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“This is an exciting time to be in the nursing field. Advances in healthcare are happening every day and there is a constant need to have qualified, compassionate nurses. Our professors keep up-to-date with changes in healthcare through continuous professional development and maintain active roles and relationships in the community.”
Miki Goodwin, PhD, RN, PHN
Chair of the Department of Nursing
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Bachelor's Degrees in Nursing

Holy Names University has been providing nursing education since 1957, when the first RN to BSN program in the US was offered here. Since then the Department of Nursing faculty have offered several options in nursing dependent on the changes occurring in healthcare. Currently, there are two undergraduate programs in nursing — RN to BSN and the Generic Program offered in partnership with Samuel Merritt University (SMU) — offered at Holy Names University that are student-focused and scheduled at times convenient for the students in each program.

The RN to BSN program is offered in the evenings and is delivered by interactive video to hospitals throughout the state and to nurses in their homes via a computer. Students in the RN to BSN program self-schedule so the length of time for completion of the program is up to the student.

The Generic Program provides the general education courses on campus for two years (Fall and Spring of each year) and if students maintain GPA of 3.00 they transfer to SMU for two years of nursing courses and receive the degree from SMU.

Graduates of all three options, which have received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), are eligible for obtaining the California Public Health Credential.

To download the HNU Department of Nursing philosophy and mission statement, please click here.

Download the 2013-2014 Nursing Program Catalog SupplementDownload a PDF

Download a detailed Master Information Brochure (MIB) about Holy Names University's Nursing Programs Download a PDF

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