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Course Requirements

Prerequisite Courses16 units
Chemistry with lab4
Human Anatomy (BIOL 250 - Includes Lab)4
Human Physiology (BIOL 251 - Includes Lab)4
Microbiology (BIOL 220 - Includes Lab)4
Support Courses and General Education Requirements24 units
Freshman Writing or English Composition3
College Algebra3
General Psychology3
History/Civics/Political Science3
Language and Literature3
Aesthetics and Creative Arts3
Religion (General Survey/Introduction to Biblical Literature)3
Courses40 units
RNRS 221
Health Assessment
RNRS 272
Theories and Concepts in Professional Nursing
RNRS 307
Theoretical Frameworks in Nursing
RNRS 327
Nursing Research and Statistics
RNRS 369
RNRS 412
Spiritual Formation and the Profession of Nursing
RNRS 448
Leadership in Health Care Settings*
RNRS 449
Theory and Practice in Community Health Settings*
RNRS 497
Ethics/Issues in Health Care
SOC 358
Human Diversity
Total40 units

*RNRS 448 and RNRS 449 are clinical courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?
Online degree programs may include requirements, procedures, and policies unique to the university’s more traditional programs. For more information on how to get started in an APU online program, contact us at (877) 816-6546 or at

How many units are in this program?
The program requires 40 semester units. A total minimum of 126 units are required for graduation with the B.S. degree.

Are scholarships available?
Several types of financial aid are available. The resources range from federal loans and state grants, to fellowships and scholarships. For details about financial aid programs, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services in the School of Adult and Professional Studies at (626) 815-5301.

How often do I need to be online for the online program?
You must be online sufficiently throughout each week to participate in threaded discussions and to complete all assignments by their designated deadlines. However, there is no prescribed amount of time that you will be required to be online because assignments and their deadlines will vary throughout each course.

Will I have to complete any part of my Online RN to BSN program at an APU campus location?
No. You can complete your degree entirely online. No campus visits or meetings are required. Clinical experiences will be at local facilities with which APU has contracted.

How soon can I finish this program?
This program can be completed in 15 months.

How many hours a week do I need to study?
There is no one answer that fits all students. The time a student needs to invest in order to be successful depends on the individual. The time required varies with the student’s experience, abilities, personal and work support systems, and course content. More hours may be required from those who have been out of school for many years and from those who have limited experience in accessing research studies or advanced level writing.

Where will I complete my clinical experiences?
You will most likely complete (either BNRS 448 or 449) your clinical hours for at least one of the clinical courses at your place of employment. APU’s School of Nursing has contracts with many facilities, but can also initiate new contracts if time allows. BNRS 448 requires a licensed acute care hospital (including psychology and rehabilitation) experience. BNRS 449 will be a community placement in a school system and/or community setting.

What happens if I get behind and need to withdraw from a course or the program?
First, let your professor and the director know immediately. There may be an option to take an incomplete grade in that course. The program is designed in a lock-step format, meaning courses typically follow in sequence and build upon each other. While there are some exceptions, a student will usually retake the course the next time it is offered either online or on campus. If it becomes necessary to withdraw, students must immediately communicate with the School of Nursing to avoid financial impact. The School of Nursing will assist them to determine the best approach for them academically, personally, and financially.

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.