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NAPA – Responding to continued demand for nursing degrees Pacific Union College is now offering both a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and a registered nurse program for adults in Napa.

The private, Adventist Angwin college has leased 2,300 square feet on Latour Court in south Napa and begun the training along with two degree completion programs.

“State budgets are tight and so are hospital budgets, but our programs are at capacity,” said Shana Ruggenberg, chair of the PUC nursing school.

The PUC nursing school goes back to the early days of the Adventist St. Helena Hospital, although the school didn’t offer a BSN until the 1980s. Demand for trained staff from community hospitals in the region has ensured continued expansion, and PUC has tucked its training programs into whatever space the hospitals could spare.

Until the recent move, the BSN program was given at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa and in other small hospitals as far south as Hanford near Fresno. That campus graduated its last class this year.

The RN program, the second portion of LVN to RN certification, was given at Travis Airforce Base.

“We started it at the request of the military, who wanted to give their medical technicians a traditional degree to help them transition to non-military jobs,” said Ms. Ruggenberg.

Although the program was open to civilians, security measures made it somewhat difficult for them to access the base.

The Travis RN training will continue, but the Napa campus will be much more convenient for non-military students, she said.

Pacific Union also offers non-traditional learning programs designed to help adults finish their degrees, located at the college in Angwin, the Yuba Community College in Clearlake and the City of Napa. Two degree completion programs in Napa operating from the Napa Gateway Business Park are now offered on Latour Court instead.

“It’s a large space; the four programs have plenty of room. We’ll graduate our first BSNs in January,” said Ms. Ruggenberg.

For more information visit www.puc.edu.