Nursing & Health Sciences


The Nursing and Health Sciences Department includes programs preparing students for careers in allied health, emergency services, and nursing. For more information about the offerings within each area, select the Degrees and Programs link for the specific program.

Fast Facts


The PUC nursing program uses a two-step approach to educating students for a career in nursing. The education begins with the AS degree, which prepares students for RN licensure, and then continues on to complete the course requirements for the BSN degree. PUC offers an LVN to RN program (AS degree) in Napa, and offers the RN to BSN program on the Angwin campus. The AS degree is offered in a traditional two-year nursing program format. The LVN to RN and BSN programs are offered in a non-traditional core week format, designed for working healthcare professionals.

Centered in the Napa Valley, students have access to leading health care hospitals in the area, with clinical experiences at facilities located in Napa, Solano, Sonoma, and Lake counties. The curriculum, always responsive to current health needs, is based on scientific principles, current concepts of nursing, and progressive trends in nursing education.

The AS degree nursing program is approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, and both the AS and BSN degree nursing programs at PUC are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. ACEN 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (404) 975-5000.

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Emergency Services

The emergency services program educates individuals who are pursuing careers in emergency services and emergency services management. The program offers an A.S. degree in emergency services that includes preparing students for the position of emergency medical technician (EMT) as well as for other positions in related public safety fields. The B.S. degree in emergency management continues hands-on training with advanced classes necessary for long and successful professions in emergency services settings. Training includes vocational certifications in CPR, incident command, emergency vehicle operations, and emergency medical technician; courses cover areas such as resource management, public safety system design, disaster response, and public health.

Health Sciences

The A.S. in Health Sciences is a general studies degree with an emphasis on the life and social sciences. This degree is appropriate for students with an interest in the field of health sciences. Advising and curriculum is offered for students who wish to select a pre-professional program in conjunction with the A.S. in Health Sciences.

California EMS Authority

Pass rates for the National Registry of EMT exam

CA Board of Registered Nursing

Pass rates for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam

Program Completion Rates

Definition**: The number of students who complete the program in no more than 150% of the stated program length beginning with enrollment in the first nursing course.

AS Nursing – For the AS Program, 150% = 9 quarters.

Starting Academic Year Total Students Total Graduated 150% Time % Graduated 150% Time Total Graduated
2010-2011 104 89 86% 89
2011-2012 100 78 78% 78
2012-2013 100 87 87% 87
2013-2014 98 85 87% 85
2014-2015 95 84 88% 84
2015-2016 98 83 85% 83
2016-2017 96 Pending    

BSN Nursing – For the BSN Program, 150% = 5 quarters (full-time), 9 quarters (part-time)

Starting Academic Year Total Students Total Graduated 150% Time % Graduated 150% Time Total Graduated
2010-2011 67 45 67% 55
2011-2012 45 38 84% 41
2012-2013 65 52 80% 59
2013-2014 55 43 78% 46
2014-2015 68 53 78% 53
2015-2016 75 54 72% 61
2016-2017 67 48 72% 52
2017-2018 51 Pending    

Job Placement Rates

Definition**: The percentage of graduates employed in a position for which the program prepared them.

AS Nursing – Employment within 12 months of AS graduation, excluding enrollment in BSN (*or graduate program).

Academic Year of Graduation Total Graduates Total Enrolled in BSN Total Grads Not in BSN Total Employed, Not in BSN % Employed Excluding Enrollment in BSN
2012-2013 88 55 33 26 79%
2013-2014 81 56 25 20 80%
2014-2015 81 60 21 18 86%
2015-2016 89 60 29 20 69%
2016-2017 80 48 32 25 78%
2017-2018 85 Pending      

BSN Nursing – Employment within 12 months of BSN graduation.

Academic Year of Graduation Total Graduates Total Employed % Employed
2012-2013 48 43 90%
2013-2014 42 36 86%
2014-2015 41 36 88%
2015-2016 64 60 94%
2016-2017 78 72 92%
2017-2018 54 Pending  

Nursing & Health Sciences

Pacific Union College
One Angwin Avenue
Angwin, CA 94508

Phone: (707) 965-7262
Fax: (707) 965-6499
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Pamela Bobst
(707) 965-7606
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