National University School of Health and Human Services

National University's programs are specifically designed to help you receive a quality education without disrupting work and/or family obligations. National University endeavors to meet and surpass the challenges and demands of education in the 21st century. Students Schools Scholarships

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  • Accreditations CCNE Accredited COA Accredited
  • Location San Diego, California
  • Programs BSN, MSN, RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, LPN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, DNAP, CRNA, NP, Master's, Accelerated BSN, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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National University, founded in 1971, is an accredited, private, nonprofit university providing a unique design of one-course-per-month format and flexible online and onsite certificate, credential and degree programs.

National University offers programs adaptable to your busy lifestyle. Classes are offered at one of the 28 campus locations, or you can take classes online.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) (California)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is a foundation for nurses to begin their bachelor degree level of nursing care. Bachelor prepared nurses are able to critically think, using their knowledge to provide care to individuals, families, and communities. 

Graduates are eligible to take the licensure exam called the NCLEX to earn a state license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Generic Entry (BSN) (California)

Program Locations

  • Fresno Campus
  • Los Angeles Campus
  • Rancho Bernardo Campus

Licensed Vocational Nurse - Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LVN-BSN) (California)

Admission requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Hold a current, active, unrestricted license to practice as a licensed vocational nurse in the state of California
  • Attend a Pre-Nursing Program Information Forum
  • Complete all required prerequisites courses
  • Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills
  • Complete a proctored written essay

Program Locations

  • Rancho Bernardo Campus (California)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - RN Completion (RN-BSN)

Online program

The RN to BSN program is geared towards the working RN. RNs who desire to complete their BSN degree can in do so in a 100% online program. Courses range from 4-8 weeks in length.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  1. At least a 2.0 cumulative GPA from all regionally accredited institutions attended
  2. Current, active, and unencumbered RN license in the state of residence
  3. Current AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers
  4. Current, active professional liability and malpractice insurance coverage for practicum courses
  5. Official transcript from each college or university attended

Program Locations

  • Bakersfield Campus
  • College of the Canyon University Center
  • Oxnard Campus
  • Woodland Hills Campus

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Post-Bachelor Degree – Accelerated BSN (California)

This program is designed for individuals who currently hold a bachelor's degree (I.e., B.A., B.S.) and wish to continue and become licensed as a registered nurse while simultaneously earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Requirements (not all inclusive)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students must complete at least 180 quarter units, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 at the upper-division level, including the University General Education requirements. If credits do not transfer, additional general electives may be necessary to be able to meet the unit requirements. Those who wish to complete their degree in Nevada must complete a course at Nevada Constitution.

Program Locations

  • Fresno Campus
  • Los Angeles Campus
  • Rancho Bernardo Campus


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Areas of Specialization

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Lifespan
  • Nurse Administration
  • Nursing Informatics

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • BSN prepared from an accredited school of nursing (State Board of Nursing, and CCNE and/or NLNAC)
  • Proof of current, active, and unencumbered RN license in the state of residence
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializations require one (1) year of acute care RN experience

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)

The hybrid program can be completed in as few as three years and includes a 15-month didactic residency at the Fresno campus and some online classes.

Online and on-campus coursework focuses on health organizations and systems analysis, quality assessment and improvement, leadership, policy analysis, and the implementation of evidence-based practice initiatives.

The DNAP program includes a front-loaded didactic model with on-site didactic and high-fidelity simulation courses. The second phase of the program includes clinical courses at an affiliate hospital where you will gain hands-on experience administering anesthesia to patients across the age spectrum and in all surgical specialties under the direct supervision of a CRNA or anesthesiologist mentor.

Graduates will be prepared to sit for the National Certification Exam (NCE) to become a CRNA.

Nurse Anesthesia Program Attrition Rates

  • Cohort One: 17%
  • Cohort Two: 19%
  • Cohort Three: 14.3%
  • Cohort Four: 14%
  • Cohort Five: 8%

Admission Process (not all inclusive)

  • First, apply to National University
  • Apply then directly to the nurse anesthesia program via the supplemental nurse anesthesia application
  • Those who apply and meet the screening criteria will be invited for a personal interview with program staff and local clinicians


  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • LVN to RN
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Accreditation and Approval

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master's degree program in nursing, and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at National University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) accredited the Nurse Anesthesia Program.

National University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The Nursing program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.


US News & World Report (2018-2019)

  • #131 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #82 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans
  • #150 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs

Niche (2019)

  • Best Online Colleges in America #13
  • Safest College Campuses in America #91
  • Best College Locations in America #150
  • Top Private Universities in America #360
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #418
  • Best Colleges in America #580
  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #682
  • Best Value Colleges in America #769
  • Safest College Campuses in California #7
  • Best College Locations in California #15
  • Top Private Universities in California #36
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in California #38
  • Best Colleges in California #52
  • Best Value Colleges in California #62
  • Most Diverse Colleges in California #68
  • Best Colleges in San Diego Area #5
  • Best Value Colleges in San Diego Area #6

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