USA Today named Azusa Pacific University among the 10 best U.S. colleges to earn a nursing degree for 2015-16. APU ranks No. 8, joining other prominent schools including Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and New York University. Those with nursing degrees will be in high demand in the next decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the profession to grow 16 percent by 2024, opening up 439,300 new jobs. Nursing is also one of the highest paying majors.

APU’s School of Nursing was recognized for its overall quality and its proven track record of preparing its nursing students for a successful and rewarding career. USA Today noted that the average early career salary for a nursing graduate of APU is $67,000. The methodology used to determine APU’s ranking included graduate earnings, degree market share, related major concentration, and accreditation.

“This ranking underscores the School of Nursing’s reputation for excellence in clinical training, scholarship, and Christian higher education, and positions APU as one of the premier nursing schools in the nation,” said Aja Tulleners Lesh, Ph.D., dean.

The APU School of Nursing celebrates 40 years of delivering exceptional nursing education. The school offers 4 undergraduate programs with 2 minors, 8 master’s programs, 2 doctoral degrees, multiple community service programs, strategic partnerships with hospitals and clinics, accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and approval from the California Board of Registered Nursing. The School of Nursing graduated nearly 600 last year, its largest class ever.


Rachel White
Associate Director of Public Relations
Phone: (626) 815-4502

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 71 bachelor’s degrees, 47 master’s degrees, 18 certificates, 14 credentials, 8 doctoral programs, and 3 associate‘s degrees, the university offers its more than 10,700 students a quality education on campus, online, and at six regional centers throughout Southern California.