Degree Requirements

  1. A student must complete at least 120 units of study, of which at least 40 units must be completed at Azusa Pacific University. The following are four methods of credit accumulation:
    • Admission to the RN to BSN program requires a minimum of 60 units of transferable credit (earned with a C- grade or better) from regionally accredited colleges or universities, documented on official transcripts from each institution attended. (A maximum of 70 semester units from a regionally accredited community college may be transferred toward the degree. Consult the admissions office before taking courses or examinations.)
    • The RN to BSN program requires 40 semester units.
    • If the total number of units from course work and transfer credit does not total 120 semester hours, additional work must be completed. This may be done by passing proficiency examinations or by taking courses from Azusa Pacific University or other accredited colleges or universities.
  2. For the BS degree, a student must have completed 25 units of General Education in the following areas: Freshman Writing or English Composition (3), Speech (3), Fine Arts (3), History/Civics/Political Science (3), Psychology (3), College Algebra or its equivalent (4), Literature (3), and Religion (General Survey/Introduction to Biblical Literature) (3). Transfer credits, additional course work, and credit for prior learning may be used to meet these requirements.
  3. Additionally, the following 16 units of nursing prerequisites must be completed: Human Anatomy (4), Microbiology (4), Human Physiology (4), and Chemistry (4).
  4. A student must complete the program with at least a 2.0 grade-point average.

The responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements rests with the individual student.

Transfer Work

Azusa Pacific University will accept credit for equivalent courses from schools accredited by regional agencies recognized by Council for Higher Education Administration (CHEA).

Correspondence Course Credit

A maximum of nine semester units of correspondence credit may be applied toward an Azusa Pacific University degree. Students must receive prior approval from the Graduate and Profesional Registrar.

Graduate Courses Taken by Undergraduate Students

An undergraduate student may enroll in a graduate course only if:

  • The student is a senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • The department chair of the student's major approves.
  • The request is submitted with the form provided by the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center.

A qualified undergraduate student is not limited in the number of graduate courses they may take.

Graduate courses taken by an undergraduate student may not apply toward an APU graduate degree unless the grade received in the graduate course is 3.0 or higher. No more than eight graduate units earned as an undergraduate student may be counted toward an APU graduate degree. Some departments may allow fewer units to be counted. A student who will be applying to an APU graduate program should obtain information from the appropriate department before taking graduate courses.


If a student gets behind and needs to withdraw from a course or the program, they should first, let their professor and the director know immediately. There may be an option to take an incomplete grade in that course. The program is designed in a lock-step format, meaning courses typically follow in sequence and build upon each other. While there are some exceptions, a student will usually retake the course the next time it is offered either online of face to face. If it becomes necessary to withdraw from a course, students must immediately communicate to the School of Nursing to avoid financial impact. The School of Nursing will assist them to determine the best approach for them academically, personally, and financially.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 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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