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As a nursing major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll be equipped with the values, knowledge, and skills to improve health for all through leadership and service. As a graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you’ll be enabled to provide holistic and compassionate health care through a strong foundation in the nursing care of individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan. Our program’s focus is on wellness and disease prevention, evidence-based nursing practice, servant leadership, and culturally relevant care in a Christian environment.  Built on a strong liberal arts foundation, you’ll develop a sense of social responsibility as well as transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, conflict resolution, problem-solving, and the ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings. In the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, a rigorous program of study, you’ll be supported and challenged as you learn in the classroom, in the nursing lab, and in clinical settings throughout the Central San Joaquin Valley.


  • Small class sizes in a cohort model
  • Innovative curriculum taught by supportive faculty with decades of nursing experience
  • An emphasis on wellness and health promotion as well as evidence-based nursing practice across the lifespan
  • Opportunities to train at some of the best hospitals in the San Joaquin Valley
  • Personalized advising from faculty
  • Courses that integrate faith and science
  • A focus on the human and spiritual aspects of nursing, as well as the physical and technical skills needed to answer the call to serve

Career opportunities

Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) to be licensed as a registered nurse (RN) and enter into professional nursing practice. You will meet California BRN requirements to apply for the Public Health Nurse certification. As a graduate, you’ll be prepared for nursing positions in direct patient care, education, and administration throughout the health care industry - in hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, and more. After successfully completing the BSN degree, you’ll have the educational foundation for entry into the master's program that prepares advanced practice nurses for roles as nurse practitioners in primary care.

Admission requirements

Admission to the BSN program at FPU is a 2 step process. First, students must meet the admissions requirements and be admitted to the University. Admitted freshmen students will then enroll in 2 years of general education requirements and nursing prerequisite classes.

During the second year, students must apply and submit the requirements for the BSN program. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the BSN program. The BSN nursing admission committee will be looking at performance in program course prerequisites, ATI TEAS scores, and the nursing application along with a written statement, in-person interviews, and other academic information. You must be able to pass all criminal history checks and medical and drug tests.

Admission to the BSN program is competitive and limited by the number of available clinical spots. Transfer students may apply for direct entry starting for Fall 2022 (our first year of clinicals) but preference is given to students who have done their lower-division course work at FPU.

Course listing

Semester 1 of 8 (Year 1, Fall)
Human anatomy and physiology I3
Human anatomy and physiology I LAB1
College transitions and success1
Written communication3
Jesus and the Christian community3
Ancient civilizations4
Physical education activity1
Total Units16
Semester 2 of 8 (Year 1, Spring)
Human anatomy and physiology II3
Human anatomy and physiology II LAB1
Biblical literature course3
Medieval and early modern civilizations4
Oral communication3
Introduction to sociology3
Total Units17
Semester 3 of 8 (Year 2, Fall)
Intro to chemistry and biochemistry3
Intro to chemistry and biochemistry LAB1
Life span development3
Modern civilizations4
Humanities elective 13
Total Units17
Semester 4 of 8 (Year 2, Spring)
Microbiology LAB1
Intro to statistics3
Professional roles and theories of nursing3
FS: Theological ethics of conflict and peacemaking3
Humanities elective 23
Total Units16
Semester 5 of 8 (Year 3, Fall)
Pathophysiology and pharmacology A3
Health assessment2
Health assessment LAB1
Foundations of nursing3
    Foundations of nursing PRACTICUM (90 hours)2
Nursing care of the adult and elder I (geriatrics; med/surg)2
    Nursing care of the adult and elder PRACTICUM I (135 hours)3
Total Units16
Semester 6 of 8 (Year 3, Spring)
Pathophysiology and pharmacology B3
Nursing care of the adult and elder II (geriatrics; med/surg)2
    Nursing care of the adult and elder PRACTICUM II (135 hours)3
Nursing care of the childbearing family (obstetrics)2
    Nursing care of the childbearing family PRACTICUM (90 hours)2
FS: Conflict Management3
Total Units15
Semester 7 of 8 (Year 4, Fall)
Nursing care of children (pediatrics)2
    Nursing care of children PRACTICUM (90 hours)2
Nursing care of the critically ill2
    Nursing care of the critically ill PRACTICUM (90 hours)2
Writing in the natural sciences3
Nursing informatics and economics2
Nursing research3
Total Units16
Semester 8 of 8 (Year 4, Spring)
Mental health nursing2
    Mental health nursing PRACTICUM (90 hours)2
Public health nursing3
    Public health nursing PRACTICUM (90 hours)2
Nursing leadership2
    Nursing leadership PRACTICUM (45 hours)1
Senior project2
NCLEX Review1
Total Units15
Total Program Units128

 *Foreign language requirement may be met by one of the following:

  1. Level III high school language with grade of C- or better in the final semester.
  2. A passing grade in elementary, level II, college language study.
  3. Examination (CLEP, local examination, TOEFL or IELTS)

Approval and Accreditation

The pre-licensure registered nursing program received California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approval for feasibility in June 2019. Full program approval is a multi-year process.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Fresno Pacific University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Program director

Photo of Photo of Rox Ann Sparks

Rox Ann Sparks, DNP, RN, LNC, CMHIMP

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


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Sandra Isaak, MSN, FNP-C

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing