Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA 91702

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.


Campus LocaleSuburb: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio12:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate86%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. Accelerated MSN
  2. RN to BSN
  3. LPN to BSN
  4. Doctoral degrees (DNP, PhD)
  5. Accelerated BSN
  6. LPN to ADN
  7. Family Nurse Practitioner
  8. BSN

    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.

  9. Masters degrees (MSN)

    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 - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 416
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 136
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Post-master's certificate 13
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 11

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Azusa Pacific University

Western University of Health Sciences
9.46 miles away
Biola University
17.27 miles away
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science
24.76 miles away
California Baptist University
29.9 miles away
Vanguard University of Southern California
32.33 miles away
Concordia University-Irvine
33.26 miles away
Brandman University
33.51 miles away
Mount Saint Mary's University
34.04 miles away
Homestead Schools
34.58 miles away
Loma Linda University
36.27 miles away


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

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading450 to 560
SAT: Math450 to 570
ACT Composite20 to 26
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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$22,258
30k to 48k$22,699
48k to 75k$25,432
75k to 110k$27,897
Over 110k$33,236
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,481.00 $1,481.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $676.00 $676.00

Student Population













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

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Azusa Pacific University
901 E Alosta
Azusa, CA 91702

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