General Catalog 2018-2019
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School of Nursing and Health Professions

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The mission of the School of Nursing & Health Professions (SONHP) is to advance nursing and health professions education within the context of the Jesuit tradition. The school uses dynamic and innovative approaches in undergraduate and graduate education to prepare professionals for current and future practice domains. The goal is to effectively link classroom, clinical and field experiences with expectations for competence, compassion, and justice in health care, protection and promotion within the context of the highest academic standards.


Congruent with the core values of the university, the values of the School of Nursing and Health Professions are to:

  • Create and maintain an environment that promotes excellence in the health professions' academic endeavor based on: mutual respect, transparency, collaboration, professionalism, creativity, diversity, cultural sensitivity and spirituality.
  • Demonstrate the personal values of: integrity, academic excellence, respect for self and others, compassion and caring, personal growth, responsibility, and accountability, professionalism, a passion for justice, and personal health and well-being.
  • Positively influence nursing practice and health care environments by promoting: health and wellness, holistic, patient-centered care, patient advocacy, a spirit of inquiry and evidence-based practice, safety and quality improvement, cost effective care, emerging technologies balanced with a humanistic approach, professional and ethical decision-making, increased access to care, especially for vulnerable populations, an effective public health infrastructure, and, lifelong learning.


Master's programs

Graduates of our master’s programs enter the fields of nursing education, health care management, health care administration, teaching, and more, and join a vibrant community of health care providers in one of the nation’s most diverse landscapes.

Doctoral Programs

We’ve designed our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs to embrace progressive thought that draws on the values of our Jesuit mission. State-of the-art facilities, full-time Fulbright Scholars and more than 200 Bay Area health care institutions provide doctoral students with every opportunity to advance their careers.


The School of Nursing and Health Professions offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a variety of track options providing one-of-a-kind opportunities for interprofessional collaboration. Different track options include the following:

The nursing programs are accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).The public health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).