Continuing Education Programs

The Continuing Education Department for the School of Nursing focuses on the development and provision of programs that are responsive to the needs of health care providers (both individual and organizational) in our surrounding community. Courses are available for alumni and nurses in the community.


We offer these programs on a regular basis:

Faith Community Nursing

This is an eight-week online course (approximately 4–5 hours per week) concluding with a two-day retreat for an optimum educational and personal growth experience. Participants acquire knowledge, learn how to deal with common problems, reflect on personal spiritual development, develop a support system, and have the experience of a lifetime! The content includes introduction to the four major concepts of faith community nursing: the spiritual dimension, professionalism, holistic health, and community. FCN students attend worship services, present devotionals, and experience worship with emphasis on healing. The only prerequisite is that each participant be a currently licensed registered nurse.

Contact hours and fees1: 40 contact hours. Students must complete all online course work and attend the full retreat to receive the Faith Community Nursing certificate and pin that confirms they have completed the standardized core curriculum.

Dates: TBD

For questions related to this course, please contact Dr. Mary Lynne Knighten at

RN Refresher

This course is designed to prepare nurses who have been away from the nursing workforce for entry-level positions by providing the opportunity to perform and practice fundamental nursing procedures in a skills lab, to work with RN preceptors in medical-surgical nursing units to enhance knowledge and upgrade competency in clinical skills, and to orient nurses to the acute facility. Participants must have a current, unencumbered California RN license, malpractice insurance, background check, current CPR card, a negative PPD or chest X-ray, and have completed two phases of the three-part hepatitis B vaccination or submitted a waiver.

Contact hours and fees: 28 contact hours for lecture, 18 contact hours for clinical (46 total). The cost of the course is $1,525 (the cost for APU alumni is $1,425).

Dates: TBD

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Frequently Asked Questions

For questions related to this course, please contact Dr. Zarmine Naccashian at

For more information on our current courses, to suggest topics for courses you would like to see offered in the future, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact:

Elaine Goehner
Director of Continuing Education

For general questions, please contact Jasmine Lord at or (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6134.

Note: This information is current for the 2021-22 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.


  1. Fees are low due to in-kind support from APU and community partners.
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