About Bridge to BSN

The Bridge to BSN allows ADN students to get an early start on coursework for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Students begin taking prerequisite classes at Azusa Pacific during their final year at community college, and progress to BSN coursework at APU following completion of their ADN. Prior to taking upper division courses, students should obtain their RN licensure.

Bridge to BSN courses are available at APU’s Azusa campus and Monrovia classrooms, as well as the High Desert, Inland Empire, and San Diego regional campuses, enabling students to finish their degree close to home and work.

Convenient Format

Students can complete the ADN to BSN in 15 months by taking classes simultaneously with their final year in an ADN program at a community college. Following completion of the ADN, students will enroll in the remaining coursework to obtain their BSN from Azusa Pacific University within one year. Classes are offered 1–2 nights a week.

Time Commitment

Each class requires that students meet for five hours, from 5–10 p.m., once a week or participate online for a comparable amount of time each week. The time you need to invest in order to be successful is very individualized. The time required varies with the student's experience and abilities, personal and work support systems, and course content. More hours may be required from those who have been out of school for many years and, for example, those who have limited experience in accessing research studies or advanced level writing. Time is spent each week applying new knowledge outside of the classroom and online in addition to the work setting and personal life.

Clinical Experiences

Students will most likely complete (either RNRS 448 or RNRS 449) clinical hours for at least one of the clinical courses at their place of employment. APU's School of Nursing has contracts with many facilities, but can also initiate new contracts if time allows. RNRS 448 requires a licensed acute care hospital (including psychology and rehabilitation) or outpatient experience. RNRS 449 will be a community placement in a school system and/or community health setting. California-licensed RNs will be qualified for a Public Health Certificate from the BRN upon RNRS 449 course completion.

School of Nursing Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master‘s degree in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at Azusa Pacific University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The traditional baccalaureate nursing program, upper-division transfer (2+2/LVN to BSN) programs, entry-level master‘s program, and the nurse practitioner program are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Azusa Pacific University (APU) is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2019 rankings, and also ranked No. 22 for First-Year Experience, No. 23 in Service Learning, and No. 31 in Campus Ethnic Diversity. In addition, Forbes and The Princeton Review included Azusa Pacific in their America’s Top Colleges 2019 and 2020 Best Western Colleges rankings, respectively. Azusa Pacific is also a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon University, serving more than 500 military-connected students and families, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral Research University.

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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