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The Department of Nursing is committed to providing exceptional undergraduate and graduate nursing programs taught by professor-mentors in a dynamic learning community.

Since launching our first nursing program in 2006, we have been a center of excellence in Christian nursing education that integrates our University values of truth, virtue and service. Vanguard nursing program alumni leave committed to compassionate, holistic patient care – mind, body and spirit.

The Department of Nursing facilitates an academic environment that promotes the integration of faith and learning in personal and professional life. The department’s rigorous curriculum across programs are designed to present course content from a Christian worldview. Personal faith and spiritual care in nursing are paramount in optimally caring for individuals and their families.  

This faith perspective is role modeled by faculty in the classroom, simulation lab and clinical areas. Faculty endeavor to create sacred spaces that promote open, honest and scholarly discussion fostering integrity, moral courage, discovery and authenticity. 

With undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs, a Vanguard nursing education prepares you every step of the way as you advance your nursing career. 

The Department of Nursing offers the following degree options:

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Graduate Degree Programs

Additional Programs

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Vanguard University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

A Sampling of Nursing Courses

Physical Assessment

Research Methodologies & Proj. Development

Interventions & Health Promotion

Program Highlights

Faculty Mentorship

Faculty invest in students on personal level and partner with students to help them achieve their career goals. 

Small Class Sizes

Class sizes are intentionally small to encourage discussion and individual learning.

On-Campus & Online Options

The program has flexibility and multiple options designed to coordinate well with your work schedule.

State-of-the-Art Equipment

Two state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Labs serve students across all programs.

Local Partnerships

Students take part in clinical education at leading partner health care facilities and participate in a variety of community-based experiences.

Financial Aid

Many students receive financial aid. Visit vanguard.edu/financialaid for more information.

What Students Are Saying

Make a Difference

Nursing graduates work in and pursue advancement across all areas of the discipline.

Recent alumni work for:

  • Children's Hospital of Orange County
  • Hoag Health System
  • Providence St. Jude Medical Center
  • Providence St. Joseph Hospital Orange
  • Providence Mission Hospital Mission Viejo
  • Theo Lacy Jail
  • OC Global Medical Center
  • MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center

Recent alumni work as:

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Clinical Instructor
  • School Nurse
  • Nurse Navigator
  • Hospital Nurse Educator
  • Population Health Nurse
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Recent alumni study at:

  • Vanguard University
  • California State University Long Beach
  • California State University Fullerton
  • Georgetown University 
  • University of Southern California
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Maryville University
  • Herzing University 

Program Faculty

I am honored and blessed to be at VU and with the nursing department team and students.I love seeing the students learn and grow, who put God first, and who provide compassionate and safe care.

Katherine Tong, PhD, MSN,
Director of Nursing

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