RN to BSN Degree Completion Program

APU’s accelerated RN to BSN program for registered nurses sharpens clinical skills and focuses on organizational, managerial, and communication abilities that lead to more thorough patient care and increased leadership responsibility.

40 units


The RN to BSN degree completion program (also available online) comprises the following:

Note: A total of 120 units is required to complete the BSN degree.

Prerequisite Courses 1
Accelerated RN to BSN Courses
RNRS 321Health Assessment5
RNRS 327Nursing Research and Statistics4
RNRS 368Pathophysiology5
RNRS 396Professional Practice: Ethics, Issues, and Spirituality in Health Care 26
RNRS 458Writing 3: Evidence-Based Practice, Theory, and Clinical Pathways 35
RNRS 469Improving Patient Outcomes: Quality, Safety, and Risk Management5
RNRS 479Population Health and Public Health Nursing4
RNRS 480Community Health and Care Transitions4
RNRS 482PClinical Practicum 42
Total Units40

Students need a minimum of 70 units of transfer credits to complete the RN-BSN degree program.


Meets the General Education Upper-Division Bible requirement.


Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement


Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.

BSN Integrative Enrollment Pathway Option

The 40-unit RN to BSN Integrative Enrollment Pathway option allows students to begin RN to BSN program coursework during their first semester of nursing school in an external Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) program; this is in contrast to the RN to BSN bachelor’s completion program (for students who have graduated from an ADN program) and the Summer Bridge Option (for students enrolled in an ADN program who begin degree completion courses during the summer). Integrative-enrollment students must be formally accepted into an ADN program in order to apply and must maintain a 3.0 GPA during their combined coursework. 

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, 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 and family educator and advocate to promote optimal health and well-being.
  5. Function independently and collaboratively, both as a leader and/or member of a health care team to manage and coordinate care.