ADN-BSN Integrative Enrollment Pathway FAQ

How does the Integrative Enrollment Pathway work?

If you enroll in the Integrative Enrollment Pathway, you will follow the traditional course of study for ADN students at your college while also being simultaneously enrolled at APU in BSN courses. The curricular pathway is designed to be complementary between both institutions.

BSN courses are offered online only, so classroom time is not taken away from your ADN coursework. There is one clinical requirement for the BSN during the public/community health course, and it can be completed in the summer or during a semester after you graduate from your ADN program.

Who can enroll in the ADN-BSN Integrative Enrollment Pathway?

The ADN-BSN Integrative Enrollment Pathway is open to ADN students at select partnering institutions. Currently, APU has a partnership with:

Pasadena City College

The PCC-APU Integrative Enrollment Pathway is a two-and-a-half-year, full-time program for qualified applicants who are accepted to PCC’s ADN program and who meet all the program requirements and apply for admission to APU.

What are the program eligibility requirements?

To be considered for the Integrative Enrollment Pathway, you should:

  • Complete the nursing program application at the partnering institution. Select the Integrative Enrollment ADN/BSN option on your application.
  • Complete all prerequisites and lower-division GE requirements at the partnering institution.
  • Meet the overall minimum GPA of 2.75 in all nursing courses and an overall GPA of 2.75 prior to starting BSN coursework at APU.
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA in all coursework while enrolled in the Integrative Enrollment program.

What prerequisites and lower-division general education courses are required?

Pasadena City College

View the prerequisites and lower-division GE course requirements at PCC.

Are there other options for ADN students to earn a BSN?

Yes! In addition to the ADN to BSN Integrative Enrollment Pathway, you may also want to consider the:

  • RN to BSN program: If you’ve already completed or plan to complete your ADN program, this is a popular pathway for earning your BSN in an accelerated format.
  • Bridge to BSN program: If you want to get an early start on coursework for your BSN, but attend an institution that isn’t yet eligible for the Integrative Enrollment Pathway, this is a common sequential enrollment option.

Can I apply for admission to both the Integrative Enrollment Pathway and the traditional ADN nursing cohorts?

Yes. You can select both the Integrative Enrollment Pathway option, if eligible, and the traditional ADN program option. Students are then selected based on the enrollment criteria. Please note that you must be formally admitted to the traditional ADN program before you apply to the Integrative Enrollment Pathway.

Where will I take classes?

You will take your traditional ADN courses at your partnering institution:

Pasadena City College — Health Sciences Division, PCC Foothill Campus

You will take your BSN courses at Azusa Pacific in an online format, completing 1 course per semester. During summers, you will complete 2 courses in 8 weeks.

If you prefer, you may petition to take your BSN courses in-person at APU’s Monrovia campus. In-person courses are held on Wednesday evenings from 5-10 p.m. and are subject to availability. Summer courses are offered in-person on Tuesday/Thursday evenings from 5-10 p.m. at our main campus in Azusa, also subject to availability.

Once I am enrolled, what policies should I follow?

During any of your courses, refer to and follow the student policies of the institution that offers the course, which includes conduct, behavior, academic integrity, and any other requirements. You can consult your respective student handbooks for more information.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available! Please contact the Student Services Center at or (626) 815-2020 for details about financial aid at Azusa Pacific, or contact your financial aid counselor at the partnering institution.

Can I drop out of the program or defer classes?

You can drop the program, but you will not be able to rejoin at a later date. If you must drop out of the Integrative Enrollment program, you may choose to take summer classes with APU’s Bridge to BSN cohorts until you graduate from your ADN program. Alternatively, you may also consider joining APU’s RN to BSN program after you graduate with your ADN. Withdrawal policies do apply and could impact your financial aid, so talk with your Student Account Specialist beforehand to discuss any questions or concerns. Contact the Student Services Center at or (626) 815-2020) to work with a Student Account Specialist.

How long will it take me to complete the BSN portion of this program?

After graduating with your ADN, you can complete the BSN degree in just six months by attending full-time.

When will I be able to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam?

You will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination upon graduation from the ADN portion of your program.

Why should I earn my BSN?

BSN-prepared graduates are considered entry-level practice in the state of California and are highly valuable to healthcare organizations. Nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree have been shown to improve patient outcomes and are sought-after by hospitals and other healthcare employers.

Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 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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