Which BSN Program is Right for Me?

Interested in becoming a nurse or advancing your nursing career, and looking to identify the right program to fit your experience and situation? More hospitals and healthcare organizations are requiring nurses to have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to better serve patient needs by improving patient outcomes, learn and use sophisticated technology systems, and adapt to the complex, ever-changing healthcare landscape. Whether you are beginning to pursue a career in nursing, looking to continue your nursing education, or you are an RN or LVN seeking a BSN, Azusa Pacific’s BSN programs prepare nurses to lead the way in providing compassionate care to help treat the whole person.

View the programs and their requirements below, and see which one is right for you.

Traditional BSN Program

The traditional nursing major, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, is a rigorous, four- to four-and-a-half year program for first-time, traditional undergraduate students who want to become a registered nurse but have no prior nursing education or experience.

  • Program Units: 130 (includes General Education requirements)
  • Average Completion Time: 4-4½ years
  • Location: Azusa
BSN 2+2 Transfer Program

For students with no nursing experience, but who have some college credit or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, the BSN (2+2 Upper-Division Transfer Program) may be for you. To apply, students must have a minimum of 60 units of transferable prerequisite course requirements. The Transfer BSN program is only offered at APU’s High Desert Regional Campus in Victorville.

  • Program Units: 71
  • Average Completion Time: 2 years
  • Location: High Desert
Bridge to BSN

This program is only for students currently enrolled in an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at a community college. The Bridge to BSN allows students to get a jump start on their BSN prerequisites while enrolled in an ADN program. Students take prerequisites courses with APU during the summer, then upon completion of their ADN, transition into APU to complete their BSN degree.

  • Program Units: 40
  • Average Completion Time: 15 months
  • Location: Azusa, High Desert, Inland Empire, San Diego

This accelerated program for registered nurses with a current RN license, whether working or not, prepares students with additional skills and knowledge to complete the BSN and advance their nursing careers. The RN to BSN program is also available online.

  • Program Units: 40
  • Average Completion Time: 15 months
  • Locations: High Desert, Inland Empire, Monrovia, San Diego, Online

This program is for licensed vocational nurses with a current LVN license at least 60 units of transferable credit who want to complete the BSN to advance their skills and knowledge in the profession.

  • Program Units: 67-71
  • Average Completion Time: 2 years
  • Location: Monrovia

Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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