Upper-Division BSN Transfer and LVN Options

APU’s 2+2 Upper-Division Transfer Program allows students to transfer in coursework from other schools and complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at APU in six consecutive semesters, including summers.

Admission Requirements for the BSN Upper-Division Transfer and LVN-to-BSN Programs 

BSN Upper-Division Transfer and LVN-to-BSN applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Submit an application to Graduate and Professional Admissions indicating interest in becoming a nursing major and pursuing the BSN degree. Include in the application the following information:
    1. Official college transcripts for all colleges attended
    2. Two letters of recommendation
    3. A one-page statement of professional goals in nursing
    4. A 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
    5. LVN applicants must include a copy of their current LVN license.
  2. Submit evidence of 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. See list of courses below.
  3. Submit proof of achieving a minimum cumulative college or university grade-point average of B (3.0) or better.
  4. Successfully complete Human Anatomy with lab (4 units), Chemistry with lab (4 units), Human Physiology (4 units), and General Microbiology with lab (4 units) with no lower than a B- (2.7) grade-point average.  
  5. Provide a writing sample that demonstrates written communication skills.
  6. Candidates are considered for admission into the program once they have completed the prerequisite coursework and progress through the curriculum in a predetermined sequence with an assigned group of students (cohort model). All nursing coursework assigned to a specific semester is prerequisite for progression to the next semester.
  7. Eligible candidates may be interviewed by the program director and reviewed by the admissions committee.
  8. Candidates accepted into the program will be notified by the admissions representative and assigned to the appropriate semester.
  9. An acceptance letter will be mailed to the candidate from the School of Nursing.

Course Requirements and Sequences

All undergraduate nursing programs are designed with a specific course sequence that is determined by the School of Nursing. When each student is accepted into a program, a progression schedule is reviewed by the student and the advisor. Courses must be taken in the assigned sequence. Admission is based on a cohort model.

The Upper-Division BSN Transfer Program is based on a cohort model. Students complete the required 48 units of prerequisite coursework, then begin nursing coursework in the fall, spring, or summer semester and continue in sequence for three consecutive semesters per year.

Prerequisite Nursing Requirements
BIOL 220General Microbiology4
BIOL 250Human Anatomy4
BIOL 251Human Physiology4
PRCH 123General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry for the Health Sciences 14
Prerequisite General Education Requirements
Skills and University Requirements
PRCO 111Public Communication 23
PRWR 112Writing 1A: Writing and Rhetoric for Professional Students2
PRWR 113Writing 1B: Research and Writing for Professional Students 32
Humanities: Fine Arts Requirement3
Philosophy Requirement3
Humanities: History Requirement3
Humanities: Literature Requirement3
PRPS 110General Psychology 43
PRPS 290Human Growth and Development 43
Biblical, Theological and Philosophical Formation General Education requirements vary based on number of units transferred
Total Units48

The coursework for students in the BSN option is as follows:

Nursing Requirements
UNRS 106
Foundations of Professional Nursing/Aging
and Foundations of Professional Nursing/Aging Practicum 1
UNRS 113Pharmacology 12
UNRS 212
Nursing Care of Adults/Aging
and Nursing Care Of Adults/Aging Practicum
UNRS 220Health Assessment3
UNRS 260Nutrition 12
UNRS 271Theories and Concepts in Professional Nursing2
UNRS 299Statistics and Data Management for Nursing and Health Care 23
UNRS 306Writing 2: Theoretical Frameworks in Nursing 33
UNRS 310
Mental Health Nursing
and Mental Health Nursing Practicum
UNRS 314
Nursing Management and Restorative Care of Adults
and Nursing Management and Restorative Care of Adults Practicum
UNRS 367Pathophysiology3
UNRS 382
Community Health Nursing
and Community Health Nursing Practicum
UNRS 384
Urban/Rural Health Nursing
and Urban Health Nursing Practicum
UNRS 402
Nursing Care in Maternal, Newborn, and Women's Health
and Nursing Care in Maternal, Newborn, and Women's Health Practicum
UNRS 403Leadership and Management in Professional Practice2
UNRS 404
Nursing Care of Children and Young Adults
and Nursing Care of Children and Young Adults Practicum
UNRS 411
Advanced Nursing Care of Adults and Aging
and Advanced Nursing Care of Adults & Aging - Practicum
UNRS 412Clinical Residency Nursing 42
UNRS 425Nursing Research3
UNRS 445Applied Pharmacology2
UNRS 496Writing 3: Ethics and Issues in Health Care 54
Total Units72-74

LVN to RN 30-unit Option

Students choosing this option are admitted as terminal nondegree students. Upon completion of the requirements of the 30-unit option with a 2.0 GPA or better in all courses, students receive a certificate of completion, which establishes eligibility to take the California Board of Registered Nursing examination for RN licensure as a nongraduate. Students should see a School of Nursing academic advisor for requirements. This program operates on a space-available basis for didactic and clinical coursework.

Previous Education Credit

Students may be awarded credit for prior learning/coursework and clinical experience, including military education and experience, through a challenge examination and/or competency testing.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Utilize a Christian worldview to integrate beliefs, values, ethics, and service in personal and professional life.
  2. Provide nursing care utilizing professional knowledge and core competencies (critical thinking, communication, and technical skills) derived from a foundation of nursing science, general education, and religious studies.
  3. Demonstrate initiative for continual personal and professional growth and development.
  4. Act as a patient educator and advocate to promote optimal health and well-being.
  5. Function independently and collaboratively, both as a leader and/or a member of the health care team, to manage and coordinate care.