The School of Nursing offers a four-year baccalaureate program, including an Honors Program, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the California State Board of Registered Nursing. The program enables the student to take the California Board of Registered Nursing examination for RN licensure. The graduate is eligible to apply for a California State Public Health Certificate. The program also offers options for registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Program Outcomes

The graduate of Azusa Pacific University’s baccalaureate nursing program integrates faith and ethics as a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner, accountable professional, health care educator, and advocate and coordinator of care. The graduate also:

  • Utilizes a Christian worldview to integrate beliefs, values, ethics, and service in personal and professional life.
  • Provides nursing care utilizing professional knowledge and core competencies (critical thinking, communication, assessment, and technical skills) derived from a foundation of nursing science, general education, and religious studies.
  • Demonstrates initiative for continual personal and professional growth and development.
  • Acts as a patient educator and advocate to promote optimal health and well-being.
  • Functions independently and collaboratively, both as a leader and/or a member of the health care team, to manage and coordinate care.

Bachelor’s Degrees

BSN (Upper-Division Transfer Program)
The 2+2 Upper-Division Transfer Program allows students to transfer in coursework from other schools and complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in six consecutive semesters, including summers.
Bridge to BSN
Designed for Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) students preparing to enter their final year at a community college, the Bridge to BSN sequential enrollment option allows students to get an early start on coursework for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Following completion of the ADN, students transition to Azusa Pacific to complete their BSN.
The LVN to BSN program at Azusa Pacific University caters to working licensed nurses who want to further their skills and become leaders in the field. Students can complete the program in just two years, studying alongside a cohort of peers.
Nursing Major
The BSN (traditional program) is designed for recent high school graduates. Nursing students receive professional accreditation and clinical practice for their freshman through senior years, and are eligible for public health certification following graduation.

Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree

RN to BSN (also online)
This accelerated program for registered nurses sharpens clinical skills and focuses on organizational, managerial, and communication abilities that lead to more thorough patient care and increased leadership responsibility. An online program is also available.


International Health Nursing Minor
Students interested in expanding their global perspective on health and nursing care may apply to the School of Nursing for acceptance to participate in either a short-term transcultural health nursing experience, an international health nursing semester, or a 16-unit international health nursing minor.
Nutrition Minor
The minor in nutrition is available to any APU student interested in expanding their skills in this specialized area of preventative health. Emphasis within this minor is on the four pillars of a healthful lifestyle: physical activity, good diet, healthy choices, and preventative screening—all crucial for national health.
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.