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Sequences and Deadlines for the B.S. in Nursing LVN to BSN Program

The LVN to BSN program is based on a cohort model. Students progress through the curriculum in sequence with an assigned group of students.

Students begin coursework either in the fall, spring, or summer semester and continue in sequence for three consecutive semesters per year.

LVN to BSN Application Deadlines
October 1 (spring semester)
February 1 (summer semester)
June 1 (fall semester)

Admission Requirements

The university and program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete.

Applicants must have:

  • 48 units or more of transferable credit (earned with a C- grade or better) from regionally accredited colleges or universities, documented on official transcripts from each institution attended. Transcripts must be mailed from the colleges or universities directly to APU. A maximum of 70 units may be transferred from a community college.
  • Some work experience may be required. Faculty can advise each student on whether work experience may be required.
  • Current LVN license
  • Academic and collegiate-level English skills. This program is not recommended for students who lack proficiency in basic academic skills, especially collegiate-level English communication skills.

Applicants must submit:

  • Application for admission
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts sent to APU’s Graduate and Professional Center for all college credit, degrees, certificates, or credentials earned prior to application to APU

    An official transcript is one that Azusa Pacific University receives unopened in an envelope sealed by the former institution and that bears the official seal of the college or university. A cumulative minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average is required for regular admission status. Provisional admittance may be granted to individuals with a lower GPA if competency can be shown through multiple measures.

    This program requires a minimum of 49 college or university semester units of transferable nursing prerequisite course requirements prior to the semester in which the student is requesting admission.

  • Copy of both sides of current, signed LVN license, or a screenshot from BRN website that shows license is active and current.
  • Two professional recommendations (from school or work)
  • One-page statement of professional goals in nursing
  • Résumé reflecting volunteer and paid work experience within the past three years. Please include leadership positions held within volunteer organizations, community service experience and/or employment where applicable.
  • Successfully complete prerequisite requirements including General Microbiology with lab (4 units); Human Anatomy with lab (4 units); Human Physiology with lab (4 units); and General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry for the Health Sciences (4 units) with no lower than an overall B- (2.7) grade-point average, and with no lower than a C (2.0) in each course.
  • Receive credit for college algebra

Send official transcripts to:

Graduate and Professional Center
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

Additional Requirements

Once a student has received a letter of acceptance into the School of Nursing, proof of the following must be provided:

    1. Full physical examination clearance done within the past 12 months. This report is to be submitted the APU Student Health Center;
    2. Current two-step TB test, Hepatitis B, MMR titer, Varicella titer, and Tdap immunizations;
    3. A current background check;
    4. Ability to meet physical sensory technical standards required for safe and competent performance of the duties and skills needed for the nursing profession; and
    5. Current CPR with AED certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Providers for adults and children from the American Heart Association.

Admitted students will be required to submit a $500 nonrefundable admissions deposit within a week to hold their spot in the cohort.

Transfer Students with Nursing Credit

  • Transfer applicants who have completed college nursing courses in nationally accredited nursing or other health care programs are evaluated individually and may be given credit for courses that meet the requirements.
  • Up to 70 units of community college credit and additional units from a university (per registrar’s approval) may be transferred. No community college nursing credit will be transferred. Applicants may petition to have nursing units transferred from a nationally accredited university, but must receive administrative approval for inclusion in total credits. Some nursing courses may also be challenged by the applicant if they have taken similar coursework from another accredited university.
  • Students with transferable nursing courses must take UNRS 270 Theories and Concepts in Professional Nursing prior to any other nursing course at APU except UNRS 220 Health Assessment, which may be taken concurrently.
  • Transfer students with nursing credit must meet the B.S. in Nursing Transfer program requirements for transfer applicants above, plus:
    1. Submit a letter of recommendation/academic standing from the dean/director of the previous school to the School of Nursing;
    2. Submit course syllabi and catalog descriptions for all courses for which nursing transfer credit is requested to the School of Nursing; and
    3. The School of Nursing will only consider accepting nursing courses transferred in from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program.

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.

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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