Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program

Applicants interested in the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Submit an application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions indicating interest in becoming a nursing major and pursuing the BSN. Include in that application the following information:
    1. Copies of all high school and college transcripts;
    2. Letters of recommendation as required by the university and the School of Nursing;
    3. A one-page statement of professional goals in nursing;
    4. A résumé reflecting volunteer and work experience within the past three years, including leadership positions within volunteer organizations, community service and/or employment where applicable.
  2. Complete applicable prerequisite courses with a grade of B (3.0) or better, including the following:
    1. One year of high school chemistry (or CHEM 101 Introduction to Chemistry)
    2. One year of high school biology (or BIOL 101 Introduction of Biology)
    3. Two years of high school math (algebra or geometry) and an SAT math score of 540+ or ACT math score of 23+. A math placement assessment is required unless the placement assessment is waived.
    4. WRIT 110 Writing 1: The Art and Craft of Writing.
  3. Submit proof of achieving the minimum high school, college, or university cumulative grade-point average of B (3.00).
  4. Once a student has received a letter of acceptance into the School of Nursing, proof of the following must be provided prior to the beginning of the first nursing course (UNRS 105 Foundations in Professional Nursing/Aging):
    1. Successful completion of anatomy with lab (4 units) and chemistry with lab (4 units), with a minimum B- (2.7 grade-point average) and no grade lower than a C (2.0) in each course; (Note: A student is allowed only one opportunity to repeat a single failed science course to try to raise his/her grade prior to beginning nursing (UNRS) courses). A B- (2.7) average must be obtained in all subsequent science coursework with no grade lower than a C (2.0) in each science course or the student will not be allowed to progress in his/her UNRS coursework. If a student is unable to meet the requirements of their conditional admission through the minimum science and overall college grade-point average as stated, the student may be placed on academic probation and will have two subsequent semesters to raise their GPA in order to begin nursing coursework and progress in the nursing program.
    2. Once admitted into the nursing program, students must: (1) Overall: Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (84% or B) or higher in all course work, and no lower than a 2.0 (73% or C) in any course; (2) Science: Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 (80% or B-) in all science courses, and no lower than a 2.0 (73% or C) in any science course; (3) Nursing (UNRS): Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 (80% or B-) or higher in core nursing courses or the student will be placed on academic probation.
    3. Receive credit or waiver for college algebra.

Transfer Students with Nursing Credit/Previous Education Credit

  1. 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.
  2. Up to 70 units of community college credit and additional units from a university (per registrar’s approval) may 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. Students may be awarded credit for prior coursework and clinical experience, including military education and experience, through a challenge examination and/or competency testing. 

International Students

International students are required to meet the same academic and admission requirements as other students in addition to the following:

  1. International students must complete WRIT 110, one of the four required sciences taken at an accredited U.S. university with a minimum grade of C (2.0), and achieve a cumulative grade-point average of B (3.0) in all college courses completed at Azusa Pacific University after two semesters of full-time enrollment.
  2. The admission requirement for international students with English as a second language (ESL) is a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT. The School of Nursing specifies that the TOEFL Test of Written English (TWE) and TOEFL Test of Spoken English (TSE) be included in the TOEFL assessment score as these are critical to success in nursing. If the student has taken the IBT (Internet-Based TOEFL), the required score is 85 percent or better.

If there are no TOEFL scores of written and spoken English, the student will be referred to Azusa Pacific University’s American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) for successful completion of evaluation and required testing. If deemed necessary, additional ESL courses may be required. (Information about taking the TOEFL examination can be obtained by contacting the Office of International Student Services.)

NOTE: Please check with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions regarding residency requirements prior to application.

Requirements and Sequences for the Traditional BSN Program

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.

The Traditional BSN program is based on a cohort model. All coursework assigned to a specific semester is prerequisite for progression to the next semester. Students in the Traditional BSN program begin their nursing coursework either in the fall or spring semesters and continue in sequence for two consecutive semesters per school year. Depending on cohort admission and sequencing of the curriculum, the length of the program may be 4-4½ years. The coursework is as follows:

Nursing Requirements
UNRS 105
Foundations in Professional Nursing/Aging
and Foundations in Professional Nursing - Practicum
UNRS 113Pharmacology2
UNRS 212
Nursing Care of Adults/Aging
and Nursing Care Of Adults/Aging Practicum
UNRS 220Health Assessment3
UNRS 260Nutrition2
UNRS 299Statistics and Data Management for Nursing and Health Care 13
UNRS 306Writing 2: Theoretical Frameworks in Nursing 23
UNRS 310
Mental Health Nursing
and Mental Health Nursing Practicum
UNRS 312
Nursing Management of Adults
and Nursing Management of Adults Practicum
UNRS 313
Restorative Nursing
and Restorative Nursing Practicum
UNRS 367Pathophysiology3
UNRS 382
Community Health Nursing
and Community Health Nursing Practicum 3
Select one of the following:3-5
International Health Nursing
and International Health Nursing Practicum 4, 5
Urban/Rural Health Nursing
and Urban Health Nursing Practicum 4
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 62
UNRS 425Nursing Research3
UNRS 496Writing 3: Ethics and Issues in Health Care 74
Total Units69-71

Additional Nursing Requirements

BIOL 220General Microbiology4
BIOL 250Human Anatomy4
BIOL 251Human Physiology4
CHEM 123General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry for the Health Sciences 1,24
PSYC 110General Psychology 33
PSYC 290Human Growth and Development 33
Additional General Education Requirements
GE 100First-Year Seminar 43
COMM 111Public Communication 53
PE 1XX Fitness for Life/Varsity Sport1
MIN 108Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry 63
WRIT 110Writing 1: The Art and Craft of Writing 43
UBBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy 63
UBBL 230Luke/Acts 63
PHIL 100Introduction to Philosophy 73
3XX/4XXBible 83
THEO 3XX Doctrine Requirement3
Humanities: History3
Humanities: Literature3
Humanities: Fine Arts3
Foreign Language Proficiency
Total Units59

Recommended Nursing Electives for the Traditional Program

UNRS 120Fundamentals of Human Nutrition3
UNRS 280Life Cycle Nutrition3
UNRS 281Introduction to Global Healthcare (Prerequisite for UNRS 282 and UNRS 383) 11
UNRS 282Transcultural Health Care: Country Specific3
UNRS 300Complementary and Alternative Therapies: Herbs, Supplements, and Nutrition3
UNRS 320Cultural Aspects of Food and Nutrition3
UNRS 444Clinical Specialization Elective1-2
UNRS 445Application of Pharmacological Principles in an Acute-Care Setting2
UNRS 495Special Topics in Nursing1-4
KIN 360Nutrition for Exercise and Sport Science3
SPAN 103Elementary Spanish I for Healthcare Professionals3
SPAN 104Elementary Spanish II for Healthcare Professionals3
HIST 235Cultural History/Travel Study (Country-Specific) 1, 23
GLBL 425Integration and Formation Seminar 11
MODL 101Modern Language I (Introduction to Zulu; South Africa Semester only)3

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Use 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, assessment, 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, as a leader and/or member of the healthcare team, to manage and coordinate care.