Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA 91702
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Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a private interdenominational Christian university in Azusa, California. It was founded in 1899 and, in 2017, it ranked as one of the top US universities. The main campus is about 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, with five other campuses throughout Southern California. The school currently offers 76 different undergraduate degree programs, along with 47 graduate programs. The APU School of Nursing is one of the seven schools and three colleges that comprise the APU system and offers quite a few nursing programs.

The APU School of Nursing offers a BSN program, along with a bridge to BSN program for students that have already obtained an associate degree in nursing. For incoming freshmen that recently graduated high school, the nursing school offers a nursing major with a path for certification. Other programs include RN to BSN and nearly two dozen graduate programs. The MSN programs are highly competitive and include several specialty tracks, including Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. The school even offers doctoral programs. Besides offering a wide selection of nursing programs, the school is nationally accredited and recognized as one of the top nursing schools in the region.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students9,926
Student to Faculty Ratio10:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate83%

Nursing Programs

The Azusa Pacific University Nursing program prepares students to provide effective and compassionate health care. The Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree is an accredited program that can be taken either full time or part time.

The progam is offered in two BSN program options: the Generic option and Two-Plus-Two (High Desert) option

The Generic option admission requirements are:

  • High School and College Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A one-page statement on career goals
  • A resume of work experience in the past five years
  • Complete pre-requisite college level course work with a 'B' average or higher
  • Current CPR certification
  • Clean criminal background check

Two-Plus-Two (High Desert) Program Option (Transfer applicants)

Inaddition to the generic requirements, the 2+2 option requires a minimum of 60 semester units of nursing pre-requisites for the semester in which the applicant is seeking admission. A minimum GPA of 3.00 for all college level coursework is required for admission in this track.

The Nursing program requires health clearance performed within the preceding 12 months. The student is expected to demonstrably prove an ability to meet the physical standards.

Application deadline are September 30 for spring admission and January 31 for fall admission.

The Azusa Pacific Master of Science in Nursing is designed to prepare students for advanced theoretical and practical specialization in a clinical nursing. The program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Graduates from the program are trained to assumed roles as advanced clinical nurse specialists, adult nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and pediatric nurse practitioners. Students may also elect to take a secondary specialty in education and administration.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to apply for advanced practice certification in their specialties as well as applying for national credential by examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Admission Requirements

  • Apply and be accepted by the graduate school at the University
  • Official transcripts for baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited school
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (Students with a GPA of 2.7-2.99 may be accepted provisionally)
  • Personal and professional recommendation forms
  • Personal statement describing professional and educational goals
  • Computer Literacy
  • Completion of prerequisite courses in the sciences and non science requirements
  • Resume
  • Pre-admission interview

Admission to the program is highly competitive and meeting application requirements will not guarantee admittance.

The application deadline for admission in the fall semester is the November of the previous year while the deadline for admission in the spring semester is the 1st of March and applications for the summer semester need to be received by the 1st of July.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 2 0
Master's degree 23 140
Post-master's certificate 2 10
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 9
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 84.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
02/28/1961 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
04/22/2014 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT990 to 1220
ACT21 to 27
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $45
Graduates $45

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,539/credit
In State Students$1,539/credit
Out of State Students$1,539/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$728/credit
In State Students$728/credit
Out of State Students$728/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $69,255 $69,255 $69,255
ADN 70 $107,730 $107,730 $107,730
BSN 125 $192,375 $192,375 $192,375
FNP 50 $36,400 $36,400 $36,400
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Azusa Pacific University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 30% $4,440
Other Federal Grant 5% $1,915
State Grant & Scholarships 30% $7,548
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 97% $17,416
Federal Student Loans 60% $5,817
Private Loans 8% $15,712


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$23,574
$30,001 to $48,000$23,063
$48,001 to $75,000$24,761
$75,001 to $110,000$28,843
Over $110,000$32,530

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Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
Azusa Pacific University
901 E Alosta
Azusa, CA 91702

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