General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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School of Nursing Admission Requirements

Admission to the university does not guarantee admission into the School of Nursing. Students interested in being considered for admission into the nursing major must indicate their desire on their application to the university.

Applicants will be reviewed by the School of Nursing Admissions Committee for possible admission into the university as well as the BSN program.

Determinations will be made and letters will be sent to the applicants indicating whether or not they have been accepted into the university and the BSN program. Once accepted into a program, students must remain in that program for the duration of the nursing program.

The BSN program is designed with a specific course sequence; when a student is accepted into a program, a progression schedule is reviewed by the student and the advisor. Since the Traditional BSN program is based on a cohort model, all coursework assigned to a specific semester is prerequisite for progression to the next semester. Students admitted from high school to the traditional BSN program will be placed in either a fall (4½-year program) or a spring (4-year program) cohort.

Applicants who are not accepted into one of the School of Nursing BSN programs may still be admitted to the university. These applicants may consider coursework in preparation for application to the Entry-Level Master’s in Nursing program (ELM) designed for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in another major but are interested in pursuing a career in nursing.

Nursing Major Requirements

Applicants interested in the Traditional Nursing program must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Submit an application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions indicating interest in becoming a nursing major and pursuing the Traditional Nursing program. Include in that application the following information:
    1. Copies of all high school and college transcripts;
    2. Letters of recommendation as required by the university and the School of Nursing (view the Nursing Recommendation Form (PDF))
    3. A one-page statement of professional goals in nursing; and
    4. A résumé reflecting volunteer plus work experience within the past three years. Please include leadership positions within volunteer organizations, community service and/or employment where applicable.
  2. Complete applicable prerequisite courses with a grade of B (3.0) or better including the following:
    1. One year of high school chemistry (or CHEM 101 Introduction to Chemistry);
    2. One year of high school biology (or BIOL 101 Fundamentals of Biology);
    3. Two years of high school math (algebra or geometry). A math placement test is required unless the placement test is waived by an SAT 1 math score of 540+ or ACT math score of 23+. With either SAT 1 (540+) or ACT (23+) math score the student will be allowed to take college algebra. The college algebra course requirement is waived by a SAT 1 math score of 600+ or an ACT math score of score of 26+. However, this does not grant units for the course; and
    4. Students with a verbal SAT 1 score below 480 must take a writing placement test in English during registration. SAT 1 verbal score does not waive the Freshman Writing Seminar requirement. An AP English score of 3 or better waives the Freshman Writing Seminar course.*
  3. Submit proof of achieving the minimum high school, college, or university cumulative grade-point average of B (3.00).
  4. Once a student has received a letter of acceptance into the School of Nursing, proof of the following must be provided prior to the beginning of the first nursing course (UNRS 105):
    1. Successful completion of anatomy with lab (4 units) and organic chemistry with lab (3 units), with no lower than a B- (2.7) grade-point average, with no lower than a C in each course. Note: A student is allowed only one opportunity to repeat a single science course to try to raise his/her grade prior to beginning nursing (UNRS) courses. Students must maintain a B- (2.7) average in all subsequent science coursework or be placed on academic probation;
    2. Credit or waive for college algebra;
    3. A current full physical examination clearance done within the past 12 months. This report is to be submitted the APU Student Health Center;
    4. Current two-step TB test, Hepatitis B, MMR titer, Varicella titer, and Tdap immunizations;
    5. A current background check;
    6. Ability to meet physical sensory technical standards required for safe and competent performance of the duties and skills needed for the nursing profession; and
    7. Current CPR with AED certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Providers for adults and children from the American Heart Association.

*These qualifications represent scores on the SAT taken prior to March 2016. Scores taken from the redesigned SAT will be reviewed with a concordance table. APU is in discussion concerning the new SAT score requirements and will update qualifications this fall.

International Students

Please note: International students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are not currently eligible to apply for the 2+2 program, but may apply to the Traditional BSN program.

International students are required to meet the same academic and admission requirements as other students in addition to the following:

  1. International students must complete Freshman Writing Seminar, one of the four required sciences taken at an accredited U.S. university with a minimum grade of C (2.0), and achieve a cumulative grade-point average of B (3.0) in all college courses completed at Azusa Pacific University after two semesters of full-time enrollment.
  2. The admission requirement for international students with English as a second language (ESL) is a minimum TOEFL score of 550. The School of Nursing specifies that the TOEFL Test of Written English (TWE) and TOEFL Test of Spoken English (TSE) be included in the TOEFL assessment score as these are critical to success in nursing. If the student has taken the IBT (Internet-Based TOEFL), the required scores is 85 percent or better.

If there are no TOEFL scores of written and spoken English, the student will be referred to Azusa Pacific University’s American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) for successful completion of evaluation and required testing. If deemed necessary, additional ESL courses may be required. (Information about taking the TOEFL examination can be obtained by contacting the Office of International Student Services.)

NOTE: Please check with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions regarding residency requirements prior to application.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.