Study BS in Nursing LVN to BSN at Azusa Pacific University
You’ll advance your nursing career, graduating equipped to lead teams and make an impact in the changing healthcare environment. You’ll gain hands-on experience through clinical opportunities, benefit from a cohort-based model, and build experience with state-of-the-art technology—including simulators and virtual patients. We offer this program at our regional locations, giving you access to the same quality nursing education offered at our main campus.
Program at a Glance
The nationally ranked School of Nursing prepares nurses to lead the way in healthcare by providing a deeper level of compassionate care in clinics, hospitals, schools, and beyond.
Gain Hands-on Experience
- Prepare a variety of evidence-based nursing practices.
- Study in a cohort and progress through the program together.
- Integrate ethics and faith in your nursing career.
- Learn directly from experienced faculty-practitioners.
By the Numbers
Avery Burn ’24: Sharing God’s Love Through Nursing
Avery Burn ’24 came to APU to both attend the top-tier nursing program and learn within a Christ-centered community as she pursues her calling in healthcare.
Sequences and Deadlines for the LVN to BSN Program
The BS in Nursing LVN to BSN program is based on a cohort model. Students progress through the curriculum in sequence with an assigned group of students.
Students complete the required 48 units of prerequisite coursework and then begin nursing specific coursework either in the fall, spring, or summer semester and continue in sequence for three consecutive semesters per year.
LVN to BSN Program Application Deadlines
All requirements must be met and documents received by the deadline to be considered for admissions review.
- October 1 (spring semester)
- February 1 (summer semester)
- June 1 (fall semester)
The university and program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete.
- Application for admission
- $45 nonrefundable application fee
- Official transcripts sent to APU’s Student Services Center (SSC) for all college credit,
degrees, certificates, AP scores, 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 48 college or university semester units of transferable nursing prerequisite course requirements prior to the semester in which the student is requesting admission.
- 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.
- Current LVN license
For the complete list of additional prerequisite requirements, contact the admissions office or search transfer plans by school.
Send official transcripts to:Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Once a student has received a letter of acceptance into the School of Nursing, proof of the following must be provided:
- Full physical examination clearance done within the past 12 months. This report is to be submitted the APU Student Health Center;
- Current two-step TB test, Hepatitis B, MMR titer, Varicella titer, and Tdap immunizations;
- A current background check;
- Ability to meet physical sensory technical standards required for safe and competent performance of the duties and skills needed for the nursing profession; and
- 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 BS in Nursing Transfer program requirements for transfer applicants above, plus:
- Submit a letter of recommendation/academic standing from the dean/director of the previous school to the School of Nursing;
- Submit course syllabi and catalog descriptions for all courses for which nursing transfer credit is requested to the School of Nursing; and
- The School of Nursing will only consider accepting nursing courses transferred in from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program.
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.
Estimated Cost Breakdown
See the table below for the tuition charges and fees that comprise your estimated total program cost.
|Graduate and Professional Application Fee||$45|
|Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) (per unit, plus a one-time fee of $150)||$75|
|Professional Nursing Health Assessment Lab Fee (per course UNRS 220)||$90|
|Nursing Clinical Fee (per course; includes malpractice insurance)||$200|
|Intent to Commence and/or Graduate Fee||$100|
All stated financial information is subject to change. Contact Student Services Center at (626) 815-2020 for more information.
Paying for Your Degree
APU offers a variety of ways to help you pay for your degree. From scholarships and grants to loans and company reimbursement, we’re committed to being sure that cost doesn’t keep you from reaching your education goals.
Learn more about the financial aid opportunities available to you.
To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:
If you have questions, we’re here to help! Connect with a representative who can walk you through the program details and application process.
School of Nursing
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(voicemail messages left will be addressed on the next business day)
Student Services Center
- Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
- 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.
Career Outlooks and Outcomes
APU School of Nursing Receives $4.4 Million in Grants from HRSA
The School of Nursing received $4.4 million in Nursing Student Loan forgiveness grants from the HRSA for both baccalaureate and graduate students.