Accelerated RN to BSN Degree Completion Program

This program is also available online and through sequential enrollment with ADN programs at local community colleges.


The accelerated RN to BSN degree completion program offers an alternative to the traditional method of pursuing a college nursing degree. It is designed specifically for adult learners who have an RN license or are enrolled in an accredited associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program and desire to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The program is a field-based modular design, delivered to cohort groups. Each student has an advisor who provides system guidance, directs special projects, and serves as mentor to individual learners.

Prospective students include registered nurses (RNs) working in hospitals and other areas of health care as well as students enrolled in accredited ADN programs at community colleges. 

The Bridge to BSN option is designed for ADN students enrolled at a community college who wish to get an early start on coursework for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. BSN coursework is offered during summer sessions. After completion of their ADN program, students will complete remaining coursework to obtain their BSN from Azusa Pacific University. Admission requirements for the RN to BSN program must be met and the RN license obtained prior to taking upper-division clinical courses. 

The accelerated RN to BSN program is based on the same philosophy, purposes, graduate characteristics, and conceptual framework as the traditional undergraduate program. However, in recognition of the special needs and skills of the working adult, the curriculum is packaged to accommodate the adult student. The nursing courses are presented in sequence in a modular arrangement of content. Courses are designed to affirm personal and professional strengths. The teaching/learning process is collaborative—the experiences and insights which students contribute are a vital part of class activities.

Students join cohorts and progress through the courses together. Courses are taught sequentially, and the rich diversity of experiences that students contribute results in lively discussions involving shared experiences. Because students often stay with the same group throughout the program, they develop a strong rapport with other group members who act as a support system through the completion of the degree.

Classes are offered one night a week on site or in an asynchronous online program. The same night of the week is used for on-site groups throughout their program. 

Students may complete a BSN degree in approximately 15 months. In this accelerated format, a 40-semester unit curriculum is concentrated into 60 weeks.

Admission Requirements for RN to BSN Students

A minimum of 120 semester units of credit are required for the BSN. To be admitted to the 60-week accelerated RN to BSN program, a student must:

  1. Provide a copy of RN license in good standing before starting clinical courses.
  2. Graduate from an accredited associate degree program or diploma nursing program.
  3. Have a minimum of 60 transferable semester units from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (2.7 GPA and above considered for provisional admission).
  4. Submit official transcripts from all schools attended.
  5. Provide two letters of recommendation.

Admission Requirements for Bridge to BSN Students

A minimum of 120 semester units of credit are required for the BSN. To be admitted to the sequential enrollment, a student must:

  1. Be currently enrolled in an accredited ADN program.
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0. (2.7 GPA and above considered for provisional admission).
  3. Submit official transcripts from all schools attended.
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation.

The program is not recommended for students who lack proficiency in basic academic skills, especially collegiate-level English communication skills.

International applicants with an F or J visa are not qualified for this program. International applicants with any other types of visas, please consult with the International Center first at +1-626-812-3055 or


When each student is accepted into the program, a progression schedule is reviewed by the student and the advisor. Courses must be taken in the assigned sequence. 

This program will be implemented beginning fall 2017 and will replace the previous program as described in the 2016-2017 Graduate and Professional Catalog. The previous program is no longer accepting new students and all courses will be sunsetted after summer 2018. Some new course descriptions are not provided at this time.

Prerequisite Courses 1
General Education Requirements 1
Electives 2, 3
Accelerated RN to BSN Courses
RNRS 321Health Assessment5
RNRS 327Nursing Research and Statistics4
RNRS 368Pathophysiology5
RNRS 396 - Professional Practice: Ethics, Issues, and Spirituality in Health Care6
RNRS 458 - Evidence Based Practice, Theory and Clinical Pathways5
RNRS 469 - Improving Patient Outcomes: Quality & Safety and Risk Management5
RNRS 481P - Clinical Practicum0
RNRS 482Community Health (Capstone)5
RNRS 483 - Population Health and Care Transitions5
120 units is required to complete the BSN degree (40 units of required RNRS nursing courses and 80 units from transferred in ADN degree and electives)
Total Units40

The majority of the general education requirements are met through the ADN (IGETC or CSU) with the exception of one upper-division writing course (Writing 3, 3 units) and Bible/Theology (6 units), which are met in RNRS course requirements.


The number of elective units required is based on the number of units that are transferred into the Accelerated RN to BSN program. Elective courses may be taken to achieve the total 120 units required for the BSN degree. 


For students with limited work experience, two elective transition to practice courses are offered: RNRS 298 and RNRS 299.