Our Name

Sister Claire Tynan, CSJP, was a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, and a former Director of the School of Nursing who ministered at Holy Name Medical Center for 49 years in various capacities until her passing in 2009. Caring and insightful, she was a dedicated teacher and inspirational presence to generations of nursing students.


At a Glance

The education of nurses has always been an integral part of the Holy Name Medical Center healthcare mission. Founded in 1925 with Holy Name Hospital as Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, the school began with a class of 13 women and is now one of the largest and most respected coeducational diploma schools of nursing in New Jersey.

Renamed Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing in 2018, the school has a long history of outstanding nursing education, post-graduation job success, and academic advancement for students who wish to earn higher degrees in nursing. Today, approximately 10 percent of students are male, with 85 percent undertaking their nursing education later in life or as a second career.

School of Nursing students take the NCLEX licensure exam after completing the course of study, and score consistently higher than students from many other nursing programs in the region. According to registerednursing.org, Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing's RN program is ranked #4 among the top 10 nursing schools in New Jersey; practicalnursing.org ranks the school's LPN program #8 in New Jersey. Both rankings are based on students' NCLEX high pass rates.

As a diploma school, the School of Nursing gives outstanding preparation to students for entry-level positions in nursing. The curriculum covers general education and prerequisite courses, in addition to the nursing-specific coursework, which encompasses the subjects listed below:

  • Clinical practice
  • Basic pharmacology
  • Nursing informatics
  • Elements of patient care
  • Introduction to patient care specialties
  • Lifespan nursing concepts (infant, child adult, family, geriatric)
  • Psychology and sociology

Why choose the Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing?

  • Students participate in early clinical experience on campus at Holy Name Medical Center, within the first few weeks of beginning classes.
  • Hands-on experience allows students the opportunity to match theory with practice.
  • The School's NCLEX nursing exam pass rates are consistently higher than the national average for both RN and LPN graduates.
  • Three programs to choose from:
    • Registered Nurse (RN) – 2 years
    • Licensed Practice Nursing (LPN) – 1 year
    • LPN to RN Pathway
  • Opportunities to obtain a Bachelor of Nursing degree with School of Nursing partners, which include Saint Peter's University, Montclair State University, Bloomfield College, Thomas Edison State University, William Paterson University, Walden University and University of Phoenix (cohort).
  • Experienced faculty who are active in the clinical setting
  • Accredited by New Jersey Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Where Can You Practice?

Because the School of Nursing's program is hospital based, the emphasis is on patient or clinical practice and care. This is highly desirable, as students spend a great deal of time in clinical courses at Holy Name Medical Center's nursing units while earning their diploma, making them ready to "hit the ground running" in a variety of patient care settings, including:

  • Hospitals and other acute care settings
  • Physicians' offices
  • Home health services
  • Assisted-living facilities
  • Long-term nursing care facilities
  • Outpatient departments and clinics
  • Schools
  • US Military


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