrea Renwanz Boyle

Associate Dean of Nursing
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Olivia Catolico, CNL, PhD, RN

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

Assistant Professor
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Erin Aradi, MA

Student Services Administrator
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Caroline Heredia

Program Assistant
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Noreen Kimelman, RN

Clinical Coordinator
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Lisa Wagenhurst, MA

Administrative Coordinator