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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) prepares you to take your associate degree in nursing to the next level and become a leader in your profession. FPU develops nursing professionals equipped with the values, knowledge and skills to improve health for all through leadership and service. Courses are designed to broaden your academic foundation while focusing on clinical decision-making, critical thinking, holistic care and leadership instruction. You’ll also learn about community and public health nursing, as well as nursing research processes. Leadership instruction includes conflict management. If you don't currently have your RN or are not actively working toward your RN, please visit our traditional undergraduate BSN program page.


  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Fresno Pacific University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
  • Graduates of the program meet California BRN requirements to apply for the Public Health Nurse certification
  • Cohorts groups meet face-to-face for class one night per week
  • Cohort of 12-20 adults progress through the program together
  • Experienced faculty and assignments that apply to everyday life
  • Students come from a variety of life stages and cultural backgrounds
  • Courses offered in a blended format

Career opportunities

Graduates from the BSN program are prepared for advanced nursing positions throughout the health care industry, as well as administrator positions in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and retirement centers. They are also qualified to pursue graduate studies in nursing.

Program director

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Rox Ann Sparks, DNP, RN, LNC, CMHIMP

Professor Nursing, RN to BSN Program Director, BSN Program Director

Admission requirements

  • 60 transferable baccalaureate level units
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA
  • Must have a Registered Nursing Licensure by the second semester

Application Requirements:

  • Application form
  • $40 fee (fee is waived for those attending an information meeting)
  • Official high school transcripts
  • GED or AA/AS degree
  • Official college transcripts

Program Requirements:

  • Active nursing license or proof of application for California registered nursing license
  • Transcripts verifying completion of A.S. degree in nursing
  • Background check and immunization verification required before practicum
  • Statistics, writing and chemistry*

Course listing

Additional Requirements

Recommended to be taken prior to entering the cohort

MATH 250Introduction to Statistics Credits3
CHEM 100Introductory Chemistry Credits3

or equivalent introductory chemistry course

Required Courses (42 Units)

The following units must be earned at Fresno Pacific University

BIB 314Jesus and the Christian Community Credits3
BIB 446Biblical Perspectives for Health Care Credits3
COM 342Advanced Academic Research and Composition Credits3
NURS 315Professional Role Development, Nursing Theory and Health Promotion Credits3
NURS 330Health Assessment Credits3
NURS 335APrinciples of Patho-Physiology and Pharmacology I Credits3
NURS 335BPrinciples of Patho-Physiology and Pharmacology II Credits3
NURS 420Nursing Research Credits3
NURS 435Public Health Nursing and Global Health Issues Credits3
NURS 445Public Health Nursing and Community Health Assessment Practicum Credits3
NURS 450Information Technology and Health Care Economics Credits3
NURS 465Leadership and Clinical Management With Practicum Credits3
NURS 480Senior Project Credits3
PACS 440Conflict Transformation Credits3


Upper-division elective units as needed to meet the Bachelor of Science minimum. This requirement may also be met through allowable college coursework, Advanced Placement exams, College Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate exams, and Military or ACE credit.

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