Azusa Pacific Nursing Admissions Essays


Admission Requirements—Domestic Applicants

The university graduate and program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete.

International students have a separate application procedure that precedes the standard admission process. View international requirements below or contact the International Center.

Students must first apply and be admitted to graduate status at the university before being considered for admission to the School of Nursing graduate programs, including ELM and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

  • Graduate application for admission
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee. View payment methods.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions leading to and awarding the applicant’s bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and all post-baccalaureate study

  • Transcripts should show completion of prerequisite courses (in expected semester units):

    • Sciences: human anatomy and lab (4 units), human physiology and lab (4 units), biochemistry (1 unit), organic chemistry and lab (3 units), general microbiology and lab (4 units) (Biochemistry and organic chemistry may be combined in one 4-unit class.) Human Physiology is the only science course that must have been taken within the last five years.
    • Nonsciences: communication skills—verbal (3 units) and written (3 units), general psychology (3 units), human growth and development (lifespan) (3 units), statistics (3 units), and a research methods course in any behavioral science field (3 units)
    • Prior to applying, applicants must have completed 12 units of the science prerequisites with a 3.0 (B) average, and 12 units of the nonscience prerequisites. Ensure that transcripts showing completion of these prerequisites are included at the time of submission of your other application materials. Your file will be considered ineligible for admission if these transcripts are not included. Prerequisite grades of a C- or below will not be accepted.
    • If you have questions regarding specific prerequisite courses, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

    Any applicant submitting international (non-U.S.) transcripts must submit both an official, comprehensive transcript evaluation report from one of APU’s approved agencies (list is available from Graduate and Professional Admissions) and a copy of the international transcripts themselves (translated into English, if necessary).

  • Three recommendations (two from work or school and one personal; no relatives)
  • Written statement of educational and professional goals, also known as a Letter to the Dean. (This essay should be one to two pages in length.)
  • Résumé or statement of experience
  • Interview/pre-admission advising session (see ”Deadlines“ below)
  • For applicants who are U.S. permanent residents, submit a photocopy of your green card. If you have applied for a green card but have not yet received it, you will need to apply through APU’s International Center. Please see “Admission Requirements—International Applicants” below.

Send official transcripts to:

Graduate and Professional Center
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

Deadlines: Application and Interview

All qualified applicants must complete an interview for the direct entry nursing program. Once the Graduate and Professional Center has received the application materials required above, they forward your file to the School of Nursing. A nursing representative will then contact you to set up the advising session before or after the posted deadline depending on your application submission date.

We highly recommend early application because we cannot guarantee an interview/advising session if we receive a high volume of applications near the deadline. Note that all deadlines refer to the date Graduate and Professional Admissions receives your complete application package. This is not a postmark deadline.

Fall Semester (September)October 1
Spring Semester (January)February 15
Summer Semester (May)June 15

Admission Requirements—International Applicants

Azusa Pacific University is authorized under federal law by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State to enroll nonimmigrant, alien undergraduate and graduate students. APU issues and administers both the I-20 and DS 2019 (F-1 and J-1 status documents respectively).

To apply for a graduate program at APU, the following requirements must be fulfilled in addition to meeting the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements specified above.

International applicants must also:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in English through a TOEFL/IELTS score that meets program-specific requirements. Refer to APU’s English Proficiency Requirements to learn more. Request that official test scores be sent to APU. All other forms of proof indicated in the English Proficiency Requirements must be submitted directly to the International Center. Applicants applying for conditional admission through the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) must apply to both ALCI and the academic program. Read about ALCI admission requirements.
  • Provide a affidavit of financial support (PDF) and a bank statement from within the last six months proving financial ability to pay for education costs through personal, family, or sponsor resources.
  • Submit a copy of a valid passport showing biographical data, including your name, country of citizenship, date of birth, and other legal information.

International applicants send official transcripts to:

International Center
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

What to Expect

After the International Center receives all transcripts, a committee of department faculty reviews the applicant’s file. The applicant is then notified of the committee’s decision within approximately two weeks.

Additional Requirements

At the beginning of clinical coursework, including health assessment labs, the student is required to provide documentation concerning CPR certification, malpractice insurance, TB screening, and immunizations appropriate to the clinical setting.

The student’s health status must permit him/her to safely undertake and complete clinical experience required for the entry level nursing degree.

As a fully prepared health professional, the student is expected to take responsibility for self-evaluation of her/his own health status, including an assessment of the safety and appropriateness of practice in the clinical context, both for the student and the patient. An individual faculty member may require documentation of the student’s health status.

In light of recent statements from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and contracted facilities, the School of Nursing now requires that all undergraduate and graduate students undergo a background check prior to their involvement at clinical sites. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the student.

Note: International students are required to pay the additional fee based upon the actual costs of background checks for their country.

All students are expected to read, understand, and adhere to the policies and requirements articulated in the Second Degree and MSN Handbook.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

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Admission Standards

APU welcomes international students who are committed to personal, intellectual, and spiritual growth. Applicants must evidence appreciation for the standards and spirit of the university and exhibit moral character in harmony with its purpose. The university invites applications from students from all over the world who will contribute to, as well as benefit from, the university experience. In assessing the applicant's potential for success, academic capabilities, as well as involvement in church, school, and community activities, are reviewed.

Minimum Admission Standards

To ensure each incoming student is prepared to succeed at APU, it is recommended that all international applicants to the university meet the following minimums. Meeting the minimums set forth does not guarantee admission, but does guarantee that an applicant will be given full consideration.

Freshman applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 US scale. Transfer applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 US scale.

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