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. The school was renamed in 2018 in honor of Sister Claire Tynan.


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, NCLEX licensure pass rates, post-graduation job success, and academic advancement for students who wish to earn higher degrees in nursing. Today, approximately 15 percent of students are male, with 85 percent undertaking their nursing education later in life or as a second career.

School of Nursing graduates take the NCLEX licensure exam after successfully completing the curriculum. For the past three years, the RN program had an NCLEX pass rate average of 97.75% and the LPN program had an NCLEX pass rate average of 96.65%.

Starting in the Fall, 2019, the Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing is moving to our beautiful new location overlooking the Hudson River in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Our new school location will provide students with the state of the art classroom and skills laboratory technology.

As a diploma school, the School of Nursing provides outstanding preparation to students for entry-level positions in nursing. The curriculum includes general education and science courses, in addition to the nursing-specific coursework.

Why choose the Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing?

  • For the past three years, the RN program had an NCLEX pass rate average of 97.75% and the LPN program had an NCLEX pass rate average of 96.65%.
  • Students participate in early clinical experiences at Holy Name Medical Center.
  • Hands-on experience allows students the opportunity to match theory with practice.
  • Clinical simulation experiences completed at Holy Name Medical Center’s nationally accredited Institute for Simulation Learning.
  • Three programs to choose from:
    • Registered Nurse (RN) - 2 years
    • Licensed Practice Nursing (LPN) - 1 year
    • LPN to RN Pathway
  • Seamless academic progression to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with School of Nursing partners, which include Saint Peter's University, Montclair State University, Bloomfield College, Thomas Edison State University, William Paterson University, and Walden University.
  • Experienced faculty who are active in the clinical setting
  • Accredited by New Jersey Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  • Attend classes at a beautiful campus overlooking the Hudson River.

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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