Azusa Pacific University (APU) | 82% NCLEX Pass Rates

Azusa Pacific University, a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university, offers a variety of programs including associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees on campus, online, and at several regional locations across Southern California.


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  • Programs RN-to-BSN, PhD, Entry-Level Master's, LPN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, MSN to PhD, NP, CNS, Other
  • Location Azusa, CA
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Azusa Pacific University is located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California, and is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university.

APU is a leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and has a commitment to excellence in higher education.

Campus Locations:

Azusa Main Campus, High Desert, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Monrovia Regional Site, Murrieta, Orange County, San Diego, Redlands Community Hospital (RN-BSN).

Undergraduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • BSN (2+2 Upper-Division Transfer Program)
  • LVN to BSN and LVN to RN
  • RN to BSN (online)
  • Bridge to BSN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Traditional BSN program is based on a cohort model. Therefore, all coursework will be assigned to a specific semester and is a prerequisite for progression to the next semester.

Students may be admitted from high school. If starting in the fall, the program will be a 4½-year program. If the student starts in the spring, it will be a 4-year program.

Available option for those who completed a bachelor's program in another major, but want to pursue a career in nursing. Consider applying for the Entry-Level Master’s in Nursing program (ELM) .

Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LVN to BSN) and Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse (LVN to RN)

Applicants must have:

  • 48 units or more of transferable credit with a C- or better from accredited university, per official transcripts (maximum of 70 Units can be transferred from a community college)
  • Some work experience as an LPN may be required
  • Current LVN/LPN license
  • Basic academic and collegiate-level English skills

RN-BSN

APU's RN to BSN degree program is designed for the working registered nurse to advance to the baccalaureate level.

Applicants must:

  • Have 60 units or more of transferable credit, up to 70 can be transferred with a minimum of C- or greater, from a community college
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Have RN licensure and graduated from an accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program
  • Recent work experience - refresher course may be recommended for those who have not practiced in more than 5 years.

Bridge to BSN

Transition to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Azusa Pacific’s Bridge to Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a program designed for students entering their final year in the Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at a community college and would like an early start on coursework for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Master’s Programs

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Entry-level Master’s (ELM) Program
  • MSN in Healthcare Administration and Leadership
  • MSN in Nursing Education
  • MSN with CNS Specialties
  • MSN with NP Specialties
  • Post-Master’s Certificates

Master of Science in Nursing

Nationally accredited, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) prepares students for an advanced level degree. Graduate students can have a degree and be prepared for roles as clinical nurse specialists, family nurse practitioners, adult-gerontology nurse practitioners, pediatric nurse practitioners, or school nurses, and may elect a secondary specialty in administration or education.

After completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for state advanced practice certification or credential in their specialties.

Those who have earned a bachelor's degree in another discipline are eligible to enroll in the entry-level master’s program. Nurses who already have an MSN from another institution are also eligible to enroll in a post-master’s certificate program.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) specialties offers two specialist programs:  the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and the Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist.

School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

The combined Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) is designed to prepare the bachelor’s degree-prepared registered nurses to become effective practitioners in the areas of school health and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate is designed for those who want to focus on primary care for children in a variety of other settings.

Post-Master’s Certificates

Nurses who have already received an MSN at APU or another institution are eligible for the post-master’s nursing certificate programs, which prepare nurses who obtain an advanced practice specialty.

APU offers post-master’s certificate programs in:

  • Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Education
  • Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

The PhD in Nursing prepares nurses who hold master’s degrees to contribute to the improvement of health care and to the next generation of nurses by serving as academicians.

Specialties and Concentrations

The concentration of the PhD program is to focus on:

  • Health of the Family and the Community
  • International Health
  • A secondary specialization in Nursing Education is also available

Admission

APU graduate applicants must submit:

  1. Application for Graduate Admission
  2. Official transcripts of completion of BSN and a master's degree

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Residency Practice Hours

At APU, 1,100 clinical hours are required as part of the program. Students may transfer up to five hundred (500) qualified clinical hours toward the DNP from their master’s program and six hundred (600) clinical hours - three hundred (300) in each of the SON DNP residency courses, which totals 1,100 hours.

Translational Research Project

The DNP, a practice-focused doctorate, includes an integrative practice experience enacted in the residency courses over the time frame of six semesters. Every student enrolled in the practice-focused DNP program will create an evidence-based translational research project (TRP) as part of their experience. With the multiple number of practice doctorates at the university the DNP students are able to have opportunities for interdisciplinary coursework and collaborative projects.

Graduate applicants for the DNP program must submit:

  1. A Graduate application for admission
  2. Official transcripts of completiontion of BSN and MSN
  3. Copies of any professional certifications/registrations used by nurses with advanced practice -state or national. Transcripts may be used as evidence if needed.
  4. Letter from your advanced practice program stating the number of clinical hours completed as part of that program. Up to 500 hours may be transferable toward the DNP program's required total of 1100 hours, per departmental approval.

Awards

-U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges 2017 ranking is 183.

-The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West.

- G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

Accreditation

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) accredited the School of Nursing programs.

Latest Reviews (Max 10)

  1. Anonymous
    Jun 7, 12:13 pm by
    Overall: 3.8 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 4 stars
    Experience: 4 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 4 stars
    Support: 3 stars

    Program: Other
    Classes: N/A

    My Experience

    This is a review for RN refresher course. With only 2 more clinicals left, we learned that the contracted hospital did not sign its contract with APU. We should have finished 3 weeks ago. Now we're in limbo. The program has been excellent, but if you are considering paying $1220, make sure APU has a signed contract.

    About The Staff

    Smart and helpful.

  2. Anonymous
    May 25, 7:00 pm by
    Overall: 2.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 3 stars
    Experience: 3 stars
    Staff: 2 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 3 stars

    Program: Entry-Level BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2016
    Focus: Ob/Gyn

    My Experience

    I attended APU through the San Diego Regional Center. I have mixed feelings about the program and staff. I completed an accelerated BSN in 1/5 years and it was tough. I don't think I would recommend doing nursing school that quickly. However, I did pass NCLEX. I had to give up all forms of my life outside of school and really got very little support from the staff.
    I felt like "cog in the machine" despite it being a very small campus. I also felt like my desires for a specialty, especially during my senior preceptorship, went unheard.

    About The Staff

    Staff at this location had a very high turn-over rate, with a lot of internal turmoil and angst between staff members. This was very evident to the students.

    Things To Know

    This may just be how nursing school makes us all feel. Overall my BSN experience, compared to my previous college experience( I hold an additional bachelors degree), was mediocre to poor.

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