Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing

901 E. Alosta Avenue
Azusa, CA 91702
United States
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Denominational Affiliation: 
Evangelical Christian

Mission Statement

Today at Azusa Pacific University, we work together as a team of difference makers to advance the work of God in the world through scholarship, teaching, and building disciples across all levels and delivery systems of collegiate education. When Azusa Pacific was founded in 1899 in a simple home in Whittier, California, as the Training School for Christian Workers, that modest beginning came with the bold resolve of homeowner Philena B. Hadley and others to forge an educational enterprise that would impact the world for Christ. This foundational understanding of our common purpose finds expression in the Mission Statement as established in 1990 under the leadership of Interim President Ted Engstrom and President Richard Felix, who had just begun his tenure.

The Board of Trustees has adopted the following statement of mission and purpose for Azusa Pacific University:

"Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian community of disciples and scholars who seek to advance the work of God in the world through academic excellence in liberal arts and professional programs of higher education that encourage students to develop a Christian perspective of truth and life."


  • WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)

Program Distinctives

The Azusa Pacific School of Nursing encompasses a full spectrum of undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare nursing scholars for a lifetime of intellectual inquiry. With an APU nursing degree, graduates enter the health care field with a solid foundation in research, theory, clinical skills, and hands-on community service, setting them apart as leaders in their profession qualified to change the face of health care delivery. From bachelor’s, master’s degrees, and post-master’s credentials to personalized programs such as the LVN to RN, and the Entry-level Master’s (ELM) Program, to the Doctor of Nursing Practice and the PhD in Nursing, APU's nursing school leads the way in solving for the nation’s nurse shortage by educating top nursing professionals and educators at every level. In 2017, APU's School of Nursing was ranked among the 10 best colleges to earn a nursing degree by USA Today. APU's School of Nursing Mission Statement is to serve God through excellence in professional nursing education, scholarship, and practice.

Mission/Service Learning Opportunities

The high skill level and the in-depth knowledge of United States-educated nurses open doors to myriad possibilities for working and serving abroad. As healthcare organizations in developed and developing nations face a debilitating nursing-shortage crisis, APU nurses stand uniquely qualified to bridge the gap and elevate health care worldwide.

Azusa Pacific mobilizes nursing students to address global health issues, facilitate cultural sensitivity, and enrich the academic experience. The APU School of Nursing, known for preparing compassionate and morally reflective healthcare leaders and scholars who seek to improve the health and lives of all people, promotes, supports, and develops a variety of international and intercultural programs for nursing students with global aspirations.

Whether through short-term programs or full semesters overseas, our study-away programs allow students to observe and participate in healthcare organizations in very diverse circumstances, and thereby identify and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their personal and professional philosophies of health care. In the classroom and in professional life, these experiences provide tangible applications to academic discussions on the cultural, social, and political factors that impact the development of healthcare systems in this country and around the world.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS, BSN)
Accelerated BSN (post-bachelor’s/second degree BSN)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Post-Master’s Certificate
Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
Online Degree Options Available