Program Format

APU’s rigorous academic experience is designed to facilitate development through solid intellectual inquiry, informed decision-making, and the application of ethical principles. A focus on Christian values and ethics is infused into all curriculum and into the development of learners by providing direction, purpose, and evaluation of personal and professional life actions.

Cohesive Format

The two-year ADN to BSN program covers 70 units at Pasadena City College (PCC) in courses such as pharmacology, psychology, medical-surgical, obstetrics, and pediatrics, and 50 units at Azusa Pacific, including pathophysiology, research and statistics, ethics and spirituality, and evidence-based practice.

To accommodate both programs, you will take one fully online BSN course per semester at Azusa Pacific alongside the traditional, campus-based ADN courses at the partnering institution. During the summer, you will complete two BSN courses in eight weeks.

After your fourth semester at PCC, you will earn an associate’s degree in nursing and take the state licensure exam to become a registered nurse. Following a final course in public health at Azusa Pacific, which includes an in-person clinical experience, you will earn a bachelor’s degree.

Cohort Model

Courses are taught sequentially, and the rich diversity of experiences students bring to the class results in lively discussions involving shared experiences. You will remain with the same group throughout the program, allowing you to develop a strong rapport with other group members, who act as a support system and career network.

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.

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