Azusa Pacific University BSN Admission Tips

Azusa Pacific University (APU) is located in the Los Angles area in the town of Azusa, CA. Azusa is located in the San Gabriel Valley, just east of Pasadena. APU also has a campus in the Inland Empire as well as San Diego for the nursing programs. The university is a multi-denominational Christian school which has a school of nursing at both the baccalaureate level as well as the masters level.

Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing Admission Requirements

For the undergraduate level, here are the prerequisite requirements for admissions to the nursing school.

High School Students Requirements:

  • One year of high school biology
  • One year of high school chemistry
  • Two years of high school math (algebra or geometry and above)
  • Meet minimum university requirements for the SAT/ACT
  • High school cumulative GPA of 3.0

Keep in mind that this does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. They need to complete the following courses after arrival at APU:

  • Anatomy with lab (4 units)
  • Organic Chemistry with lab (3 units)
  • College algebra

All grades for the above courses must be a C- or above.

Transfer Student Requirements (see note below for baacalaureate degree holders):

  • Course syllabi and catalog descriptions of all courses to be used for nursing school
  • One page statement of professional goals and a list of work and volunteer experience for the past two years.
  • Physical examination report (form provided by the School of Nursing)
  • One year of high school biology
  • One year of high school chemistry
  • Two years of high school math (algebra or geometry and above)
  • Anatomy with lab (4 units)
  • Organic Chemistry with lab (3 units)
  • College algebra

Advantages and Disadvantages of APU’s Nursing Program

The course prerequisite requirements are not as long as many other schools. Most students will be able to complete prerequisite requirements for APU faster than at other schools. This might allow the student for earlier entry into nursing school versus a waiting list for a community college. Getting into nursing school may mean getting into a nursing job making money sooner.

The cost of education is $28,000 per year as of 2010-2011 academic year.

Those who already hold a baccalaureate degree in any field¬† should consider the ELM-SCAN (Entry Level Master’s – Second Careers and Nursing) or the Early Entry into Nursing Advanced Practice (EENAP) program instead.¬† Completion of the program will lead to BOTH a BSN as well as a MSN in a clinical specialty.

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