Department of RN to BSN

The 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 that student 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 should 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to do the following:

PLO 1: Utilize a Christian worldview to integrate beliefs, values, ethics, and service in personal and professional life.

PLO 2: Provide 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.

PLO 3: Demonstrate initiative for continual personal and professional growth and development.

PLO 4: Act as a patient and family educator and advocate to promote optimal health and well-being.

PLO 5: Function independently and collaboratively, as a leader and/or member of a health team, to manage and coordinate care.