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School of Nursing Admission Requirements

Admission to the Traditional and Two-Plus-Two (High Desert) BSN Programs

Admission to the university does not guarantee admission into the School of Nursing. Students interested in being considered for admission into a School of Nursing BSN program must indicate their desire on their application to the university.

Applicants will be reviewed by the School of Nursing Admissions Committee for possible admission into the university as well as one of the BSN programs: the Traditional Program or the Two-Plus-Two (High Desert) Program. The Traditional Program has been designed primarily for recent high school graduates, while the Two-Plus-Two (High Desert) Program meets the needs of the transfer student interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Determinations will be made and letters will be sent to the applicants indicating whether or not they have been accepted into the university as well as into one of the two BSN programs. Once accepted into a program, students must remain in that program for the duration of the nursing program.

Applicants who are not accepted into one of the School of Nursing BSN programs may still be admitted to the university. These applicants may consider coursework in preparation for application to the Entry-Level Master’s in Nursing program (ELM) designed for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in another major but are interested in pursuing a career in nursing.

Traditional Nursing Program

Applicants interested in the Traditional Nursing program must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Submit an application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions indicating interest in becoming a nursing major and pursuing the Traditional Nursing program. Include in that application the following information:
    1. Copies of all high school and college transcripts;
    2. Letters of recommendation as required by the university and the School of Nursing;
    3. A one-page statement of professional goals in nursing; and
    4. A résumé reflecting volunteer plus work experience within the past three years. Please include leadership positions within volunteer organizations, community service and/or employment where applicable.
  2. Complete applicable prerequisite courses with a grade of B (3.0) or better including the following:
    1. One year of high school chemistry (or CHEM 101 Introduction to Chemistry);
    2. One year of high school biology (or BIOL 101 Fundamentals of Biology);
    3. Two years of high school math (algebra or geometry). A math placement test is required unless the placement test is waived by an SAT 1 math score of 540+ or ACT math score of 23+. With either SAT 1 (540+) or ACT (23+) math score the student will be allowed to take college algebra. The college algebra course requirement is waived by a SAT 1 math score of 600+ or an ACT math score of score of 26+. However, this does not grant units for the course; and
    4. Students with a verbal SAT 1 score below 480 must take a writing placement test in English during registration. SAT 1 verbal score does not waive the Freshman Writing Seminar requirement. An AP English score of 3 or better waives the Freshman Writing Seminar course.
  3. Submit proof of achieving the minimum high school, college, or university cumulative grade-point average of B (3.00).
  4. Once a student has received a letter of acceptance into the School of Nursing, proof of the following must be provided prior to the beginning of the first nursing course (UNRS 105):
    1. Successful completion of anatomy with lab (4 units) and organic chemistry with lab (3 units), with no lower than a B- (2.7) grade-point avergage, with no lover than a C in each course. Note: A student is allowed only one opportunity to repeat a single science course to try to raise his/her grade prior to beginning nursing (UNRS) courses. Students must maintain a B- (2.7) average in all subsequent science coursework or be placed on academic probation;
    2. Credit or waive for college algebra;
    3. A current full physical examination clearance done within the past 12 months. This report is to be submitted the APU Student Health Center;
    4. Current two-step TB test, Hepatitis B, MMR titer, Varicella titer, and Tdap immunizations;
    5. A current background check;
    6. Ability to meet physical sensory technical standards required for safe and competent performance of the duties and skills needed for the nursing profession; and
    7. Current CPR with AED certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Providers for adults and children from the American Heart Association.

Two-Plus-Two (High Desert) Program

Transfer applicants interested in the Two-Plus-Two (High Desert) program must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Submit an application to Professional Enrollment Services indicating interest in becoming a nursing major and pursuing the Two-Plus-Two (High Desert) program. Include in that application the following information:
    1. Copies of all college transcripts;
    2. Letters of recommendation as required by the university and School of Nursing;
    3. A one-page statement of professional goals in nursing; and
    4. A résumé reflecting volunteer and paid work experience within the past three years. Please include leadership positions held within volunteer organizations, community service experience and/or employment where applicable.
  2. Submit evidence of a minimum of 60 college or university semester units of transferable nursing prerequisite course requirements prior to the semester in which the student is requesting admission. See section “Requirements and Sequences for the Traditional and Two-Plus-Two (High Desert) programs;”
  3. Submit proof of achieving a minimum cumulative college or university grade-point average of B (3.00) or better;
  4. Successfully complete Human Anatomy with lab (4 units), Organic Chemistry for health science with lab (3 units), Biochemistry (1 unit), Human Physiology (4 units), and General Microbiology with lab (4 units) with no lower than a B- (2.7) grade-point average, with no lower than a C (2.0) in each course.
  5. Receive credit for college algebra; and
  6. Once a student has received a letter of acceptance into the School of Nursing proof of the following must be provided:
    1. Full physical examination clearance done within the past 12 months. This report is to be submitted the APU Student Health Center;
    2. Current two-step TB test, Hepatitis B, MMR titer, Varicella titer, and Tdap immunizations;
    3. A current background check;
    4. Ability to meet physical sensory technical standards required for safe and competent performance of the duties and skills needed for the nursing profession; and
    5. Current CPR with AED certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Providers for adults and children from the American Heart Association.

Transfer Students with Nursing Credit

  1. Transfer applicants who have completed college nursing courses in nationally accredited nursing or other health care programs are evaluated individually and may be given credit for courses that meet the requirements.
  2. Up to 70 units of community college credit and additional units from a university (per registrar’s approval) may be transferred. No community college nursing credit will be transferred. Applicants may petition to have nursing units transferred from a nationally accredited university, but must receive administrative approval for inclusion in total credits. Some nursing courses may also be challenged by the applicant if they have taken similar coursework from another accredited university.
  3. Students with transferable nursing courses must take UNRS 270 Theories and Concepts in Professional Nursing prior to any other nursing course at APU except UNRS 220 Health Assessment, which may be taken concurrently.
  4. Transfer students with nursing credit must meet the Two-Plus-Two program requirements for transfer applicants above, plus:
    1. Submit a letter of recommendation/academic standing from the dean/director of the previous school to the School of Nursing;
    2. Submit course syllabi and catalog descriptions for all courses for which nursing transfer credit is requested to the School of Nursing; and
    3. The School of Nursing will only consider accepting nursing courses transferred in from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program.

International Students

International students are required to meet the same academic and admission requirements as other students in addition to the following:

  1. International students must complete Freshman Writing Seminar, one of the four required sciences taken at an accredited U.S. university with a minimum grade of C (2.0), and achieve a cumulative grade-point average of B (3.0) in all college courses completed at Azusa Pacific University after two semesters of full-time enrollment.
  2. The admission requirement for international students with English as a second language (ESL) is a minimum TOEFL score of 550. The School of Nursing specifies that the TOEFL Test of Written English (TWE) and TOEFL Test of Spoken English (TSE) be included in the TOEFL assessment score as these are critical to success in nursing. If the student has taken the IBT (Internet-Based TOEFL), the required scores is 85 percent or better.

If there are no TOEFL scores of written and spoken English, the student will be referred to Azusa Pacific University’s American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) for successful completion of evaluation and required testing. If deemed necessary, additional ESL courses may be required. (Information about taking the TOEFL examination can be obtained by contacting the Office of International Student Services.)

NOTE: Please check with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions regarding residency requirements prior to application.

Requirements and Sequences for the Traditional and Two-Plus-Two (High Desert) Programs

Both the Traditional and the Two-Plus-Two (High Desert) programs are based on a cohort model. Students are accepted into either the Traditional or the Two-Plus-Two program and progress through the curriculum in sequence with an assigned group of students.

All coursework assigned to a specific semester is prerequisite for progression to the next semester. Students in the Traditional program begin their nursing coursework either in the fall or spring semesters and continue in sequence for two consecutive semesters per year.

Students in the Two-Plus-Two (High Desert) program complete the required 60 units of prerequisite coursework and then begin nursing specific coursework either in the fall, spring, or summer semester and continue in sequence for three consecutive semesters per year.

Accelerated RN to BSN Students

View Accelerated RN to BSN admissions requirements.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.