At a Glance

Program units


Total units to graduate


Average completion time

4-4½ years


BRN, CCNE, WSCUC (formerly WASC)

*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

APU’s BSN program equips students to provide effective, compassionate health care. The program provides a solid foundation in nursing care for individuals, families, communities, and people groups across the lifespan and in a wide variety of environments. Students take part in multiple clinical experiences at leading research-based centers, teaching hospitals, and other community health centers throughout the curriculum, beginning with the first nursing course.

The School of Nursing offers two BSN program options: the Traditional option and the Upper-Division Transfer option.

Nursing majors also have access to state-of-the-art technology, such as simulators and virtual patients. The program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for public health certification.

Throughout the nursing degree, students are encouraged to examine the intersection of the Christian faith and their nursing career, their personal spiritual growth, and the concept of spiritual care. Nursing majors leave APU with excellent skills necessary to positively impact their patients' lives.

Is the BSN Right for You?

You’re a nursing major if you:

  • Are fascinated by the workings of the human body.
  • Are thorough and detail-oriented, and work well under pressure.
  • Have a heart to help others, and enjoy working with people.
  • Don’t mind working irregular hours, on weekends, and holidays.
  • Have a talent for explaining things clearly.

Learn more about this major.

Already Have a Bachelor’s Degree?

If you have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing, consider the Entry-level Master’s Program to earn both your Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing.

Already an LVN or RN?

APU offers LVN to BSN and RN to BSN programs that help students with LVN or RN certification add the necessary coursework in order to earn a BSN degree.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.